Pemex boss: looking to the US and to Asia

September 17, 2014

09/15/14 Financial Times

Oil barrelsEver pragmatic, the boss of Pemex, Mexico’s revamping state oil company, knows the first barrels of oil extracted from the enticing deepwater prospects in the Gulf of Mexico under the country’s historic energy reform will probably be processed and shipped through existing US infrastructure. But don’t be tempted to think that Pemex is taking its eye off Asia.

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US, Mexico, CentAm to Look at Child Migration

September 10, 2014

09/09/14 ABC News

children northern Mexico credit Kelly DonlanThe attorney generals from the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have agreed to form a high-level group to address the migration of unaccompanied children. U.S. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon says in a statement that Attorney General Eric Holder met with his counterparts in Mexico City on Tuesday.


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U.S.-Mexico: Border Liaison Groups—the Bread and Butter of Cooperation

August 27, 2013

Photo by Flikr user Rockin RobinAula Blog, 8/27/2013

Drug traffickers often find ingenious ways to get their product across the U.S.-Mexico border, but cooperation among Border Liaison Officers can often stop them. In Mexicali, one trafficker used a pneumatic cannon attached to his truck bed to shoot packages of marijuana across the border for pickup. After some surveillance, Border Patrol caught the truck in action. Agents took down the license plate number and called an officer in the Mexicali police department, who looked up the number, tracked down the truck’s owner, and made an arrest. Border Patrol agents knew who to call in Mexicali because they belong to the same border liaison group.

Although they receive little public attention, border liaison groups are a crucial part of the cooperative infrastructure between the two nations. They allow cooperation to continue during, and in spite of, political transitions, diplomatic imbroglios, and other shifts in bilateral relations.

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Mexican drug cartel activity in U.S. said to be exaggerated in widely cited federal report

August 26, 2013

mexican drugsThe Washington Post, 8/25/2013

When Sen. John McCain spoke during an Armed Services Committee hearing last year on security issues in the Western Hemisphere, he relayed a stark warning about the spread of Mexican drug cartels in the United States. McCain based his remarks on a report by a now-defunct division of the Justice Department, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), which had concluded in 2011 that Mexican criminal organizations, including seven major drug cartels, were operating in more than 1,000 U.S. cities.

But the number, widely reported by news organizations across the country, is misleading at best, according to U.S. law enforcement officials and drug policy analysts interviewed by The Washington Post. They said the number is inflated because it relied heavily on self-reporting by law enforcement agencies, not on documented criminal cases involving Mexican drug-trafficking organizations and cartels.

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Op-ed: Mexico: More Than Borders and Beaches

August 15, 2013

shutterstock_102739391By Mark R. Kennedy, The Huffington Post, 8/14/2013

The biggest surprise from my recent visit to Mexico was how wide the gap is between how most Americans perceive our neighbor to the south and the reality of what it is today.

The view of Mexico from the United States seems to either fixate on the struggles we have along the border or the attractiveness of their seemingly endless number of magnificent beaches. The truth is that in between that challenging border and inviting beaches lies a country of 116 million enterprising people on the move. The United States ignores that reality to its detriment.

Five experiences from my trip highlight aspects of Mexico that most Americans ignore.

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Op-ed: How Dumb Is Immigration Debate? This Dumb.

August 9, 2013

shutterstock_24590917By Ezra Klein, Bloomberg, 8/8/2013

Everything you know about immigration, particularly unauthorized immigration, is wrong. So says Princeton University’s Doug Massey, anyway. Massey is one of the nation’s preeminent immigration scholars. And he thinks we’ve wasted a whole lot of money on immigration policy and are about to waste a whole lot more.

Massey slices the history of Mexico-to-U.S. migration in five periods. Early in the 20th century, there was the era of “the hook,” when Japan stopped sending workers to the U.S. and the mining, agriculture and railroad industries begged Mexican laborers to replace them. It’s called “the hook” because laborers were recruited with promises of high wages, signing bonuses, transportation and lodging, most of which either never materialized or were deducted from their paychecks.

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Working Paper: Mexico and the Energy Revolution

August 8, 2013

Energy -electricity_transmission_linesMexican Council on Foreign Relations – COMEXI

The global energy situation changed in that short period and with it the world map. North America,  particularly the United States and Canada, are leading a deep energy revolution that is providing   access to the world of hydrocarbons that were not considered economically or technically recoverable  in the past. Many of these resources are proposing an accelerated trans formation of industrial  processes based on natural gas, which leads to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and provides a few years to continue to develop renewable sources to replace hydrocarbons in due time. The old American dream of energy self- sufficiency may be possible, as well as a revival of its manufacturing capacity, and a profound transformation of the power and influence of all countries on the global energy diagram. That, which used to be a fact, is no longer true for anyone.
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The Energy Working Group’s material can be found here.


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