Mexican journalist murdered while leaving his home

Reuters – 9/21/2018

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was murdered in the southern state of Chiapas on Friday, authorities and his employer said, the latest attack against the press in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers.

As he was leaving his home in the city of Yajalon on Friday afternoon, Mario Gomez was confronted by two suspects and shot in the abdomen, according to El Heraldo de Chiapas, the local newspaper that employed him. Gomez was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. The suspects fled the scene.

“We vigorously condemn the cowardly aggression suffered by our colleague,” the paper wrote in an editorial note. “We demand of the competent authorities the investigation of these criminal acts.”

The state prosecutor’s office said that its homicide department would investigate the crime.

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State of Emergency in Mexico’s Sinaloa as 3 Dead in Flooding

09/21/2018 – The New York Times

6410755751_db67b52968_b.jpgMexican authorities have declared a state of emergency for 11 municipalities in the northern state of Sinaloa due to flooding from heavy rains that has killed at least three people.

Images in local and social media have shown streets turned into raging rivers, swamping cars. El Universal newspaper posted video of an SUV being carried away by the current in Guamuchil as passengers scrambled to get onto its roof.

Soldiers went around in trucks to pick up residents and take them to safety. The Sinaloa state government said Thursday night that more than 2,000 people had evacuated and 13 shelters were set up.

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Singer Belinda Hit for Involvement in Mexican Politics

09/20/2018 – The New York Times

dt.common.streams.StreamServerPop singer Belinda may have illegally interfered in Mexico’s politics because she’s a Spanish citizen and campaigned for President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, authorities said Wednesday.

A rival party filed a complaint because the singer gave out articles with Lopez Obrador campaign emblems.

The singer, whose real name is Belinda Peregrin Schull, also appeared in his campaign.

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Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

09/19/2018 – The Washington Post 

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The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall.

“Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers” opens Wednesday at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Ohio State campus in Newark, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Columbus. The free exhibit of 33 poster-sized pictures features border wall photos and maps.

One of the exhibit’s goals is creating awareness about the wall, which can include low-grade sections in rural areas meant to stop vehicles and much stronger barriers in cities meant to stop people, Madsen said.

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A Year After Deadly Mexico Quake, Some Still Wait to Return Home

09/19/2018 – The New York Times

adult-architecture-black-and-white-735833.jpgA year after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City and killed dozens of people, Guadalupe Padilla is still waiting to return to her home.

The 60-year-old security guard has lived in a wooden shack in a park facing the now-empty apartment block where she spent three decades of her life.

Padilla is one of hundreds of people in the capital who have been unable to return to their homes, according to Reuters interviews with over a dozen people left homeless by the quake.

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Damaged Buildings, Graft Haunt Mexico City Year After Quake

09/18/2018 – The New York Times

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Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.

Bureaucracy and physical and legal hurdles have delayed demolition of hundreds of tottering structures. In other cases owners carried out repairs that were purely cosmetic — masking damage that is likely to be revealed in the next quake. Corruption has continually undermined attempts to enforce building codes.

Tearing down buildings in a metropolis of 21 million is a daunting task. “It has to be done surgically, almost brick by brick,” noted Ruben Echeverria, spokesman for the northern borough of Gustavo A. Madero.

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Mexico Celebrates 208th Birthday

09/17/2018 – Bloomberg 

flag StarrGazrWATCH: Mexico celebrated it’s 208th Independence Day with a parade, fireworks, and President Enrique Peña Nieto ringing a bell on the balcony of the National Palace, in a traditional that began in 1810 #VivaMexico

 

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