[VIDEO]:How an Undocumented Immigrant From Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs

February 26, 2015

02/25/15 Bloomberg

Julissa Arce went from selling funnel cakes in Texas to derivatives at Wall Street’s most profitable securities firm

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Mexico Fields Unflattering Comments From ‘Birdman’ Director, Others

February 24, 2015

By Tracy Wilkinson, 2/23/2015

mexican flagFrom the Oscars in Hollywood, to the pope in Rome, Mexico is receiving some rather unflattering attention, a reversal of the image that the government has spent millions to cultivate.

It started as a celebration of Mexicanness, with Academy Award glory being heaped on Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñarritu, who took three Oscar statuettes in Sunday night’s ceremony. It turned when he made a plea for better treatment of Mexican immigrants and took a sharp dig at President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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How Birdman Director’s Speech Shocked Mexico

February 24, 2015

BBC News, 2/23/2015

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Lots has been written about diversity in the US film industry after last night’s Oscars – but across the border in Mexico, the ceremony set off a very different political storm.

After his film Birdman won best picture last night, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu took the stage. “I want to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico,” he said. “I pray that we can build the government that we deserve.”

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Study: Lighter-skinned Have Better Job Prospects in Mexico, as Racial Discrimination Endures

February 20, 2015

Fox News, 2/19/2015

A new study says racial and ethnic discrimination continues to be an obstacle for many in the Mexican labor market.

The Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America reports that the study determined lighter-skinned Mexicans with a university education are 11 percent more likely to win a higher-paying job than their darker-skinned counterparts.

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Selfies for the missing in Mexico

February 19, 2015

02/15/15 BBC News 

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In the latest twist in a protracted social media movement, thousands in Mexico have used Ash Wednesday to seek justice for the 43 students who went missing in September last year…Now the hashtag #43NoSonCeniza (“43 Are Not Ashes”) has begun to pick up steam on Mexican social media. It aims to counter the government line about what happened to 43 male students. Activists are asking people to paint their forehead with the number ’43’, upload the pictures online and walk the streets to show their protest. The idea is to play on the traditional Ash Wednesday practice, where Christians mark the beginning of Lent by marking their foreheads with ashes, as a symbol of death and sorrow for sin.

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Mexico President’s Home Purchase Not Part of Ethics Probe

February 5, 2015

02/04/15 Bloomberg 

Enrique Pena NietoA conflict of interests probe into homes purchased by President Enrique Pena Nieto, his wife and finance minister won’t seek to determine whether they actually paid for the properties, limiting the reach of any findings. The investigation will try to decide whether the developers who built the homes received favorable treatment when they later bid for federal contracts, Virgilio Andrade, the comptroller heading the probe, said Wednesday. The ministry won’t seek to determine how the homes were obtained and if they involved sweetheart deals, he said. Investigators “don’t have the jurisdiction, and there is no system to investigate the proof of payments on commercial contracts when the subjects weren’t public servants,” Andrade told reporters in Mexico City. “We’re going to investigate subsequent contracts of private parties with the government. It’s important to say it in a clear way.”

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UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing of Journalists in Mexico, Syria

February 3, 2015

By UN News Centre, 2/2/2015

un_logo1The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the assassination of Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, a Mexican journalist recently found murdered weeks after his disappearance, and Kenji Goto, a Japanese freelancer killed by Islamist extremists in Syria.

“His killing is an unacceptable attack on journalism, a profession that embodies the right of freedom of expression, which is indispensable to democracy,” lamented Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a press release issued earlier today.

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