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Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel
MEXICO CITY – A new scientific analysis of a large gold bar found decades ago in downtown Mexico City reveals it was part of the plunder Spanish conquerors tried to carry away as they fled the Aztec capital after native warriors forced a hasty retreat.
“The government will plunge into a degree of disrepute that nothing and no one will ever wash away” wrote the great liberal historian Daniel Cosío Villegas after the massacre of Oct. 2, 1968, which crushed a student protest movement.
As an engineering student at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, or UNAM, I participated in the demonstrations and meetings, and, 50 years after those events, I can testify to the truth of Mr. Cosío’s prediction. The events of ’68 were a political earthquake that changed the political life of Mexico for the better. And its effects extend to the present moment.
The immediate goals of the movement were modest, among them the removal of a repressive police chiefs and the abolition of a law that punished political dissidence with prison. We students didn’t want to overthrow the government or initiate a new Cuban Revolution. Nor did we envision democracy.
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Tequila, avocado and corn are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.
Bioplastics make up less than 5 percent of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year around the world.
But as governments and consumers fret about the damage plastic is doing to the world’s oceans, scientists are experimenting by converting materials from cactus to shrimp shells and human waste into alternative greener plastics
More than a year after President Enrique Pena Nieto launched what he called a national crusade against hunger, the government says 3 million Mexicans are eating better. However, independent experts say that number is questionable and the crusade against hunger appears to be doing far less than advertised.
Mexican authorities are about to strike a bold blow to phone companies of tycoon Carlos Slim, and leading broadcaster Grupo Televisa, in a bid to stoke competition in their near-monopolistic markets, according to a person familiar with the situation. Mexico’s new telecoms regulator is expected to next week declare Televisa and America Móvil units Telmex and Telcel as dominant in their respective sectors.
“Mexico’s victims’ movement will continue to exert critical pressure for transforming the system into one that respects victims’ rights, addresses the social and economic roots of crime, promotes the rule of law, and ensures justice.” – Lauren Villagran, “The Victims’ Movement in Mexico”