Mexico admits government spies tail candidate

02/14/2018 The Washington Post

security cameraMexico’s Interior Department acknowledged Wednesday that a federal intelligence agency sent a plainclothes agent to tail an opposition presidential candidate, even though the candidate never asked for and apparently did not want a tail.

There have long been fears the ruling party was using the National Center for Security and Investigation for political spying. But few suspected the monitoring would be so clumsy.

Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete said that the agency, known as CISEN, had put a tail on candidate Ricardo Anaya solely for security reasons, and said authorities had thought he had been informed.

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UPCOMING EVENT | Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico

9781477312742WHEN: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:00-11:00 AM

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center


Los Zetas where once Mexico’s most feared criminal organization dominating important smuggling routes from Central America into the United States. Their success was based in part on a business model that combined brute strength and predatory business practices. Join us for a discussion with the author of a new book, Los Zetas, Inc.: Criminal Corporations, Energy, and Civil War in Mexico and a panel of experts on the nature of criminal enterprise and the challenges of controlling illicit economies.


Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; Global Fellow, Wilson Center


Vanda Felbab Brown, Senior Fellow, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Steven Dudley, Co-director, InSight Crime

Nicholas Miroff, National Security Correspondent, The Washington Post


Eric L. Olson, Senior Adviser, Mexico Institute; Deputy Director, Latin American Program Wilson Center


NAFTA renegotiations are ‘far from being completed,’ says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

01/31/2018 CNBC
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The efforts to renegotiate NAFTA are “far from being completed at this point,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on CNBC Wednesday.

Ross told “Squawk Box” without being specific that some progress has been made on easier provisions, but “very little has been done on the hard issues.”

Without mentioning specific trade free arrangements such as NAFTA or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to talk about America turning the page “on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies.”

However, Trump has also repeatedly said he would pull out of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico if he thought it would lead to a better deal the United States. The trade pact was negotiated by Republican President George H.W. Bush and implemented by Democratic President Bill Clinton.

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Nafta Said to Gain Steam With Agreement on Anti-Corruption Moves

01/27/2018 Washington Post

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Talks to update Nafta took a step forward after negotiators in Montreal agreed to measures aimed at preventing corruption, the first official “chapter” completed since October, said five people with knowledge of the process.

The efforts to clamp down on graft and bribery had been pushed by Mexico as a new issue for the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The measures were agreed to on Friday, according to the people, who asked not to be identified speaking before a public announcement.

The three nations had agreed to similar anti-corruption measures — such as increasing transparency in their laws, encouraging due process in legal cases and promoting integrity among public officials — as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from that Pacific Rim pact a year ago, days after taking office.

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Mexico federal prosecutors take on Chihuahua corruption case

01/22/2018 Los Angeles Times

Image result for cesar duarteMexico’s top electoral crimes prosecutor said Monday that federal officials will take over the investigation into a former governor who is accused of channeling state funds to the ruling party.

Hector Diaz-Santana said he expects Chihuahua state officials to turn over case files related to Cesar Duarte, the former governor of the northern border state.

Current Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral, a member of an opposition party, has accused Duarte of diverting public money to the 2016 electoral campaign of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party.

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Vowing anti-graft revolution, Mexican governor shakes election

01/22/2018 Reuters

Javier Corral fue exhortado a detener los actos de misoginia. Foto: Yazmín Ortega Cortés

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (Reuters) – Invoking Pancho Villa’s revolutionary legacy and armed with a hard-hitting corruption investigation into the country’s ruling party, the governor of border state Chihuahua is shaking up Mexico’s presidential election, without being in the race.

Governor Javier Corral’s national profile exploded in late December when his prosecutors arrested a senior figure in President Enrique Pena Nieto’s party for his role in an alleged scheme to siphon $13 million of state funds for electoral campaigns.

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Mexico requests extradition of former ruling party governor

01/19/2018 Reuters

File:Duarte71.jpgMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s attorney general’s office said on Friday it had requested the extradition of a former ruling party governor accused of corruption and electoral crimes, though it did not identify the country involved.

Separate requests were made for the extradition of Cesar Duarte, who governed the northern state of Chihuahua from 2010 to 2016, a source in the attorney general’s office said on condition of anonymity.

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