February 19, 2015
02/18/15 Wall Street Journal
The Bank of Mexico on Wednesday lowered its forecast for economic growth for the nation this year, citing weaker expected global growth and risks of increased international market volatility and further declines in oil prices. In its quarterly inflation report, the central bank said it expects gross domestic product to grow between 2.5% and 3.5% this year, less than its previous estimate of 3%-4%. For 2016, the bank lowered its forecast growth range to 2.9%-3.9% from 3.2%-4.2%. The central bank said GDP likely expanded 2.1% in 2014, which is in line with the consensus of private economists. The National Statistics Institute is scheduled to report fourth-quarter GDP on Friday.
February 13, 2015
By Animal Politico 2/13/15
The Associated Press October 22, 2014
El caso de los 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa es una muestra de cómo en México se vive en un contexto de“desapariciones generalizadas” en las que muchas veces participan agentes del Estado cometiendo el delito de desaparición forzada, concluyó este viernes el Comité contra la Desaparición Forzada de las Naciones Unidas en su informe final sobre México.
El Comité insistió en que lo ocurrido el 26 de septiembre pasado en Iguala, Guerrero -cuando policías municipales atacaron a estudiantes normalistas tras la orden del alcalde, José Luis Abarca- no sólo es un caso de desaparición forzada si no que “ilustra los serios desafíos que enfrenta el Estado parte en materia de prevención, investigación y sanción de las desapariciones forzadas y la búsqueda de personas desaparecidas”.
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February 9, 2015
The Mexico Institute seeks summer 2015 interns for the following positions:
-Outreach and Communications Intern
-Graduate Economics Intern
-Virtual Graphic Design Intern
Applications should be received no later than March 15, 2015.
To find out more information and/or to apply, click here.
February 6, 2015
02/04/2015 Woodrow Wilson Center
As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, Canada Institute, Kennan Institute, Latin American Program, Middle East Program, Mexico Institute and its Regional and Global Energy Series convened an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment.
January 22, 2015
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office and a construction company whose owner sold him a house in a resort town when he was a state governor in 2005 denied that the relationship resulted in special favors for the firm. Pena Nieto acquired the house in Ixtapan de la Sal legally and had reported it as part of his asset disclosure statement, according to a press release Wednesday. Pena Nieto isn’t involved in the awarding of public contracts, the president’s office said. Pena Nieto, 48, bought the weekend home in an exclusive golf club from Roberto San Roman weeks after taking office as governor of the State of Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing documents. A presidential spokesman told the paper it was bought at market prices for $372,000. A construction firm started by San Roman has since won $150 million of business from the state and federal government, including at least six no-bid contracts, the newspaper said.
January 16, 2015
1/12/2015 Vida Latina San Diego
The United States is preparing to open the border to Mexican long-haul truckers, allowing those who qualify for permits to make direct deliveries from Mexico to U.S. destinations — a measure stipulated more than two decades ago under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish a formal announcement this week inviting Mexican companies to apply.
Supporters in United States and Mexico are praising the move as an important step toward the economic integration of the two countries and Canada that was envisioned at NAFTA’s signing in 1994.