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

 

 

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1. José Santamaría Zavala, the major of the town of Huehuetlán in Puebla State, was found dead this past Tuesday next to his bullet-riddled car. He was the third major to be killed in Mexico in the past two weeks, along with Domingo López González, from San Juan Chamula, Chiapas and  Ambrosio Soto Duarte, from Pungabarato, Guerrero.

Read more: El Universal, Animal Político, Excélsior, El País

2. The arrival of August came with an increase in the price of gasoline in Mexico. The Finance Ministry argues that the increase in fuel prices is due to the upturn in international reference prices for fuel prices, reflecting the recent recovery in crude oil prices.

Read more: La Jornada, Animal Político, Forbes México, El Economista 

3. This past Monday the advisory board of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) was defined with the purpose of strengthening the political party in light of the 2018 electoral year. “Don’t count with me” were the words of Miguel Angel Mancera to reporters on the question of whether he would become militant of the party.

Read more: Excélsior, Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal 

4. The Mexican Secretariat of the Interior (SEGOB) agreed to release the Oaxacan union leader teachers who were imprisoned and reinstate the dismissed teachers who did not complete the teacher’s evaluation. Additionally, the CNTE agreed with SEGOB that they would guarantee employment stability to all teachers who had suffered any consequence as product of the educational reform.

Read more: El Universal, Reforma, Milenio , Excélsior 

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I. The total number of homicides in the first half of this year is about 16% more than in the same period in 2015. The rise in homicides seems likely related to another criminal dynamic in Mexico: The fragmentation of the major criminal organizations that once operated in the country.

Read more: El Universal, Proceso, Reforma, Milenio

 

II. The Finance Ministry announced last month that the cost of premium gasoline per liter would increase 2.4 percent in July, while unleaded gasoline would increase 1.8 percent for the month. An additional fuel price increase of 3 percent in August for unleaded gasoline was announced yesterday.

Read more: CNN Expansión, El Financiero, La Jornada, Animal Político

 

III. According to the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT), 51.9 percent of sexually active females aged 12 to 19 have become pregnant in their teens or younger. A new report: “Maternity childhood”  by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has found that one in three pregnant women in Mexico are under the age of 20, revealing that Mexico is the leading nation in teen pregnancies with a rate of 64.2 teen pregnancies per thousand births.

Read more: Reporte IndigoProceso, Excelsior, América Economía

 

IV. Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) has been followed-up throughout the week and covered in detail by Mexico’s main newspapers. 

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, El Economista, CNN, La Jornada

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  • President Enrique Peña Nieto offered Mexicans an apology over the 2014 scandal surrounding his wife’s purchase of a $7m luxury home-La Casa Blanca-from a government contractor. Peña Nieto apologized while the laws of the new-anti corruption system were being enacted. “For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness,” he said. “I reiterate my sincere and profound apology for the offense and indignation I have caused you.” Read more: Animal Político, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio, Excélsior.
  • The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) accused the national statistics agency-known as INEGI-of general opacity in its     statistics and methodology as well of arbitrarily changing one of the essential variables when measuring poverty so that it appears to be less of a problem. Read more: El Universal, Animal Político, Aristegui Noticias, El Economista, El Financiero
  • The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) conditioned negotiations with the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) with the dependence to withhold the   introduction of the new educational model this past Wednesday. However, authorities of SEP described the dialogue as “successful” and announced that they reached an agreement to start a forum where processes of evaluation will be reviewed, with the possibility of the National Institute for Educational Assessment (INEE) participation. Read more: El Financiero, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio, Animal Político.
  •  President Barack Obama will receive President Enrique Peña Nieto this Friday at the Oval office in order to continue the political dialogue and deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Read more: Excélsior, La Jornada, Milenio, Aristegui Noticias.

 

 

 

Headlines from Mexico

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1. Mexico’s ruling party PRI chose Enrique Ochoa, the former head of the country’s electricity agency and an ally of President Enrique Pena Nieto, as its new leader. A lawyer and economist with a doctorate in political science from Columbia University, Mr. Ochoa took office for three years promising to renew the PRI and make it more transparent.

Read more: Reforma, El Financiero, Excelsior, Proceso

2. The dialogue between the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Ministry of Interior over education reform moves along. Both parties will sit at three negotiating tables around political, educational, and social issues in order to end the ongoing conflict.

Read more: La Jornada, Animal Político, Milenio, Reforma

3. The Mexican Attorney General’s Office filed constitutional challenges with the Supreme Court to recent reforms passed in the states of Quintana Roo, Veracruz and Chihuahua that shield outgoing governors from inquiries in corruption cases.

Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, La Jornada, El Financiero

4. The State Congress of Jalisco approved the elimination of the constitutional privilege that shields public state officials from going to trial for alleged offences, offering them immunity.It is necessary that 63 municipal councils confirm the norm for it to be enacted.

Read more: Animal Político, El Informador, Proceso, Milenio

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1.  Congress approved amendments to the anti-corruption law (Ley3de3) following the changes proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, on one of the articles that required individuals to submit assets declarations and interests. The amendments were voted this past Monday, July 4th by the Senate and on Wednesday by the House of Representatives. The law was sent to the Executive for publication.

Read more: El Informador, La Razón, La Jornada, Excelsior, Animal Político

2. Teachers from the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, continue protesting education reform -proposed by Peña Nieto- which introduced teacher evaluations. Union members have set up street blockades on major highways across Mexico. CNTE’s mobilizations have been intensified in Mexico City after the Union’s Section 9 declared it was going on strike.

Read more: La Jornada, Animal Político, Aristegui Noticias, Milenio, El Informador

3. Enrique Ochoa, head of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) will most likely be the next PRI chairman replacing PRI veteran Manlio Fabio Beltrones, who stood down last month. Ochoa has been a loyal ally of Peña Nieto and played a major role in Peña Nieto’s energy reform.

Read more: Milenio, El Universal, El Financiero, La Jornada , Excelsior 

4. The Mexican National Educational Workers Union (SNTE) demanded the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) the following: 1) to rethink the implementation of the Educational Reform 2) the payment of economic incentives, as they did before the amendment 3) the revision of failures in the evaluation of teacher’s performance and unjustified dismissal of teachers.

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