AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 11/13/12

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


Templo Mayor: This week we will see if the “telebancada” does not exist or if it has been hiding and waiting to deliver its blow, so far Televisa and TV Azteca have refused to deliver its signal without cost the duopoly sites copyright pretext, so Rep. Carpinteyro reform seeks to remove these restrictions; The dispute between the Moreira brothers grows worse: Rubén is angry about former governor Humberto’s allegations of organized crime in Coahuila during the twilight of his term and it is said that there is no dialogue between the brothers; President Felipe Calderón will meet with students today for the “Carrera Universo” award ceremony and many are hoping that things do not get complicated because a group of students on twitter have already called against the appearance of the president during the ceremony.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera,”Probable vuelco contra AN”: During the PAN’s reign, whenever the talk of the excess in contracting the federal government debt was mentioned the PAN would put their sites on Coahuila (PRI) and Michoacán (PRD), but this time around senators are trying to obligate the federal government to give a full and detailed report on how all states and municipalities fell into debt; the president-elect has confirmed that he will propose modifications of the organization of the federal government to Congress, the Department of the Interior will have more power and a new anti-corruption commission will be made; The Supreme Court denied an appeal to the IMSS pensioners who challenged the discount that is applied to income taxes when they exceed nine times the minimum wage.



Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “La marijuana y la seguridad”: On Sunday Jorge Fernández Menéndez watched the journalism program, Real Time with Bill Maher. Maher was interviewing a coordinator of the successful campaign that led the legalization of marijuana in Colorado meanwhile the back panel consisted of gay columnist, a Republican television host, a former Clinton strategist and actor Samuel Jackson. They all agreed on the legalization of marijuana as a rallying point and another chapter of liberties in the U.S. No one spoke of Mexico or organized crime and the consequences of drug trafficking. The discussion was centered on civil liberties, health and equating marijuana with alcohol. Though Fernández finds it hard to not share these points of view he believes that this may not be in Mexico’s best interest to follow suit because of how different the scenarios and demographics of the country are. He does not believe that legalizing marijuana will bring back public safety, he believes that perhaps it should be legalized in terms of health because it could be (or not) better control and regulate consumption, but it will be a lie stating that it will restore security, at least in Mexico.



Trascendió: Next week Enrique Peña Nieto will present his initiative to restructure and expand the powers of the Secretary of the Interior on domestic policy and public security to the Commission of Government and the House of Representatives; There are areas in which the Pena Nieto transition team has been blown away by the incomplete or missing reports/information that the Secretaries of the Calderon administration has delivered to the new government; Writer Elena Poniatowska was one of the first to buy the new book by Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


El Universal

Bajo Reserva,”Washington pregunta por la Policía Federal”: There is concern in Washington, we are told, on the disappearance of the federal Public Safety Secretary once the Peña Nieto’s government takes over, the area will be framed into the Department of the Interior; It is almost a done deal that the Attorney General of the U.S., Eric Holder will leave office and in Mexico, this has been duly noted, though it is normal for the AG’s to be only in office for four years Holder’s career came crashing down due to the failed and poorly instructed Operation Fast and Furious.



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