Violence, drugs dash Mexico Triqui people’s dream of new start far from home

crime and drugsReuters 12/1/2015

San Quintin, BAJA CALIFORNIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Baja California, Gabino Bautista yearns for his homeland thousands of miles south of the northern Mexican state, but the bullet wounds in his body remind him he can never go back.

Bautista is one of about 15,000 members of the Triqui indigenous tribe forced by drug-related violence to flee mountainous San Juan Copala in Mexico’s southern Oaxaca state for a fresh start, only to find life in northern Mexico is worse.

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Mexico’s Pemex inks deal with Global Water Development Partners

pemex2Reuters 11/30/2015

Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex has entered into a partnership with Global Water Development Partners (GWDP) that aims to invest $800 million in water treatment infrastructure projects, the Mexican company said in a statement on Monday.

The partnership will focus on storage and residual water treatment projects at Pemex oil production areas both onshore and offshore as well as at refineries and petrochemical plants, the statement said.

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What Mexico Gets Right About Adult Ed.

education - pile of booksEducation Week 12/1/2015

Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in all of Mexico, with the third-lowest literacy rate and one of the highest percentages of indigenous people of any state in the country. Those factors add to the enormous task for the Instituto Nacional de la Educacion de Adultos (National Institute of Adult Education), or INEA, and more specifically, for the state counterpart here in Oaxaca, known as the Instituto Estatal para la Educación de Adultos (State Institute for Adult Education), or IEEA. Many of the people working out of a four-story building in the Colonia Reforma neighborhood in Oaxaca city, dedicating their careers to this cause, are paid little. And their counterparts, providing the direct assistance and teaching to these adults, are paid even less.

But for adults throughout Mexico, more than 140,000 local learning circles brought to bear by INEA provide guided instruction in basic literacy, reading, math, Spanish language arts, and even targeted instruction in a dozen native languages for indigenous communities.

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Mexico reveals bid minimums for December’s onshore oil auction

pemex2Reuters 11/30/2015

Nov 30 Mexico’s government will require winning oil companies to bid at least 1 percent of pre-tax profits in next month’s onshore oil auction, the country’s Finance Ministry said on Monday.

The minimum pre-tax profits companies must offer to the government will range from 1 to 10 percent over the 25 oil and gas fields up for grabs at the Dec. 15 auction, according to the ministry’s statement.

The auction makes the third phase of the so-called Round One tender, the series of auctions which stem from the sweeping energy overhaul finalized last year by Mexico’s Congress and which aim to reverse a decade-long slide in Mexican crude output.

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Pope Outlines Mexico Trip With Four Stops, Including Juarez

pope-francis-707390_640ABC News 11/30/2015

Pope Francis says he hopes to add the key Mexico-U.S. border city of Juarez to his Mexico itinerary next year, confirming the trip will have a strong immigration theme.

He said he planned to visit Chiapas on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, where many Central African migrants pass through en route to the United States. He said he was “almost sure” that he would end his visit in Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico’s northern border with the U.S. In between, he said he would stop in Morelia.

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Mexico City hopes floating gondolas will beat its appalling traffic

cars in trafficQuartz 11/30/2015

Mexico City officials have an elevated idea about how to deal with the city’s hellish traffic: Hover over it.

The city’s science, technology and innovation department, known as Seciti, on Nov. 26 unveiled a prototype of an aerial transportation system that would float over the sea of cars, potholes and street protests that regularly disrupt life in the enormous metropolis.

The solution is a kind of elevated monorail, with gondolas that run on a horizontal track, and it could really help unload the city’s crowded streets, officials say. A 5km (3 mile) line could move 37 million people a year—and up to 200 million if it were extended another 10 km. For perspective, the busiest subway line transports around 290 million passengers a year.

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Faces from the Border: Choosing Friends

11/25/2015 The New Yorker

This is the third in a three-part series, “Faces from the Border,” about Mexican-American agents on the border between the United States and Mexico. The series was produced, with funding from the Ford Foundation, as part of a research project on migrants and migration policy by the Division of International Studies and the Journalism on Public Policy Program at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), in Mexico City.

Today, about half of the guardians of the border—U.S. Border Patrol agents—are Hispanic, and many have roots in both countries. Consider agent Yesenia León, aged thirty-three. She was born in a small town in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua and came across the border legally when she was four thanks to her father, a U.S. citizen. León, the youngest of six children, was raised in El Paso.

She graduated from Bowie High School, which back then, she says, was known as “La Bowie” because the south-central school had a reputation for its cholos, or gang members. It was also known as the place that had, through a 1992 federal lawsuit, changed the way the agents operated in border cities. The Border Patrol agency routinely stopped and questioned Hispanics near the high school, located just a few feet from the border. The lawsuit brought by Bowie students and staff successfully made a case against racial profiling that has had a major impact on Border Patrol procedures throughout the Southwest.

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