AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 9/18/12

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


Templo Mayor: The new head of the executive branch is thinking of splitting the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation into two separate titles and departments; Later this month is the wedding of Juan Cristóbal Salinas Occelli, son of Carlos Salinas de Gortari, with Natalia Esponda; The Mexican Mint has released a coin that commemorates the Bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence.

El Universal

Bajo Reserva, “Ebrard construye campaña hacia 2018, pero AMLO…”: Once Marcelo Ebrard’s term as Head of Government for Mexico City in January 2013 he will travel throughout the entire country to begin building his campaign for the 2018 presidential elections; President-elect Peña Nieto has embarked on his visits to Latin America with the main topics of his agenda being: security and migration with Guatemala and Colombia and economics with Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Perú.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera, “Las reformas en proceso:” The political panorama in Mexico could be totally different in six years.  The PAN is promoting a reform which would allow second presidential terms, and the PRI is putting forward a reform which would reduce the number of senators and deputies.  The reform which does not appear to be moving forward is labor reform, the PAN coordinator in the Chamber, Villarreal, has said that the PAN will not accept a mediocre change…The Secretary of the Economy, Bruno Ferrari, announced that he will defend Mexican products from political pressure from the U.S. , while scolding Mexican producers of cooking oils because they did not reduce their customs tariffs.


Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “Tres diputados, tres asesinatos:” The assassination of three local deputies, in three important Mexican states, cannot pass unnoticed, begins Fernández Menéndez.  First he says Hernán Belden (PAN) was kidnapped and murdered in Nuevo León, then Eduardo Castro Luque (PRI) has the same thing occur to him in Sonora, and lastly the same occurred to Jaime Serrano Cedillo (PRI) in Nezahualcóyotl.  According to the authorities all of these occurred for different reasons, which the author finds hard to believe, but he says that even if they are all unrelated then it is further proof that people are most affected by the violence in their own neighborhood, by small neighborhood gangs, and he then quotes Tip O’Neill who famously said, “all politics are local.”


Trascendió:  President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto and the president of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina decided, in a private meeting, that one of the first things they wanted to do together was hold a binational meeting in 2013 to discuss the situation along the two nations shared border.


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