4 dead, 16 hurt in oil platform fire in Gulf of Mexico

04/01/2015 USA Today 

AFP/Getty ImagesAt least four people were killed and 16 workers injured when a fire erupted early Wednesday on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico belonging to Mexico’s state petroleum giant Pemex, the company said in a statement. The company said one of those who died when the fire broke out at dawn at the Abkatun Permanente platform was a contractor for the Mexican oil services company Cotemar. Pemex said on Twitter that it was using eight firefighting boats to battle the blaze. Two of the injured were in serious condition and 300 workers were evacuated from the Abkatun platform, located in the Campeche Sound, near the coast of the states of Campeche and Tabasco.

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Close Ally to Pena Nieto Sworn In on Mexico Supreme Court

The New York Times, 3/11/15

A former prosecutor and amMedinaMora-Event-1bassador who has been questioned about his public service record and close ties to President Enrique Pena Nieto was voted late Tuesday onto Mexico’s Supreme Court.

Eduardo Medina Mora took the oath of office immediately after being approved by the Senate, despite never having served as a judge, not meeting the residency requirement of two years and facing questions about his impartiality given his links to the presidency.

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Now Accepting Intern Applications for Summer 2015

1620505_820228064671080_545656447_nThe Mexico Institute seeks summer interns for Summer 2015. There are three different intern positions: Outreach & Communications, Graduate Economics, and Virtual Graphic Design. Please review full guidelines and application instructions. Applications should be received no later than March 15, 2015.

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Central Bank Cuts Mexican Growth Forecasts

02/18/15 Wall Street Journal 

financeThe 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.

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Forced disappearances are widespread: UN offers 8 recommendations to Mexico. (In Spanish)

By Animal Politico 2/13/15

The Associated Press October 22, 2014
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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Former Mexican Governor Considers Suing The NY Times Over Article on Lavish Properties in U.S.

2/12/2015 Forbes

mexican-flag1In response to The New York Times front-page exposé  on lavish real estate purchased through shell companies by the family of José Murat Casab, a controversial former state governor believed to have once faked an attempt on his life, Murat said he sent a letter to The New York Times‘ public editor, alleging that he doesn’t own any of the properties the paper says he owns.

In the letter, made available to the Mexican press on Wednesday, Murat, a former governor of the southwestern state of Oaxaca, México’s fourth poorest, said the information is “false and compromises my reputation and that of my family.”

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1620505_820228064671080_545656447_nThe 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.