AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 9/14/12

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


Templo Mayor: Although not always true it is said that the general who heads the last military parade of the presidential term will be the next Secretary of Defense, this year Augusto Moisés García Ochoa will be leading the parade; In Nuevo León they ask: How Long? How long will they continue to live with fear and corruption in government as a norm? Many believe that come October 4th, with the stepping down of Governor Rodrigo Medina, their luck will change; Miguel Osorio Chong was able to arrange a sit down for President-elect Peña Nieto with six PAN Governors.

El Universal

Bajo Reserva, “Chuchos se la cobran a AMLO”: Jesus Ortega, former PRD president, has provoked a debate within the party because of his statements against Andrés Manuel López Obrador; Secretary of Labor, Rosalinda Vélez was seen going into San Lázaro to help deputies defend President Calderón’s labor reform.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera, “El verdadero desarrollo:”  Enrique Peña Nieto denied accepting an invitation to the Independence Yell Ceremony, which is Calderón’s final ceremony…Beltrones, PRI Coordinator in the Chamber of Deputies, spoke after the Employment Commission was confirmed, and announced that the time for reforms is now.


Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “El descabezamiento del Golfo:”  The arrest of Eduardo Costilla (aka “El Coss”) former boss of the Gulf Cartel and his second-in command Mario Cárdenas Guillén, are just some of the many hits that the Gulf Cartel has suffered recently, by both the authorities and other criminal groups.  This enables the government to say, fairly safely, that the Gulf Cartel has been dismantled.  What happens in the next weeks with the remnants of the Cartel, and with the dispute between the Zetas, will change the entire structure of criminal groups.  The major groups left are “El Chapo’s” cartel, the part of the Zetas under Lazcano, and to a lesser degree the Beltran Leyva and other smaller groups.  By making the cartels smaller, they should be much easier for security forces to take on; the major issue will become the smaller gangs who often cause most of the violence.


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