Mexican state known for gender-based violence issues emergency alert

July 30, 2015

07/30/15 The Guardian

HONDURAS-WOMEN-DISCRIMINATION-MARCHEmergency measures to tackle violence against women are to be implemented in parts of Mexico’s most densely populated state, where thousands of women and girls have been murdered and disappeared in the past decade.

A gender alert has been issued in 11 municipalities in the state of Mexico, known in Spanish as Edomex, after authorities finally conceded that systematic violence against women and girls exists in parts of the state.

Human rights groups and families of victims have been demanding a gender alert since 2010 amid growing evidence that Edomex had become the most dangerous place to be female in the country.

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Mexico delays auction of deepwater oil assets

July 30, 2015

07/30/15 Financial Times

gas pipeline in green fieldMexico has delayed the auction for its prized deepwater oil assets and sweetened bid terms after its inaugural tender to open its oil sector to private investors flopped two weeks ago.

The call for bids in deepwater fields and subsequent opening of data rooms had been delayed by two months and was now likely to occur at the end of September, Joaquin Coldwell, energy minister, told local television channel Foro TV on Tuesday night.

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Did You Know?…

July 30, 2015

07/30/15 Mexico Institute

Mexican Immigration- Did You knowUnauthorized migration has already become a major issue of the upcoming 2016 elections. With so many voices, players and opinions, it may become hard to tell fact from fiction. This summer, the Pew Research Center came out with new data and numbers on the topic. Here are a few facts to know about Mexican migration.

Read the full article: http://pewrsr.ch/1HND619

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Will There Be Blood?

July 30, 2015

07/30/15 US News

energy - oil_rigOn one particular pipeline being built in Mexico’s desert, work stopped at 5 p.m. No exceptions.

“After 5:30, when the cartels start moving drugs, they have to leave the site. And the cartel made it very clear that if they saw them after 5:30, they would be butchered. So they enter into an ‘agreement,'” says Miriam Grunstein, a professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon and attorney who advised the unnamed pipeline construction company that entered into the understanding.

“It’s very spooky, but that’s how it works,” she says.

Pick your euphemism, but oil and gas companies are certainly no strangers to working in “volatile,” “dynamic” or “uncertain” settings, whether they be in Angola, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria or Papua New Guinea, not to mention Iraq after the U.S. invasion. Now Mexico may soon join that list: Last year, his country faced with a potential credit downgrade and hungry for cash, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Mexico would begin allowing foreign companies to drill for oil and gas alongside the state-owned company, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, which has controlled exploration and production since 1938.

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Uber drivers attacked outside Mexico City airport as taxi drivers demonstrate

July 30, 2015

07/30/15 The Guardian

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, according to the company, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a “total halt” to app-based rideshare services in the capital.

Video of the demonstration showed people throwing eggs and flour inside the windows of vehicles, kicking doors and trying to rip off side mirrors. One man destroyed a sedan’s rear window with a large rock.

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Who Are The Biggest Players In Mexico City’s Media Market?

July 29, 2015

07/29/15 Forbes

tvMexico City media landscape has evolved rapidly over the last 20 years. While some critics still complain that TV giants such as Televisa and TV Azteca focus more on supporting the official government view than engaging in critical investigative journalism, gone are the days when all newspapers relied on government ad revenue and paper from a state-owned company.

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Financing set for gas line in northern Mexico

July 29, 2015

07/29/15 Oil and Gas Journal

money laundering -- dollar billsFinancing is set for construction of a 289-mile pipeline that will carry natural gas produced in Texas to power plants in Mexico, reports Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, which represented the funding group.

The La Laguna pipeline will connect power plants owned by state-owned Comision Federal del Electricidad in El Encino, Chihuahua, and La Laguna, Durango.

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