U.S.-Mexico Agricultural Trade: Opportunities for Making Free Trade Under NAFTA More Agile

08/22/2016 USDA Economic Research Service

us mex flagAs part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico and the United States gradually eliminated all tariffs and quotas governing bilateral agricultural trade during a 14-year transition period from January 1, 1994, to January 1, 2008. The same period saw growing cooperation between the two countries on sanitary, phytosanitary, and other regulatory issues affecting the agricultural and processed food sectors—a process that continues to this day. Together, this sweeping trade liberalization and ongoing regulatory cooperation made possible a dramatic increase in U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade.

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This Week in Latin America: Mexico’s Union Trouble

08/22/2016 Americas Quarterly

education - classroomEducation Reform in Mexico: The CNTE teachers’ union says it will not return to classes today for the start of the new school year. Union members have for months been protesting an education reform package that would require teacher evaluations and curtail the practice of members purchasing or inheriting teaching positions. The CNTE says the reform is unfairly weighted against teachers in rural areas, and have called on the government to meet a list of demands to alter the proposed laws. The teachers’ strike will be most widespread in the restive states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, where the CNTE exerts considerable power over local politics and recent demonstrations against the reforms have led to violent clashes with police.

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Complaints on the rise against Mexico’s CFE

08/22/2016 BNamericas

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State power utility CFE is one of the leading Mexican companies when it comes to customer complaints.

Federal consumer protection agency Profeco says 4% of the complaints it fields are against the utility, mainly about its metering system and billing. Complaints against CFE rose to 29,002 last year, 11% higher than in 2014, which in turn saw a 38% rise from 2013.

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Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto plagiarized thesis for law degree: report

08/22/16 The Guardian

PenaNieto.jpgPresident Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico heavily plagiarized the thesis for his law degree, according to an investigation by a local news outlet.

Aristegui Noticias on Sunday published an online report based on an analysis of the embattled president’s thesis by a group of academics, which it said was then corroborated by the news outlet.

It said 29% of the thesis was material lifted from other works, including 20 paragraphs copied word-for-word from a book written by former president Miguel de la Madrid without citation or mention in the bibliography.

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Mexico Hopes More Than $1bn in New Investment Can Bring The ‘Jet-Set’ Back to Crime-Ridden Acapulco

08/22/16 CNS News

AcapulcoDInvestors and the government plan to spend more than one billion U.S. dollars over the next few years in the hopes of returning crime-ridden Acapulco to its former glory as an “international jet-set” resort that once attracted the likes of John F. Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.

Today, Acapulco’s reputation and quality of life are drowning beneath a wave of crime tied to narcotics and drug trafficking.

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Trump on Immigration, Deportation, the US-Mexico Wall

08/22/16 The New York Times 

trumpA cornerstone of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is a promise to deport the estimate 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally while also building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for the wall.

June 16, 2015

In his presidential announcement speech, Trump portrayed immigrants from Mexico as “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” Trump also boasted about his ability to fortify the border with Mexico: “Nobody builds walls better than me.”

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Americans Love Their Tequila Shots Even as Trump Bashes Mexico

08/23/16 Bloomberg

995px-Casa_Noble_tequilaWhile Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters chant “build the wall,” more Americans are drinking beer and tequila imported from what would be on the other side.

The largest alcohol producers are stressing the need to appeal to consumers — Hispanic and otherwise — who increasingly want products with Mexican heritage. U.S. beer shipments from Mexico grew 18 percent this year through June, outpacing the 1.3 percent gain for all beer shipments, according to data from the Beer Institute.

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