Mexico government expected to present long-awaited energy laws on Wednesday

April 30, 2014

Mexico BricksReuters, 4/29/14

Mexico’s government is expected on Wednesday to present long-awaited legislation to flesh out an energy reform that is the central pillar of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plan to ramp up growth in Latin America’s No. 2 economy. Passed in December, the energy overhaul ends the state’s 75-year-old oil and gas monopoly and aims to generate billions of dollars worth of private investment in Mexico, the world’s 10th biggest producer of crude oil.

The so-called secondary laws are needed to set regulations and other rules for the implementation of the reform, and the government had hoped to present them weeks ago. However, disputes with an increasingly divided opposition delayed the process.

The government is keen to present the laws before the current session of Congress ends on Wednesday and lawmakers in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had said they would be presented late on Tuesday or on Wednesday.

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Mexico’s Peña Nieto defends telecom overhaul amid accusations of censorship

April 30, 2014

Enrique Pena NietoFox News Latino, 4/25/14

President Enrique Peña Nieto said last year’s telecommunications overhaul “is key to boosting the competitiveness” of Mexico’s economy, even as various sectors allege the package’s proposed enabling legislation – currently before the Senate – threatens freedom of expression.

During the award ceremony for the 2014 National Entrepreneur Prize, the president said high-quality telecommunications are a strategic input and businesses and entrepreneurs must have access to them at internationally competitive rates. His remarks came as a Mexican Senate committee is debating a package of enabling laws presented by Peña Nieto’s administration in March to accompany the overhaul, which amended Article 28 of the Mexican constitution.

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Mexico prosecutors say evidence lacking against military officers

January 23, 2013

Los Anyouth with handgungeles Times, 1/23/2013

The case against six Mexican military officers accused of colluding with the Beltran Leyva drug cartel may be falling apart as federal prosecutors under new President Enrique Peña Nieto have reportedly admitted they lack sufficient evidence to back up the government’s allegations.

The prosecutors’ statement to a federal judge presiding over the criminal case was included in court documents obtained by the newspaper Reforma and published Tuesday. A representative of the Mexican attorney general’s office would not comment.

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America Movil to acquire unit of Mexico’s CIE

January 22, 2013

carlos slimReuters, 1/21/2013

America Movil (AMXL.MX), the telecom giant controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, announced a deal that will boost his access to Mexico’s advertising market even as local regulators block Slim from offering pay television services. Slim’s America Movil generates hefty advertising revenue from its dominant TV business outside of Mexico but it has been denied access to the local broadcast market because of competition concerns.

The deal with Mexican entertainment company CIE will give Slim an advertising unit valued at 1,668 million Mexican pesos ($131.65 million), CIE said. Neither company disclosed the terms of the deal.

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Education Reform in Mexico is Passed

January 18, 2013

El Universal, 1/16/2013

education2Los estados de Yucatán, Campeche e Hidalgo aprobaron la reforma educativa en sus congresos locales, por lo que los cambios a la Constitución quedaron avalados. Con estos estados, suman 18 las entidades que dieron su aval a la reforma enviada por el presidente Enrique Peña Nieto y que fue avalada por el Congreso de la Unión. En Yucatán, los 25 diputados del Congreso (15 del PRI, 7 del PAN, 2 del PRD y 1 del PVEM) aprobaron por unanimidad las reformas a la Constitución Política sobre la reforma educativa.

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Mexico: New President, New Drug Violence Plan

January 17, 2013

lawNPR, 1/17/2013

Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, recently enacted a law to compensate victims of drug violence. It also sets up a national registry to record the crimes. Host Michel Martin discusses the new law with Nik Steinberg of Human Rights Watch.

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U.S. Gun Control Efforts Get Support From Mexico Amid Drug War

January 14, 2013

Bloomberg, 1/14/2013

Guns by Flickr user barjackU.S. efforts to limit gun purchases are winning approval in Mexico as President Barack Obama considers measures to stem violence that could also restrict weapons access for drug cartels south of the border. Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s incoming ambassador to Washington, said last week that there’s a link between the end of the U.S. assault-weapons ban in 2004 and the arming of cartels whose war with the government has left more than 58,000 dead since 2006. The comments echo those from former President Felipe Calderon, who left office last month after a six-year term in which he repeatedly blamed U.S. guns for the surge in Mexican violence. Medina Mora, who served as Calderon’s attorney general and ambassador to the U.K. before being confirmed as President Enrique Pena Nieto’s envoy to Washington last week, said he hopes last month’s school massacre in Connecticut will spur the U.S. to overhaul gun regulations.

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Violent crime continues to bedevil Mexico under new leader

January 14, 2013

Guns by Flickr user barjackPittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/14/2013

A new surge of killing, kidnapping and extortion is the latest sign that the violent crime wave in Mexico has not subsided since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office and could grow further in the weeks to come, U.S. law enforcement officials say. Fresh intelligence indicates that the paramilitary group known as the Zetas is pushing farther into northern Coahuila and Chihuahua states, threatening to reignite deadly violence in areas bordering Texas, including Ciudad Juárez.

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Mexico’s new president is naming his foreign policy team

January 9, 2013

Dallas Morning News, 1/8/2013

Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is firming up his foreign policy team, naming key players to oversee everything from security cooperation with the Obama administration to Mexicans living in the United States. Peña Nieto is expected to officially name Eduardo Guerrero Gutiérrez, a security expert and writer whose work appears in top intellectual magazines, as a top security adviser. He was an influential critic of former President Felipe Calderón’s drug policy, which left more than 60,000 people dead in drug violence and more than 25,000 missing since December 2006. Additionally, Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña this week named Arnulfo Valdivia Machuca, a native of Peña Nieto’s native state of Mexico, to head the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, known as IME. The appointment drew praise.

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Mexico to create new force to fight cartels

December 29, 2012

Al-Jazeera, 12/29/2012

Guns by Flickr user barjackOne of the top priorities for Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s new president, is tackling violence. His predecessor tried going after the leaders of drug cartels, but that had only limited success. Now Pena Nieto’s promising to employ a new strategy, by creating a new national police force made up of former military troops.

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