Peña Nieto Confronts Renewed Violence in Mexico

October 6, 2014

10/03/14 Brookings

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The government of Peña Nieto changed the national discourse on organized crime and violence in Mexico. It requested that the media banish homicides from its front pages in order to calm citizens’ anxieties and assure foreign investors that the government held control over insecurity. The means to assert this control transferred greater autonomy to the armed forces, as well as to state and municipal police, institutions lacking appropriate training for law enforcement. In September 2014, both the armed forces and the municipal police are alleged to have killed and caused the disappearance of groups of citizens. These violent acts, as well as the murder of prominent politicians, have raised the specter that a new level of violence has returned to Mexico – this time carried out by official bodies as well as organized crime.

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A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear

October 6, 2014

10/05/16 New York Times

120px-Mexico-US_border_countiesThe smugglers advertised on the radio as spring bloomed into summer: “Do you want to live better? Come with me.” Cecilia, a restless wisp of a girl, heard the pitch and ached to go. Her stepfather had been murdered, forcing her, her mother and four younger siblings into her aunt’s tiny home, with just three beds for 10 people. It was all they had — and all a smuggler needed. He offered them a loan of $7,000 for Cecilia’s journey, with the property as a guarantee. “I gave him the original deed,” said Jacinta, her aunt, noting that the smuggler gave them a year to repay the loan, with interest. “I did it out of love.” The trip lasted nearly a month, devolving from a journey of want and fear into an outright abduction by smugglers in the United States.

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Companies in Mexico Find Healthier Packaged Foods a Tough Sell

October 6, 2014

10/02/14 Wall Street Journal

medicine healthcare - stethoscopeMexico is the world’s ninth biggest market for packaged food. But, seven out of 10 adults in the country and a third of children are overweight. Facing daunting public health bills, the Mexican government has undertaken a series of measures this year, ranging from taxes on food it deems unhealthy to restrictions on junk food advertising aimed at young children.

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Prospects for Improving Canada’s Relations with Mexico

October 6, 2014

9/25/14 Hudson Institute

NAFTAChristopher Sands, Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute testified in from of the Senate of Canada Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he addresses why the Canadian relationship with Mexico matters to all three NAFTA countries.

To read his testimony please click here.

 

 


Mexico Aims for Agreement on Sugar Exports to U.S.

October 2, 2014

10/01/14 Wall Street Journal 

sugarMexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Wednesday that Mexico is seeking a negotiated settlement to a dispute over Mexican sugar exports to the U.S., but that failure to reach an accord could lead Mexico to take the case to the World Trade Organization. The U.S. government in August imposed preliminary tariffs on Mexican sugar imports following complaints by U.S. sugar growers that the Mexican government subsidizes the domestic industry, allowing Mexico to flood the U.S. market with cheap sugar, harming U.S. producers.

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Despite Drop in Homicides, Mexico’s Crimes Said to Increase

October 1, 2014

09/30/14 Bloomberg

survey opinion checklistDespite a decline in homicides, other crimes in Mexico rose for a second straight year in 2013, affecting more than a third of households as muggings, extortion and kidnappings all increased, according to a government survey Tuesday. The National Statistics Institute, or Inegi, said there were 33.1 million crimes committed last year against 22.5 million victims, or close to 42,000 crimes per 100,000 in the general population. The number of crimes was up 19% from 27.8 million in 2012. The new survey excludes homicides. Inegi officials declined to comment on the implications of the survey, which was conducted in March and April of this year. Alejandro Schtulmann, a political analyst at the Empra consultancy, said the increase in crime in 2013 continued a trend of recent years, and attributed it partly to the lack of effective local and state police forces.

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Slim Enriches Himself With Breakup He Resisted: Corporate Mexico

October 1, 2014

09/30/14 Bloomberg

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Carlos Slim, the billionaire who successfully protected a telecommunications monopoly in Mexico for more than two decades, scored one of his biggest financial windfalls by finally giving into the government. Shares of Slim’s America Movil SAB (AMXL) have soared 24 percent this quarter, the biggest gain in five years, as the company said in July it would sell assets worth about $17.5 billion amid a push by lawmakers and regulators to force competition on the country’s dominant phone companies and broadcasters. The stock’s advance was almost four times the average for emerging-market telecommunications companies, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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