Op-ed: Mexico’s Toughest Job (Spanish)

June 6, 2013

people with question marksBy Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra, Reforma,

¿Cuál es el trabajo más difícil para llevar a cabo en México? Imagínese ser policía de tránsito. Mal pagado, sin el mínimo respeto de la ciudadanía, respirando aire contaminado en medio del calor, sin siquiera lugar para ir al baño. O cualquiera de los trabajos físicamente extenuantes, desde cortar caña a mover bultos de cemento. Pero dentro de los trabajos directivos uno de los peores debe ser el de gobernador. Pensará el lector que me volví loco. El jefe de un Ejecutivo estatal cuenta con mucho dinero. Los recursos que manda la Federación no han hecho más que crecer. Si son insuficientes, se puede pedir prestado al final del sexenio y luego pasarle la cuenta al sucesor.

Todo este dinero se puede usar con enorme discrecionalidad. La mayoría de programas de gasto social en los estados, por ejemplo, no tiene manuales de procedimientos. Es un puesto desde el que se puede enriquecer a compadres y amigos y darle trabajo a quien se desee. El gobernador suele controlarlo todo, desde el Poder Judicial local, hasta el instituto electoral de la entidad. No importa si gobierna mal. Basta un buen gasto en medios de comunicación. Los locales suelen estar bien dispuestos a recibir recursos públicos e incluso sobran medios nacionales generosos con el “góber”, claro, con contrato de publicidad de por medio. Y cuando un problema se pone difícil, siempre está la Federación para resolverlo, como ahora en Michoacán, cuyo gobernador enfermo no pudo enfrentar al crimen organizado.

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Poll Reveals Obama’s Popularity among Mexicans (SPANISH)

May 2, 2013

440px-Official_portrait_of_Barack_ObamaReforma, 5/2/2013

Reforma‘s most recent poll reveals that President Obama is viewed favorably amongst most Mexicans–especially those who live in the northern part of the country. Other findings indicate that  people under 30 years and Mexicans with a university degree have a positive view of the President of the United States. 

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Mexico government downplays deadly violence

April 12, 2013

crime sceneThe Los Angeles Times, 4/11/13

The new government claimed the homicide rate in February was the lowest single monthly toll in 40 months. However, the number, 914, was about 5% lower than Reforma newspaper estimates and did not take into account the month’s fewer days in calculating the comparison. Peña Nieto and his officials have deliberately sought to refocus attention on Mexico’s still sluggish economy and issues other than violence in hopes of burnishing the government’s image and attracting investment that would in turn finance ambitious domestic programs.

In many ways, the government propaganda campaign has succeeded. From Washington think tanks to local Mexican newspapers, many of which have been attacked or threatened by criminal gangs, a rhetoric has emerged that ignores facts and promotes discussion of the economy over violence.

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Pemex Signs Cooperation Agreement With Exxon Mobil (In Spanish)

April 4, 2013

Pemex LogoReforma, 4/3/2013

Pemex Exploración y Producción (PEP) suscribió un convenio de colaboración por cinco años con la firma Exxon Mobil con el fin de impulsar el desarrollo científico, tecnológico y de recursos humanos en la exploración, perforación, producción, transporte y almacenamiento de hidrocarburos.

A través de este acuerdo de carácter no comercial, ambas compañías podrán promover la colaboración en áreas de interés mutuo, sin que suponga prestación de servicio por una parte o la otra, además de que no implica contraprestación alguna, destaca.

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Criminal procedure reform faces hurdles (In Spanish)

February 20, 2013

120px-Law_gavel Reforma, 2/18/2013

Mexican newspaper Reforma recently highlighted Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico: Where Things Stand Now – a Mexico Institute publication written by Matthew Ingram – on its front page. The article points out that although 22 states have already enacted relevant legislation, oral trials have only been implemented in 12 states.

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Pemex “lends” 500 million pesos to oil workers’ union (Spanish)

February 15, 2013

PemexReforma, 2/14/2013

Pemex recently allowed the Oil Workers Union of Mexico, headed by Carlos Romero Deschamps, to borrow 500 million pesos to be paid back in ten years at no interest.

Although Pemex wished to maintain this information secret until January 2021, REFORMA acquired Union Administrative Council document 10614 which describes that the resources were handed to the organization on December 8th, 2011 for the purpose of “building houses.”

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AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 10/12/12

October 12, 2012

Each morning, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from major Mexican dailies.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera,”Calderón busca trascender”: Through his recent actions it seems as though President Felipe Calderón is trying to determine part of the next administration, first he announced his candidates for the Supreme Court and yesterday in Tijuana he confirmed that the “digital switch” will start next year; President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto made progress for the collaboration between Mexico and Germany for alternative energy sources during his meeting with Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila called for the people to unite and help bring about more benefits for the elderly, children, single mothers and the unemployed rather than continue uniting for demonstrations against the July elections.

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/10/12/opinion/008o2pol

 

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Mexico cartel attacks on press take toll on drug war coverage

July 24, 2012

The Los Angeles Times, 7/23/2012

The responses by the two news outlets that came under siege, leaving staffers shaken but unhurt, have been markedly different.

El Mañana newspaper in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, the northeastern region’s dominant daily, announced in an editorial a day later that it would no longer report on “violent disputes.”

Reforma, a national paper whose offices in the northern city of Monterrey were attacked, made no public pronouncement but has not backed down from coverage.

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¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 11/28/11

November 28, 2011

The Mexico Institute, AL DÍA: News and Analysis from the Mexico Institute, 11/28/11

Each morning, through the Mexico Portal feature, “¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día”, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from five major Mexican dailies: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Excelsior and Milenio. Enjoy!

Cada día, por la entrada titulada, “¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día”, vamos a traerles un surtido de artículos de opinión de cinco periódicos populares de México: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Excelsior y Milenio. ¡Que lo disfruten!

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Prominent journalist Granados Chapa dies at age 70

October 16, 2011

The Associated Press, 10/16/11

Mexico’s president is mourning the death of well-known columnist and democracy advocate Miguel Angel Granados Chapa, calling his passing a sad say for letters and journalism in Mexico.

President Felipe Calderon says Granados Chapa was a vigorous defender of freedom of expression and tireless journalist whose critiques strengthened democratic culture and life.

Calderon issued his condolences in a statement late Sunday.

The newspaper Reforma, where Granados Chapa wrote the column, Public Square, said he died Sunday afternoon at the age of 70.

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