Mexico’s Theology of Oil – Op Ed


The New York Times, 10/31/2013

In almost every country, the availability and exploitation of oil are essentially economic issues — every country, that is, except Mexico, where it is a matter of secular theology. For many Mexicans, the question of whether to open the national oil industry to private investment is much more than a practical decision: It is an existential dilemma, as if permitting foreign investment were to bargain away the country’s soul.

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Contra la trata, primero identificar a las víctimas – Artículo de opinión escrito por el embajador Anthony Wayne

Ambassador WayneLa Jornada, 9/23/2013. Artículo de opinión.

La trata de personas ignora los límites internacionales y nos afecta a todos. Es por eso que Estados Unidos está comprometido a trabajar con nuestros socios alrededor del mundo para erradicar este nefasto crimen. Es una alta prioridad para mí como embajador de Estados Unidos en México trabajar con el gobierno y la sociedad civil mexicanos para alcanzar este objetivo importante. Pero, como el presidente Obama lo ha señalado, el trabajo de erradicar la esclavitud moderna continúa siendo una lucha cuesta arriba.

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Op-ed: Drug war holds Mexico back from joining developed nations

Road - highway interchangeBy David Horsey, Los Angeles Times, 8/27/2013

Because of the vicious, unending drug war within its borders, Mexico teeters between becoming a fully developed country and sliding into failed-state status. With a growing economy, more jobs and a once-out-of-control birthrate now brought to a First World level, Mexico has huge potential. But a nation with a government that cannot protect its citizens, defeat criminal gangs or root out corruption is a nation without control of its destiny.

On Aug. 17, the bodies of nine men were found by the army near the border between the states of Michoacan and Jalisco where vigilante groups have been battling the Knights Templar drug cartel. There is nothing remarkable about this. Only the day before, eight other bodies were found near Michoacan’s border with Guerrero while eight other dead people were found elsewhere in a mass grave.

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Weekly News Summary: February 15

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The Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon, summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English-language press had to say…

This week, the Peña Nieto administration unveiled its new strategy to combat organized crime, promising the creation of a 10,000-strong gendarmerie by year’s end, as well as $9.2 billion for social programs aimed at the country’s most violent towns and neighborhoods.  Mexico’s booming auto industry surpassed tourism and oil exports to become the nation’s main source of foreign exchange. The government’s efforts to transform the Mexican narrative of violence into one of prosperity and social development, however, continued to suffer setbacks following the rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco last week. Auto defensa vigilante groups in the state of Guerrero continued to hold over forty people accused of several crimes hostage. North of the border, talk of comprehensive immigration reform continued, with critics warning against conditioning reform efforts on the poorly defined notion of securing the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano added, has “never been stronger.”

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¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 2/11/2013

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El Universal

Lydia Cacho

Acapulco, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos are considered popular tourist locations in Mexico due to their spectacular scenery . However, last week’s rape case in Acapulco–where 5 Spanish women were sexually abused by a group of men– raised a discussion regarding sexual violence and the lack of attention political leaders, such as Mayor Walton, have dedicated to sexual crimes against women and children who live in these sites. An important issue to consider is that if the authorities continue to ignore the violence against locals, it will not be long until this violence starts affecting visitors and the tourist industry.

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¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 2/8/2013

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Andrés Oppenheimer

Republican congressmen have not learned their lesson. Some want to create a subclass of 11 million people, most of them Hispanic, by denying them a path to citizenship. While the details of a comprehensive immigration reform are still being worked out, three competing ideas have emerged. Some Republicans, like Rep. Robert Goodlatte from Virginia support a reform that would grant undocumented immigrants temporary legal status, without putting them on a path towards citizenship. Others, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) support putting immigrants on a path to citizenship “eventually,” but only after increasing border security and once immigrants meet a long list of requirements. Finally, President Obama and most Democratic congressmen advocate for a direct path to citizenship as long as candidates pay a fine, learn English, and wait in line behind those who have begun the process to migrate legally. Creating a large subclass of residents would institutionalize labor abuse and other injustices. The United States should learn from France’s example, where failure to integrate millions of Muslim immigrants has led to violent riots in the past.

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¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 2/7/2013

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Jorge G. Castañeda

A few days ago, Chile hosted CELAC’s (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) first meeting. The organization’s purpose is simple: to build a regional structure that includes Cuba and excludes the United States and Canada. Speaking as CELAC’s president pro tempore, Cuba’s Raúl Castro said he would fight drugs “by fire and sword,” and suggested Cuba’s death penalty has led to a drug-free Cuba. The Cuban dictatorship has indeed used “fire and sword” to fight drugs, but has also employed them to crack down on imaginary evils, like homosexuality and political opposition. Latin American democracies have already been down the “fire and sword” road, only to discover that it leads to death, violence, repression, and, contrary to Mr. Castro’s beliefs, the persistence of drug-related problems.

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