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

Call for Applicants: Fall 2016 Internships with the Mexico Institute

1620505_820228064671080_545656447_nThe Mexico Institute seeks Fall 2016 interns. There are three different intern positions, please specify which you are applying for. Please review full guidelines and application instructions.  Applications should be received no later than the deadlines listed below. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline to apply is July 22

Outreach and Communications Intern

Opening Date: Fall 2016

Deadline: July 22, 2016

Internship Description: The Mexico Institute is looking for an intern to aid in the implementation of the Mexico Institute’s communications and social media strategy. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as managing the Mexico Institute’s social media accounts, creating infographics, providing research support for op-eds and other publications, conference/event organization, and other traditional media outreach. The Intern will be responsible for updating the Mexico Institute blog and social media accounts, preparing daily news clippings, researching for and creating infographics to promote topics/recent events in U.S.-Mexico relations, as well as upcoming events and publications, and aiding with other office activities. The Intern will help manage and explore other outreach strategies, such as the use of video, and will work on various projects related to: Security & Rule of Law, Economics & Competitiveness and Innovation, Energy, Border Issues, and Migration & Migrants.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful applicants should have strong research and administrative skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and collectively as part of a group, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Strong writing skills and language ability in both English and Spanish are preferred. Experience with graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop), video (YouTube, Facebook Live, Whiteboard), translation experience and knowledge of Mexico will be considered assets. This is a paid internship.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, cover letter, a 3-5 page writing sample, and 1-2 examples of infographics. Clearly state your availability and desired schedule in your application. All materials should be submitted together to Mexico@wilsoncenter.org. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last name, Outreach and Communications Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the Mexico Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, visit our website.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

 

Graduate Research Intern

Opening Date: Fall 2016

Deadline: July 22, 2016

Internship Description: The Mexico Institute is looking for a graduate intern with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills. This internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Interns will gain valuable experience in a variety of projects such as public policy research and analysis; conference organization; editing and publishing reports, and other support of Center activities.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful applicants should have strong research skills, be detail-oriented, and be able to work independently and as part of a group. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. Strong writing skills and language ability in both English and Spanish are preferred. Knowledge and research experience on trade and economics, Mexico, and U.S.-Latin America relations  are highly preferred. This is a paid internship.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a 3-5 page writing sample. Clearly state your availability and desired schedule in your application. All materials should be submitted together to Mexico@wilsoncenter.org. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last Name, Graduate Research Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the Mexico Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, visit our website.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

 

Virtual Graphic Design Intern

Opening Date: Fall 2016

Deadline: July 22, 2016

Internship Description: The Mexico Institute is looking for a virtual intern to aid in the graphic design of Mexico Institute projects. This internship is designed to provide the individual selected with the opportunity for practical graphic design experience for a public policy institution. Responsibilities include but are not limited to creation of info-graphics, data visualization, publication design, and work virtually with Mexico Institute staff on various design projects. Internship is 10-15 hours per week and is done entirely remotely and through a computer. The intern does not report to a physical work location at the Wilson Center; instead, the intern works on projects from their home, academic institution, or other location determined by the intern. This is an unpaid internship.

Eligibility Requirements: Successful applicants should have strong visualization and mock-up skills, be detail-oriented, be able to work independently and effectively without supervision, and follow instructions and style guides. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within the last year), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program. International applicants are welcome. Experience with graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and/or Photoshop) is required. Experience with Microsoft Excel is a plus. Knowledge of Mexico will be considered an asset, but is not required.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a portfolio of graphic work samples. Clearly state in your application your availability and that you understand  the internship is virtual and unpaid. All materials should be submitted together to Mexico@wilsoncenter.org. In the subject line, please use the following format: Last name, Virtual Graphic Design Internship Application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about the Mexico Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, visit our website.

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Uprooted in Mexico: the US children ‘returned’ to a country they barely know

07/13/16 The Guardian 

Kids Photo Credit Kelly DonlanAfter 14 years as an undocumented farmworker in the US, Julia Aguilar returned to Mexico last year with her two sons, both of whom were born in California. The boys, then seven and 10, had never previously visited their new home town of San Martín Peras in an isolated corner of the southern state of Oaxaca.

The move was not easy: the two boys spoke English and the region’s indigenous Mixteco language, but barely any Spanish. Life was hardest for the eldest, Jorge, who was unable to make friends or participate in classes at school.

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Peña Nieto faces tough lessons over Mexico teachers’ protests

07/12/2017 Financial Times

pena nieto wefIn a failing school system in which more than half of 15-year-olds cannot master basic maths, the reform is one of the most significant of the policy changes pushed through by Mr Peña Nieto in his first two years in office. Mexico’s students are among the worst performers in the OECD, so the reforms are critical to improving poor productivity and vaulting Mexico into the big league of world economies.

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Mexico Prosectors Seek to Block Legal Shields for Outgoing Governors

07/11/16 The Wall Street Journal

DuarteMEXICO CITY—Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office filed a constitutional challenge Monday before the Supreme Court to block legislation in two states that critics say would keep several outgoing state governors and former officials from facing prosecution on corruption-related charges.

In jointly announcing the move, a senior federal prosecutor and a spokesman for President Enrique Peña Nieto said the state legislation was in conflict with the national anticorruption system approved last year with changes to the constitution.

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Headlines from Mexico

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1. Negotiations between the Ministry of Interior and the CNTE over education reform have stalled, while blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas continue to expand, affecting the transit of goods and people. A group of 64 organizations from private and social sectors demand a resolution to this long-running conflict.

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

2. During the first State Visit by a Mexican president to Canada for 15 years, Prime Minister Trudeau  announced the lifting of the visa requirement for Mexican visitors beginning December 1, 2016. The North American Leaders’ Summit followed the visit, offering a chance to forge a handful of agreements, primarily on energy and the environment, as well as tout the importance of integrated economic markets.

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

3. Mexico raised its key interest rate after the peso plunged on the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union. Annual inflation has remained below Banxico central bank’s 3 percent target for a year. Nevertheless, the peso’s weakness continues to raise concerns of an increase in consumer prices, an effect known as pass-through.

Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, CNN Expansión, El Financiero

4. Extradition of “El Chapo” to the United States was halted by a Federal Judge in Mexico. The ruling means it could be months or even years before El Chapo is sent to the US, where he faces murder and drug smuggling charges.

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

 

Isolationism not a solution – Mexican PM Enrique Pena Nieto.

06/29/2016 BBC News

pena nieto wef.jpgCanada, the US and Mexico vowed to strengthen economic ties in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU and growing anti-globalisation sentiment.

“Isolationism cannot bring prosperity to a society,” said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Nieto’s remarks came at the end of the Three Amigos Summit with US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.

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