Headlines from Mexico

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1. Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit announced that it is contemplating using resources from a $15.4 billion public income stabilization fund to pay a portion of Pemex’s debt obligations.

El Economista, El Financiero,  La Jornada,

2. The López Obrador administration announced that the consortiums Bechtel-Techint and Worley Parson-Jacobs, as well as the companies Technip and KBR would participate in the tender process to build an Oil Refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco, one of the administration’s flagship projects.

Milenio, El Financiero, Proceso

3. President López Obrador and Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Trump, held a closed-door meeting to discuss a development plan that seeks to promote the economic growth of Southern Mexico and Central America. Opposition leaders criticized that the meeting took place in the house of Bernardo Gómez, Vice President of Televisa, Mexico’ largest television network.

La Jornada, Milenio, El Universal,   

4. President López Obrador signed a pledge not to run for re-election at the end of his term in 2024, affirming that one six-year term is enough to “eradicate corruption and impunity.” This occurred after the Chamber of Deputies approved a constitutional amendment that allows for referendum on the President’s performance midway through the six-year term.

Forbes, La Jornada, El Economista,  

5. Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior formally apologized to the families of two university students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, who were shot to death by soldiers in 2010, and promised to take the necessary measures to avert similar killings in the future.

Excélsior, Milenio, El Heraldo de México

Headlines of Mexico

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Week of March 10 – March 15, 2019

President Lopez Obrador reaches his 100th day in office

On Monday, President Lopez Obrador officially crossed the 100-day mark in office. He has been a powerful figure since he won the election on July 2, to say the least. Most Mexicans seem to agree, giving their folksy man-of-the-people president stratospheric approval ratings. Some recent surveys put his support above 80 percent.

BBC, El Economista, The New York Times

 

Salvadorian President-elect Bukele arrives in Mexico

El Salvador’s President-elect Nayib Bukele arrived in Mexico where he met with President Lopez Obrador and Secretary of Foreign Relations Ebrard. Through his Twitter account, Mr. Bukele said that he talked about migration and purposed a migratory policy designed to reduce forced migration.

El Heraldo de México, Milenio, El Heraldo de Honduras

 

Central American migrants go missing in Tamaulipas State

Mexican authorities created a special commission to search for 19 Central American migrants that went missing as they were traveling in an allegedly federal police-escorted bus northward to the U.S. border through Tamaulipas State. Reports hypothesize that this could be due to criminal organizations or hiring private migrant smugglers known as “polleros.”

El Pais, BBC, El Espectador

 

Yasmin Esquivel Mossa is appointed Mexican Justice top officer  

The Mexican Senate appointed Yasmin Esquivel Mossa as the Minister of the Nation’s Supreme Court of Justice for a period of 15 years after two voting rounds where the majority of votes came from Morena party legislators. There is vast controversy surrounding this appointment particularly due to Ms. Esquivel Mossa’s proximity to President Lopez Obrador.

La Jornada, SDP Noticias, Excelsior

 

President Lopez Obrador denounces “black campaign” against him

The Financial Intelligence Unit’s leader Santiago Nieto announced that the Government will present a series of accusations against the alleged financing third parties of the series “Populism in Latin America”, which was released when President Lopez Obrador was a candidate.

ABC Noticias, Animal Politico, El Sol de México

 

 

Headlines from Mexico

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Week of March 3 – March 8, 2019

The National Guard is approved   

With the approval of 17 state-level congresses, the National Guard is now approved federally. The Guard now waits for the Executive’s decision to publish it in the Official Journal of the Federation and its subsequent secondary laws, including the Organic Law of the National Guard.

El Heraldo de México, CNN, Forbes

 

At most, only 22 vaquita porpoises remain

Experts say that at most only 22 vaquitas remain in the Gulf of California, where a grim, increasingly violent battle is playing out between emboldened fisherman and the last line of defense, which is formed by volunteer members, for the smallest and most endangered porpoise in the world.

Associated Press, CBS News, Vanguardia

 

Mexico’s Central Bank in talks with Amazon on new mobile payments

Mexico’s central bank is in talks with Amazon to launch a new government-backed mobile payment system that would allow consumers to pay for online purchases using QR codes, the bank’s head of payments said. It would the first time that the world’s largest online retailer offers such scanning technology in Mexico and could eventually open a new customer base in the country.

CNBC, Business Insider, Reuters

 

Santa Rosa de Lima residents block highways to defend fuel thief leader

The neighbors of the Mexican community of Santa Rosa de Lima, in Guanajuato, prevented the access of the Army to this area controlled by the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lime Cartel and leader “huachicolero” José Antonio Yepez Ortiz, also known as “El Marro”, one of the most wanted criminals by the federal government. 

Notimérica, Mexico News Daily, El Sol de México

 

Nuevo Leon prohibits abortion

During a session that lasted more than four hours, the plenary session of the Congress of Nuevo Leon, the amendment to the first article of the Political Constitution of the State of Nuevo Leon that penalizes abortion was approved by a majority vote. 

teleSur, La Jornada, Telemundo

 

 

 

 

 

Headlines from Mexico

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Week of February 24– March 1, 2019

Mexican Film “Roma” wins best Foreign Language Film; Cinematography  

Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film “Roma” won the Academy Award’s prize for cinematography and best foreign language film while Cuaron received the prize for best director. Several Mexicans expected the Netflix’s debutant to receive the award for best picture and Yaliza Aparicio to receive the award for best actress.

Polygon, ABC, Variety

 

President Lopez Obrador bids auctions cars

The auction of official vehicles, which took place this weekend, was “very successful”, since 90 percent of the vehicles were sold, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In a morning conference, he explained that only 22 luxury cars remained, of the 218 that were offered.

Milenio, El Sol de México, La Jornada

 

Mexican Congress approves National Guard

Mexico’s Congress on Thursday approved the creation of a 60,000-member National Guard to tackle the nation’s public security crisis, a force that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made a cornerstone of his plan to confront organized crime and curb soaring violence.

The New York Times, Telemundo, Huff Post

 

Week of strikes for Mexico

The Secretariat of Labor and Social Prevention recognized that up to the end of this week, there are reportedly 15 active federal strikes. While only three began in January, there are many more in the last weeks. The institution also said that three of the most important unions in the country are associated with these strikes: Mexico’s Workers Confederation (CTM), Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Agricultural Workers (CROC), and the Regional Confederation of Mexican Workers (CROM).

The Wall Street Journal, El Dictamen, El Universal

 

President releases intelligence archives

President Lopez Obrador announced this Friday that will bring to light the confidential documents of his intelligence services. More than nine decades of work by the “political police”, as defined by the Mexican president, ranging from the archives of the Federal Security Directorate (DFS), the PRI’s political espionage arm -declassified in part- to its heir organization after 1985: the Cisen.

El País, La Jornada, Nación 321

 

 

 

 

Headlines from Mexico

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Week of February 17– February 22, 2019

Opposition activist murdered before pipeline referendum

Samir Flores Soberanes, a community activist fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town, was murdered Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project. Investigators are considering potential links to criminal gangs after a note was found next to his body but environmental groups believe the killing was linked to his opposition.

BBC, The Washington Post, Radio Fórmula

 

Mexico to close infamous Isla Marias penal colony

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that Mexico will close the infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in the Western Hemisphere. The island will now relocate some inmates to Colima (the nearest state) and free about 200. The four islands will be turned into a cultural and environmental education center.

FRANCE 24, El Nuevo Herald, Animal Político

 

The Senate approves the National Guard

Mexico’s Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a more civilian-oriented version of the militarized National Guard that the government wants to use to combat a rising wave of violence. Senators arrived at a rare consensus to place the new guard under the civilian Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection but its members will initially come from the federal police and military police units and will have joint military-civilian command and training.

ADN Político, El Sol de México, El Universal

 

Two Germans convicted for selling arms to Mexico

Two former employees of the German gun maker Heckler & Koch were found guilty for their participation in the sale of guns that ended in highly violent zones in Mexico. The judge seized the company’s profit, which adds up to 3.7 million euros. The company said that it changed its internal compliance system and now requests all members to comply with an audit.

NPR, Excelsior, El Financiero

 

AMLO to help El Chapo family seek US humanitarian visas

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he has instructed his government to assist the family of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the convicted drug trafficker in the U.S. During a visit last week to Guzman’s hometown of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, a lawyer gave the president a letter from Guzman’s mother.

Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Detroit News

 

Mexico’s Science and Technology Council under controversy

David Alexir Ledesma and Edith Arrieta Meza’s resignations to CONACYT have been plagued with “rumors and decontextualized information”, said the Council’s president Maria Elena Alvarez-Buylla. But these movements within the organization only sheds light upon the heavy bureaucratic practices inside and the much work that has to be done, according to experts.

Aristegui Noticias, Milenio, Diario de Yucatán

 

 

Headlines from Mexico

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Week of February 11 – February 15, 2019

1. Mexico and UN sign agreement to aid special projects

Mexico and the United Nations Office for Project Services signed an agreement that will help the current federal administration in the sale of the 54 aircraft from past administrations, as well as the presidential plane; the Mayan Train’s bids, the project of the Itsmo of Tehuantepec and the purchase of medicines.

Excélsior, El Universal, Reporte Índigo

2. Second journalist killed in AMLO administration

The Mexico Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights strongly condemned the murder of journalist Jesús Eugenio Ramos Rodríguez and asked the authorities to investigate and clarify the crime. According to the information of the Office, a stranger in Emiliano Zapata, Tabasco attacked the informant.

United Nations, Proceso, Knight Center

3. AMLO revises CFE contracts

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday contracts private companies have with state-run power utility CFE should be revised to keep electricity prices low, sending shares in one firm tumbling. He noted that the state-run utility is already contractually obliged to pay billions of dollars to the private firms that developed seven gas pipelines to supply power stations, even though the projects are incomplete and unable to deliver gas.

The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC

4. El Chapo found guilty in New York

The life imprisonment for Joaquin El Chapo Guzman in the United States appears to be the end of the largest and most feared figure in Mexican drug trafficking, but the Sinaloa Cartel he founded maintain its powers, experts say. The cartel that takes the name of the state of Sinaloa maintains untouched territories and markets, which ensure the continuity of his empire.

The New York Times, El Sol de México, La Jornada

5. Controversy in Mexico regarding CONACYT officials

Edith Arrieta Meza was an active part of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador campaign, in which she was the liaison of Morena in the Milpa Alta Delegation, where she organized proselytizing events in public spaces such as Plaza la Corregidora in Tecomitl or in the Plaza Pública de Atocpan. But after public pressure over her qualifications, she was dismissed. Following her, a second official was also dismissed.

ADN Político, El Sol de México, El Heraldo de México

 

 

 

Headlines From Mexico

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Week of February 2-8, 2019

  1. Alejandro Encianas, Undersecretary of Human Rights, Migration, and Population in Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior, announces the creation of a National Forensic Institute and an investment of more than $20 million to accelerate the search for citizens who have disappeared in Mexico’s drug war.

    El Universal, Milenio, Excélsior

  2. Mexico’s National Institute of Statistic and Geography (INEGI) announced that the National Consumer Price Index (INPC) rose 0.09 percent in January, placing the annual inflation rate at 4.37 percent, the lowest recorded in the month of January since 2016, when the annual inflation rate was at 2.61 percent.

    El Economista, El Financiero, La Joranda

  3. Mexico’s government announced the deployment of 10,200 troops from the Army, Navy, and Federal Police to strengthen the security of 17 of Mexico’s 266 strategic zones, which have the highest homicide rates. The additional troops will patrol cities like Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Guadalajara, and Acapulco.

    Excélsior, Reforma, La Jornada

  4. The governments of Mexico, Uruguay, and the countries of the Caribbean Community proposed the so-called Montevideo Mechanism, a four-stage procedure consisting of immediate dialogue, negotiation, commitments, and implementation, as a way to achieve sustainable, legitimate, and effective peace in Venezuela.

    El Economista, Excélsior, El Universal

  5. Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior and Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General agreed to set up a Special Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa, who went missing more than four years ago. Alejandro Gertz Maero, Mexico’s Attorney General, announced that investigations of other emblematic cases, such as Odebrecht and La Estafa Maestra, will also start over.

    El Financiero, La Jornada, Proceso