Mexico City marchers on Mother’s Day demand authorities find missing children

05/10/2021

Source: The Hill

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Mexico City on Monday to mark Mother’s Day, demanding that authorities find their missing children.

The march is an annual event that takes place every Mother’s Day in Mexico City, The Associated Press reports. According to the Mexican government, more than 80,000 people have gone missing since the drug war in Mexico began in 2006.

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Under US pressure, Mexico orders GM to repeat worker vote

10/12/2021

Al Jazeera

Mexican authorities have ordered the General Motors (GM) Co union in the city of Silao to repeat a worker vote following pressure from US legislators for the automaker to address alleged abuses that could potentially violate a new trade deal.

Mexico’s labour ministry said on Tuesday it found “serious irregularities” in last month’s vote, which is required under a Mexican labour reform to ensure employees are not bound to contracts that are signed behind their backs and to keep wages low.

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U.S. Asks Mexico to Investigate Labor Issues at G.M. Facility

05/12/2021

Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it was asking Mexico to review whether labor violations had occurred at a General Motors facility in the country, a significant step using a new labor enforcement tool in the revised North American trade deal.

The administration is seeking the review under the novel “rapid response” mechanism in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement and took effect last summer. Under the mechanism, penalties can be brought against a specific factory for violating workers’ rights of free association and collective bargaining.

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Mexico’s president backs probe of opposition governor candidates

05/11/2021

Source: Reuters

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he supported the Mexican attorney general office’s criminal investigation of two leading gubernatorial candidates, after the opposition said the probe was politically motivated.

Adrian de la Garza from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is being investigated for vote buying and Samuel Garcia from the Citizen Movement party on allegations of suspect campaign financing ahead of June 6 elections, the attorney general’s office, known as FGR, said in a statement on Monday.

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US unions file first trade labor complaint against Mexico

05/11/2021

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. and Mexican unions on Monday filed the first labor complaint against Mexico under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact.

The complaint argues that Mexico has not lived up to its pledge under the trade accord, known as the USMCA, to guarantee workers the right to freely organize and join the union of their choice.

The complaint centers on the Tridonex auto parts assembly plant in the Mexican border city of Matamoros where workers have been fighting to join a new union.

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Mexico cites Russia’s Sputnik vaccine production problems

05/11/2021

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said Monday that the Russians have been having so many problems producing the second dose of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that Russia probably will be unable to supply enough to people who got the first dose.

It is the latest account of production problems for Sputnik, which the Russian government has been promising to other countries but has been able to supply in sufficient quantities.

Sputnik is unusual among coronavirus vaccines in that the two doses are different and not interchangeable.

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Mexico says 2 leading candidates in state race to be charged

05/11/2021

Source: SFGate

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a surprise move, federal prosecutors in Mexico said late Monday they plan to file charges against the two leading candidates in a key governorship race in which the ruling party trails.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has complained that election regulators have tried to knock candidates of his Morena party out of governorship races.

But López Obrador risks being accused of doing the same, after the two simultaneous criminal investigations were announced with little time left before the June 6 elections.

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The deadly collapse of Mexico City’s ‘Golden Line’ was a tragedy foretold

05/10/2021

Source: CNN

It’s known as the “Golden Line.” The Mexico City subway system Line 12, spanning 25.1 kilometers (15.6 miles) and featuring 20 stations, was touted as one of the most expensive and ambitious public works projects in Mexican history when it was inaugurated in October 2012.

“It reflects a technological advancement and state-of-the-art features that can only be compared to the construction of the great metro systems of the world,” a Mexico City government official boasted during the kickoff ceremony.

The highly publicized ribbon-cutting was attended by the who’s-who of Mexican politics and power at the time, including then-president Felipe Calderón and Marcelo Ebrard, who was then in his last days as Mexico City’s mayor and is now foreign minister. Carlos Slim, Mexico’s richest man and owner of one of the construction companies involved, was also there.

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Mexico is deadliest country for journalists, who also face government harassment

05/08/2021

Source: NBC News

Israel Vázquez, 31, a journalist devoted primarily to human interest stories, spent the last hours of his life in November covering the discovery of a group of dismembered people left in a church in Salamanca, Mexico.

Vázquez was preparing to do a Facebook broadcast when two men on a motorcycle drove by and shot him at point-blank range. He died after receiving at least eight bullet wounds.

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Three times higher than reported: Mexico’s Covid death toll estimated at 600,000

05/07/2021

Source: NBC News

The coronavirus has killed over 600,000 people in Mexico, according to health researchers who found that the Latin American nation’s Covid-19 death toll is almost three times higher than the official total.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine published an analysis Thursday estimating that 617,127 people have died from Covid-19 in Mexico based on adjusted excess death rates.

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