Global Post, 11/15/2013
Los Angeles Times, 11/7/2013
When a high-ranking officer in the Venezuelan military posted the picture of the burned-up remnants of a small Mexican aircraft this week on Twitter, it launched a flurry of questions. Who had been in the plane? What had it been doing in Venezuela? Was it involved in the drug trade? Why had it gone up in flames? And where was the crew?
Those key questions remained unanswered Thursday afternoon, two days after Venezuelan military officer Vladimir Padrino Lopez posted the photo of the blackened, smoking ruins of the plane, which he identified as a small Hawker passenger jet. The mystery was threatening to create a row between two nations whose diplomatic relationship has been particularly rocky in recent years.
With the capture of two top drug lords in little more than a month, the new government of President Enrique Pena Nieto is following an old strategy it openly criticized for causing more violence and crime.
Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, a top leader of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, was detained Saturday in a military operation near the Texas border, just weeks after the arrest of the leader of the brutal Zetas cartel near another border city, Nuevo Laredo. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong took his post in December saying the strategy of former President Felipe Calderon to take out cartel leaders only made drug gangs more dangerous and violent. The new administration would focus less on leaders and more on reducing violence, he said.
U.S.-Mexico security cooperation has never been better than it is right now with the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano, who is leaving her post to head the University of California, met with Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong Tuesday in the border city of Matamoros, Mexico and announced plans for a bi-national security communications network and coordinated patrols between U.S. Border Patrol and Mexico’s Federal Police.
The Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.
What the English-language press had to say…
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank made headlines following their release of a study claiming immigration reform would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion over 50 years. Liberal and conservative critics spoke out against the study, and one of its authors became entangled in racism accusations. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Kimberley Strassel argued the Republican Party is actually quite unified in its support of immigration reform, which makes a repeat of the failed reform efforts of 2007 unlikely. On Thursday, the bill survived its first day under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mexico said Thursday that it will work with the International Red Cross on the search for thousands of people who have disappeared during the country’s six-year-old war on drug cartels. Officials provided few details of the arrangement signed in a public ceremony by the head of the International Red Cross and Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.
The Red Cross said in a statement that it would provide “studies, protocols and technical assistance related to the search for the disappeared” but gave no specifics. Red Cross officials said they could not release a copy of the agreement, and the Interior Department did not immediately respond to requests for a copy.
El Universal, 12/05/2012
El Universal, Red Politica, 9/4/12
Members of EPN’s team include: Luis Videgaray, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Roberto Miranda,Rosario Robles, María de los Ángeles Fromow Rangel, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Aurelio Nuño, Rodrigo Reyna, Fernando Galindo Favela, Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, Alejandra Lagune,Ildefonso Guajardo, Emilio Lozoya Austin, Gerardo Luis Esparza, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Cuauhtémoc Ochoa, Roberto Campa Cifrián, Alfredo Castillo, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Carolina Viggiano, Paloma Guillén Vicente and Luis Enrique Puente.
Read More and watch Peña Nieto’s speech here…