Headlines from Mexico

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1. The U.S. government has been pursuing an agreement with Mexico, known as a safe third country agreement, to lower asylum-seekers’ claims on the U.S.-Mexico border. The agreement, which the United States already has with Canada, requires asylum seekers to apply for asylum in the first ‘safe’ country they reach. The United States has been trying to convince Mexico to agree to the agreement, which would vastly augment the number of asylum claims in Mexico as Central Americans reaching the U.S. border would now have to apply in Mexico. Mexico, however, has showed little interest in the agreement, and it came out this week that they have now told the United States just that: they will not sign a safe third country agreement.

Read more: El Economista, El Universal, Reforma

2. Top U.S. officials travelled to Mexico midweek to meet with their Mexican counterparts and López Obradror’s transition team. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led the U.S. delegation, which included Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Presidential advisor Jared Kushner. Officials reportedly discussed security cooperation and a possible ‘re-set’ to U.S.-Mexican relations, which have become strained under President Trump. Secretary Pompeo also met with López Obrador and stressed mutual goals.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

3. López Obrador has announced his austerity plan for government, which includes lowering federal salaries and removing chauffeurs and chefs from the government. He has said the government must implement austerity as a way to break away from the ‘mafia of power’ and combat corruption through less government spending. It is also meant to improve the image of high-level government officials to the public.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

4. A drone carrying two deactivated grenades landed on the yard of a Security Chief’s home in Baja California. While the Chief does not live there and no one was injured, it raised alarm bells due to the use of drones in the crime world and the possibility of more high-tech gadgets being used by crime cells. As the government continues their anti-crime crackdown, it is a reminder of the dangers police and government officials face in their so-called ‘war on drugs.’

Read more: El Economista, El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio

5. A portion of the new shopping mall Artz Pedregral collapsed last Thursday; there were no injuries, trapped civilians, or disappearances as a result of the collapse. The Secretary of Civil Protection, Fausto Lugo, said the building collapsed due to bad construction procedures, mainly in the failure to calculate excess weight in the structure or design. The rest of the mall is suspended until the authorities complete a thorough investigation.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma

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1. On Sunday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) won the Presidency in Mexico. He defeated his closest competitor by 30 points, giving him resounding support across the country. He won the majority in 30 of Mexico’s 32 states. His closest competitors, José Antonio Meade and Ricardo Anaya, quickly congratulated AMLO following the closing of the vote. He is Mexico’s first President from the Left since Mexico’s transition from one-party rule in 1989.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

2. AMLO and his allies, under the banner “Together We Will Make History,” won the majority in both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies. Having the Congress under the same political party as the President will assist AMLO in his policy reforms. As Morena was only formed as a political party in 2013, this is seen as a major accomplishment and denunciation of the traditional parties in Mexico.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, La Jornada

3. Morena won the gubernatorial races in five of the nine Mexican states that held governor’s races on Sunday. Morena won Morelos, Tabasco, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Mexico City. Morena dominated nationally, but these governorships are key to making Morena a country-wide party and gives AMLO support in bringing the governorships closer to the central government again.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

4. Mexico’s Congress has reached close to gender-parity for the incoming legislature following Sunday’s election. The senate, which was 83.20% Male in 2000, is now 48.80% Female. This is seen as a major step for gender equality in Mexico and comes along with the election of Claudia Sheinbaum in Mexico City, who becomes the first woman to lead Mexico’s capital.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

5. Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) won the Mexican presidency this past Sunday. He received more than 30 million votes, the most ever won by a Mexican president. Anaya, who came in a distant second place, received the lowest amount of votes from a PAN candidate since Vicente Fox won the Presidency in 2000. AMLO’s vote count gives him major credibility as he begins the transition period prior to the Presidency.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

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1. Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed his Presidential campaign Wednesday night in Mexico City’s famous Aztec Stadium. Supporters, like Mexican singer Belinda, joined him on stage. He once again reinforced his anti-corruption message and called this his “last campaign,” as supporters prepare for a likely win in Sunday’s election.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

2. Ricardo Anaya, the candidate for the coalition of the National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) closed his campaign in León, Guanajuato. He called for supporters to utilize their votes as they were “the only campaign that could beat AMLO.” This reflects much of the recent language in Anaya’s campaign.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

3. José Antonio Meade closed his campaign in in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Like Anaya, he said he was the only candidate who would be able to beat AMLO in Sunday’s election. He said that the Mexicans would reflect and conclude he was the best option to keep moving the country forward, and vote for “experience and certainty.”

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

4. Ifigenia Martínez, a founder of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), has renounced her membership on the basis of the PRD’s changing focus. She called the decision to collaborate with the National Action Party (PAN), “accepting the subordination to the presidential project of the PAN” and noted the shift to more conservative principles. She says she still supports the mission of those on the Left in Mexico and has supported AMLO since the beginning of the campaign.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

5. Mexico lost in their final match of the qualifying round of the 2018 World Cup to Sweden, 3-0, placing the team in danger of not qualifying for the round of 16. South Korea, however, beat Germany 2-0 in one of the biggest upsets of the World Cup so far. Korea’s win knocked Germany out of the competition and kept Mexico in. This lead to a massive outpouring of support in public and on social media by Mexicans for the Korean team and their fans.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

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1. On Tuesday, Mexico’s foreign minister Luis Videgaray called the Trump administration’s family separation policy “cruel and inhumane.” This comes after public pressure for the Mexican government to comment on the policy. Videgaray noted that the issue was also raised with senior United Nations (UN) officials. While the majority of children separated were not Mexican, the Mexican government still felt need to comment on a “situation of this nature.”

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

2. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray called on United States authorities to reunite a Mexican 10 year old with Down syndrome with her mother, who she had been separated from at the US-Mexico Border. US officials said that the girl was not separated from her mother due to the recent introduction of a ‘zero tolerance’ policy, but rather, was separated because her mother was a witness in an investigation of human trafficking. Mexico has continued to call for the reunification of the child and her mother.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Reforma

3. Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in a major upset this Sunday. Germany, the 2014 World Cup winners, were widely predicted to win. Hirving Lozano scored the game winning goal in the 34th minute. Mexico has not made it to the 5th World Cup match in 34 years: this win over the reigning champions has boosted fans spirits and raises hopes about how far Mexico will go in 2018.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, La Republica, Reforma

4. May was a bloody month for Mexico, with almost 3,000 homicides recorded. It broke the record from May 2017, which was the deadliest month on record since Mexico began recording homicides in 1997. This news follows what has been a violent political season in the run-up to Mexico’s July 1st election and a continuing bloody 2018. Crime and violence have been a focal point in the election, with many voters looking for increased security.

Read more: El Pais, La Jornada, Reforma

5. A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square injuring seven people, including two Mexicans. The Mexican embassy in Russia issued a statement stating that the two Mexicans had been lightly injured, but they were now in stable condition. The driver told police he had not driven into the crowd on purpose, saying that he fell asleep and lost control of his vehicle.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, La Jornada, Reforma

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1. The joint-bid of Mexico, Canada, and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup, was selected by FIFA’s congress this week. The bid, called “United 2026,” is the first tri-nation hosting of the football tournament. It will make Mexico the first country to have hosted the World Cup three times, albeit only 10 games will be held in Mexico in 2026.

Read more: La Jornada, El Universal, Reforma

2. Mexico saw two more assassinations of local level candidates this past week. They add to a total of 113 candidates murdered since September. International institutions and organizations, such as the European Union, have started to pay attention and voice their concerns regarding the levels of security afforded to candidates in Mexico.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma

3. Hurricane Bud intensified to become a category 4 hurricane, although experts foresee that it will weaken before making landfall. The hurricane is expected to impact six Mexican states: Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Durango.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, El Economista

4. The third presidential debate took place this Tuesday in Merida, receiving many negative reviews. According to Reforma, the third debate had the lowest viewership of the three debates. El Pais, declared that “no candidate won, democracy lost”. In the end, most experts concluded that the debate would not have a significant impact on the election results.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Pais, El Universal

5. Edgar Valdes Villarreal, better known as “La Barbie”, a drug lord in the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, was sentenced to 49 years in prison in the United States under charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. He was also fined $192 million USD, which prosecutors say is a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez imported into the United States.

Read more: El Financiero, Excelsior, El Universal, Reforma

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1. Two tourists from Germany and Poland, were found dead on the road between San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, in the southern state of Chiapas. Rainer Hagenbusch, the brother of one of the cyclists, affirms that they were murdered and did not die when falling in a ravine, denying what the State’s General Prosecutor had stated.

Read more: El UniversalReforma, ExcelsiorMilenioJornada,

2. Mexico’s year-to-year inflation slowed to its lowest level in 16 months. The national consumer price index rose 4.5% year-to-year in April, compared to 5.12% in March. The decrease is mainly due to a drop in electricity rates, according to the National Statistics Institute (INEGI).

Read more: El EconomistaEl UniversalEl FinancieroExcelsior

3. Roberta Jacobson concluded her time as Ambassador of the United States in Mexico this past Saturday, May 5. President Donald Trump announced Ed Whitacre will be the new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Read more: ReformaJornadaEl Universal, El Financiero

4. On Monday, the Mexican government published a letter sent to Geneva in which they criticized a report titled, “Double injustice: Report on Human Rights Violations in the Investigation of the Ayotzinapa Case.” The report was published on March 15th by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. On Wednesday, the Office reaffirmed the validity of “the methodology and findings” of the report made on the Ayotzinapa case.

Read more: Excelsior, ReformaEl UniversalMilenio

5. On Sunday, May 6, a Public Security officer was murdered in Mexico’s Central Market (Ceda). The Ministry of Public Security, as of Tuesday, May 8, will be in charge of the security coordination and will increase the number of officers in the area. The alleged murderer has been arrested.

Read more: ExcelsiorReformaEl Universal, Jornada

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1. The Mexican economy expanded 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year, driven mainly by primary activities, according to the National Institute of Statistics, Computer Science and Geography (INEGI). Compared to the last quarter of 2017, Mexico’s Gross Domestic Product grew 1.1 percent from January to March 2018, the Institute added.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, Milenio, Jornada

2. The Mexican Central Bank revealed that remittances to Mexico from the United States rose by 3.96 percent in March. Mexicans living in the United States set an all-time record for the month of March, sending USD$2,620.58 million to their families.

Read more: Forbes, Milenio, El Financiero, Excelsior

3. The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights estimates that the number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence between 2006 and 2017 amounts to 329,917. The displaced individuals have fled the states of Guerrero, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Chiapas, and Oaxaca.

Read more: Reforma, Jornada, El Economista, El Financiero

4. After being accused of orchestrating a murder, the Mayor of Tlalquitenango, Enrique Alonso Plascencia, has been released from prison. Judge Alejandra Trejo concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute. Alonso Plascencia was accused of being the mastermind of a murder carried out by seven people, detained on April 20 and believed to be members of Los Rojos, a criminal organization.

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, Jornada, Milenio

5. Teachers affiliated with the National Educational Workers Coordinator have organized labor stoppage in states like Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Michoacan. They are marching and blocking public areas and demanding a roundtable discussion with the Federal government in order to repeal the education reform.

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, El Universal, Jornada