Pope Francis to visit Mexico in 2016, Vatican confirms

10/6/2015  The Guardian 


Pope Francis will travel to Mexico in 2016, a Vatican spokesman has confirmed, without specifying the trip’s dates.

Federico Lombardi confirmed a Mexican Televisa television report that the Argentinian pontiff will visit the country, where he will pray at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.

While the programme is not yet known, Francis is expected to travel to an area on the border with the United States where migrants try to cross illegally – a gesture he is believed to have first considered during his recent America trip.

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Mexican senators want to keep open borders for Syrian refugees

9/12/2015 The Yucatan Times

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The full Senate unanimously approved the motion to request that the federal government open its borders to greatest possible number of Syrian refugees who are fleeing the humanitarian crisis taking place in the middle eastern country.

The senators asked the Foreign Relations Secretariat to call on the United Nations Organization to convene an urgent and special session so that all member countries contribute to solutions to the migration crisis that Europe is suffering.

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Inside Mexico’s Very Own Wikileaks

9/12/2015 Huffington Post

carmen-aristeguiA new congress took office in Mexico this month after what proved to be among the country’s most violent elections, with 21 people murdered, including campaign officials and bystanders.

Hopes of stemming the corruption at the highest levels of government were once again dashedlast month when current president Enrique Peña Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera were absolved of guilt for the purchase of a mansion through Grupo Higa, a company that had won millions of dollars in bids for government contracts under the current administration.

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Journalists live in fear in Mexican state of Veracruz

8/14/15 Business Insider


Jorge Sanchez decided to become a journalist when his father, the founder of a community newspaper, was kidnapped and murdered in January.

Now, as a wave of violence against reporters continues to sweep his home state of Veracruz — often called the most dangerous in Mexico for the news media — Sanchez fears he and many others could meet the same fate.

At least 11 Veracruz journalists have been killed in the past five years in the eastern state, leading Reporters Without Borders to rank it the third most dangerous place in the world to practice the profession, after Iraq and Syria.

Sanchez and his colleagues’ fears have only grown since photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, who had fled Veracruz after being threatened and harassed, was found brutally murdered with four other victims in a Mexico City apartment on July 31.

The Murder of Mexico’s Free Press

8/15/15 The New York Times

Freedom of the Press in Mexico CopyA month before the Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was murdered in Mexico City in late July, the governor of Veracruz, the province Mr. Espinosa had fled fearing for his life, gave other journalists a warning.

“Behave,” Javier Duarte, the governor of Veracruz, urged reporters. “We’re going to shake the tree and a lot of rotten apples will fall.”

Mr. Duarte said that his warning was meant to deter journalists who are sympathetic to drug traffickers and other criminals. But many Mexican journalists understandably saw it as a threat to journalists who produce critical coverage of local officials.

Since 2010, at least 41 journalists have been killed in Mexico. Roughly 20 have disappeared. Mexican journalists are targeted by powerful criminal organizations and in some instances by government officials who don’t want their misdeeds exposed. The majority of cases remain unsolved, leaving journalists in many parts of the country with a terrible choice: they censor themselves or get silenced by a bullet.

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Mexico’s journalists in fear after murder of reporter in ‘safe haven’ city

8/10/15 The Telegraph

800px-Camera_Zenit_122_left_viewIn a Mexico City cemetery reporter Pedro Canche looks haggard as he lays a hand-written note among yellow flowers on the grave of a young colleague.

“I owed it to him to come here because we’re in the same state of persecution,” he says, eyes scanning the empty graveyard for anyone lurking in the nearby trees.

He’s paying his respects to Ruben Espinosa, a 31-year old photojournalist murdered in Mexico City on July 31. He was killed along with four women, including an activist, in a flat in a calm middle-class neighbourhood. All the bodies showed signs of torture, some of the women had been raped, and all had execution-style shots to the head.

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Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico’s First Lady Angélica Rivera

08/03/15 NPR

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera salute during the military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico CityEight months ago, Mexico’s first lady, known for her fondness of designer clothes and European vacations, made a public promise to sell a multi-million-dollar mansion bought under controversial circumstances. She’s purchasing the home, at below market rates, from a contractor with lucrative connections to her husband.

The scandal has been one of the biggest to rock the president’s administration. And months later many questions remain regarding the questionable purchase — and the first lady hasn’t sold her house.

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