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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Mexico Takes On Teachers Over School Control

December 23, 2012
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Enrique Peña Nieto

Wall Street Journal,  12/21/2012

Mexico’s Congress on Friday passed a sweeping overhaul to the country’s dysfunctional educational system, marking a major victory for new President Enrique Peña Nieto but setting up a protracted conflict with the powerful teachers’ union. The bill, which passed 360-51, changes Mexico’s Constitution to give the government, rather than the union, control over the hiring and firing of teachers, tackling a system where only union members can become teachers and where teachers hold guaranteed lifelong posts without ever being tested or measured for their performance. Among other things, the bill creates a new independent body to periodically evaluate teachers, who could potentially be fired if they don’t meet required standards. It also seeks to lengthen the school day to six to eight hours from a current average of just four—about half that of South Korea and Finland.

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Mexico’s Drug War Made Crisis Worse, Pena Nieto Administration Says

December 21, 2012

Fox News Latino, 12/19/2012

While the approach was praised by some, it’s a far cry from the 80,000-member  corps he promoted on the campaign trail, said Eric Olson, a México analyst at  the Woodrow Wilson Center.

“It reflects that reality is setting in that they don’t have people sitting  idly to join these forces,” he added.

Despite his promises of reform, some human rights experts worry that Peña  Nieto has not been transparent enough with his plans and needs to reveal more  details of his new strategy

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