Headlines from Mexico

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1. A combination of international (U.S. elections and oil prices mainly) and domestic issues have pushed the Mexican peso this week to its weakest ever level against the U.S. dollar. The currency is down nearly 13% this year against the dollar, making it one of the world’s worst performers. It has fallen 33% in the past two years.

Read more: El UniversalForbes México, Milenio, Expansión MX

2. Accusations of corruption that have marked Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte and his administration are becoming more numerous, as are the investigations against him and alleged collaborators.

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

3. During President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, 14 priests have been murdered and one was recently kidnapped, allegedly by organized criminal groups. Since 1990 to date, there have been 45 homicides, making of Mexico -quoting different organizations- a dangerous country to be a priest.

Read more: Milenio, Excelsior, Animal Político,

4. Mexico’s Environment Secretary, Rafael Pacchiano, delivered the country’s ratification of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations. To date, 60 countries  -who account for 47.76% of emissions worldwide- have ratified the treaty to combat global climate change with domestic action.

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

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  1. Tomás Zerón de Lucio, Chief Director of Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Agency (Agencia de Investigación Criminal, AIC) within the Attorney General’s Office, resigned late Wednesday amid an internal affairs inquiry into his office’s handling of the investigation of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. A brief government statement said the attorney general, Arely Gómez, had accepted the resignation of Zerón de Lucio from his post as head of criminal investigations, and “wished him success in his personal and professional projects. President Enrique Peña Nieto named Zerón as his technical secretary of Mexico’s National Security Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nacional). Read more: Milenio, Aristegui Noticias, Reforma, El Universal, Animal Político.
  2. On September 15th, thousands of people, many of them young professionals and students left the emblematic Angel of Independence toward the Zócalo, in the heart of the Mexican capital, to demand the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto under the slogan #RenunciaYa. The mobilization was led by the parents of the 43 students missing from Guerrero, who chanted “Neither forgiveness nor oblivion, punishment for the murderers!”. Read more: El País, Reforma, Milenio, BBC Mundo, Animal Político.
  3. Parents of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero ceased dialogue with the Attorney General’s Office (PGR). The attorney of the parents, Vidulfo Rosales, stated that this decision was taken as a response to the lack of results of the investigation against Tomas Zerón de Lucio. Read more: Animal Político, El Financiero, Milenio, El Universal, La Jornada.
  4. The Mexican peso continues to plunge against the US dollar. By Thursday, one dollar was worth 19.65 pesos, one of its highest levels in the last few days. The peso has depreciated over the last few days amid falling oil prices, and uncertainties on the upcoming presidential elections in the United States. Read more: El Financiero, El Universal, El Economista, Aristegui Noticias

Headlines from Mexico

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1. Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray resigned following the visit of Republican candidate for the US presidency Donald Trump last week. Videgaray, one of Peña Nieto’s closest allies will be replaced by the current Minister of Social Development, Jose Antonio Meade announced the president of Mexico at a news conference.

Read more: El Universal, El Financiero, Milenio, La Jornada, Animal Político

2. José Antonio Meade, Minister of Finance, presented to the House of Representatives a two-year-old austerity drive in his 2017 budget, pledging spending cuts that add up to almost 240bn pesos. About 100bn pesos of the cuts will come from Pemex, with more than 100bn pesos by the federal government in the areas of education, transportation and health.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Animal Político, La Jornada, El País

3. Although schools in Oaxaca remain closed due to the strike led by the Sección 22 of the teacher’s union (CNTE), the Government affirms the education reform in this state is progressing. According to the government in Oaxaca, they have met the deadlines of the teacher’s evaluations as established by the National Institute of Educational Evaluation.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal

4. Hillary Clinton stated this past Monday that she is not planning to visit Mexico before the November election. “We are permanently and productively in touch with @HillaryClinton’s campaign,” Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu tweeted in Spanish. “We understand and respect her decision to propose the time to have a meeting.”

Read more: El Universal, Animal Político, El Economista, Excelsior, La Jornada

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  1. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrived in Mexico this past Wednesday, making a surpirse visit to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto. After a closed-door meeting, Pena Nieto and Trump gave a joint statement. Protestors gathered in Mexico City, while other Mexicans expressed their anger over the visit on social media.

Read more: El Financiero, El Universal,  Milenio, Excelsior, Animal Politico

2.  Mexico mourned the death of singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel “el divo de                               Juarez”, whose music tapped a deeply sentimental vein in Mexican culture. Juan                     Gabriel died on Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, California at the age of 66.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, Milenio, Excelsior, Aristegui Noticias

3. This past Monday, President Enrique Pena Nieto fired Enrique Galindo who was                        the commissioner of Mexico’s federal police force. The government argued that                      Galindo was dismissed in response to a report that evidenced that the police had                    killed 22 suspects in a raid last year. Osorio Chong stated that Galindo’s                                      departure is vital for a transparent investigation of the events of Tanhuato.

Read more: El Universal, Animal Politico, El Financiero, Aristegui Noticias


Mexican president calls Trump’s ideas ‘a threat to the future of Mexico’

09/01/16 Los Angeles Times 

PenaNietoReversing a more diplomatic tone he set during a joint appearance with Donald Trump in the Mexican capital, President Enrique Peña Nieto called the Republican presidential candidate’s ideas a “threat to the future of Mexico.”

Peña Nieto’s hostile words came Wednesday night, hours after he met privately with Trump and shortly after the real estate mogul delivered an incendiary speech in Phoenix in which he repeatedly portrayed immigrants in the U.S. as dangerous criminals and vowed to force Mexico to pay for construction of a border wall.

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Headlines from Mexico

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1. The government declared that there will be no dialogue with CNTE leaders if schools -mainly in Michoacán, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero- remain closed, affecting the beginning of the school year. President Enrique Peña Nieto affirmed that it is unacceptable for the CNTE to use students as hostages to negotiate on their behalf.

Leer más: El Sol de México, La Jornada, Excelsior,

2. Mexico cut its 2016 growth forecast for a second time this year Monday after the economy shrank in the second quarter. Lower expansion could limit tax revenue and boost debt.  “Mexico has undertaken more structural reforms than most emerging market countries, but its growth rate has been disappointing”, said Standard & Poor’s in a statement.

Leer más: El Financiero, Forbes, Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal 

3. Donald Trump appears to be tempering the tone of his hard-line approach to immigration for a general election audience, avoiding repeating his previous call for mass deportations and instead saying he wants to come up with a “really fair” plan to address the millions of undocumented immigrants now in the United States.

Leer más: El UniversalNYT en Español, La Jornada, Milenio

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1. At least 45 people have died in eastern Mexico following flash floods and landslides that saw homes swept away after heavy rain. The region was hit by Hurricane Earl, a category 1 storm that had earlier pummeled Belize. Most of those who died were in Puebla State with the remainder in the neighbouring state of Veracruz, officials said.

Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, Animal Político, Aristegui Noticias

2. The first lady, Angelica Rivera, has come once again under scrutiny over property deals. According to The Guardian, Rivera has been using a luxury Key Biscayne condo owned by Grupo Pierdant, a government contractor expected to bid on a massive port project in Mexico.

Read more: Animal Político, Proceso, El Economista, La Jornada, Reforma

3.Business leaders are demanding the use of force to clear highway blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas by the CNTE. One of Mexico’s leading business organizations, Coparmex, is seeking court orders forcing authorities to act to end the blockades, which have also hampered the movement of freight by rail to and from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán. Furthermore, among other strategies, business groups from Oaxaca have announced to hold demonstrations in Mexico City in protest for their economic losses.

Read more: Excelsior, CNN Expansión, Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal

4. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) confirmed that there were armed civilians in the confrontation between police and National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) protesters in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, on June 19, were eight people died. Two months after this episode, the PGR has not been able to get access to the scene were the conflict took place in order to continue with the case investigations.

Read more: Milenio, El Economista, Animal Político, Reforma