Mexico president justifies release of kingpin targeted by US


Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday defended the 2013 ruling that freed one of the drug lords most wanted by U.S. authorities, even though Mexico’s Supreme Court later ruled it was a mistake.

Rafael Caro Quintero walked free while serving a 40-year sentence for the torture-murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, and has since apparently resumed his role as violent drug trafficker.


Opinion: AMLO’s Plan to Drop Texas Gas


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision last week to ban natural-gas exports to Mexico temporarily was shortsighted and counterproductive for his state.

This isn’t to dismiss the suffering in Texas. But Northern Mexico, which was also in the deep freeze, is the Lone Star State’s largest trading partner and its biggest market for natural-gas exports. Trying to use a state edict to cut off Mexican power generators in a crisis was a public admission that in Texas’s eyes, customers south of the border don’t rate.


Six killed in Mexican air force plane accident in Veracruz


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Six members of Mexico’s military died in an accident on Sunday morning involving a Mexican air force plane in the southeastern state of Veracruz, the country’s Defense Ministry said.

The accident occurred as the Learjet 45 aircraft was taking off around 9:45 a.m. from an airport in the municipality of Emiliano Zapata, the ministry said in a statement.


Mexico near approving Russian vaccine, with little data


Source: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Tuesday it is close to granting approval for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, with lots of spy drama but little public data available.

The approval process described by Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s assistant health secretary, sounded like a Cold War spy thriller, and may not foment confidence in the shot.


Mexico City Says Hospitals Have Beds, But Paramedics Can’t Find Them


Source: Bloomberg

For three days last week, Mexico saw national deaths surge by more than 1,500 with the total past 150,000, making it the world’s fourth-highest mortality toll. Covid seems everywhere. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the country’s richest person, Carlos Slim, both announced they have mild cases.

The worst is in the capital region, with its 21 million residents and excess fatalities which reports show to be higher than any major city in the world.

Three of Mexico’s most powerful men have COVID-19


Source: Los Angeles Times

There was little doubt that Mexico was in the grips of a crisis.
It was evident in the lines of people stretching city blocks to refill oxygen tanks. In the wail of ambulance sirens. In the plumes of smoke puffing from crematoriums late into the night.

But in recent days, the creeping sense that the coronavirus is everywhere has been magnified by news that three of the nation’s most powerful men are now sick with COVID-19.


Mexico calls on Biden to fix immigration status of Mexican nationals


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Incoming U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden should quickly fulfill campaign promises to launch an immigration plan, including giving dual nationality to Mexicans working in the United States, Mexico’s president said on Wednesday.

Immigration has become a priority issue for Biden, who is planning to roll back his predecessor’s harsh measures and enact sweeping reforms that would put 11 million people living illegally in the U.S on a path to citizenship.


Mexico City Restaurants Plan to Reopen in Defiance of Lockdown


Source: Bloomberg

Hundreds of restaurants in Mexico City were set to welcome back diners on Monday, defying the capital’s Covid-19 restrictions in an online campaign titled “We Open or We Die.”

Popular chains like Sonora Grill and Fisher’s said they’ll do a better job of keeping customers safe than the informal street stands and markets that have been allowed to operate under the lockdown.


Mexico moves to create world’s largest legal cannabis market


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexico’s health ministry on Tuesday published rules to regulate the use of medicinal cannabis, a major step in a broader reform to create the world’s largest legal cannabis market in the Latin American country.

The new regulation, signed off on by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, will now allow pharmaceutical companies to begin doing medical research on cannabis products.


Over 1,300 asylum-seekers assaulted in Mexico while remaining there under Trump administration policy, new report says


Source: Business Insider

More than 1,300 people have been raped, kidnapped, or otherwise assaulted since February 2019, when the Trump administration began requiring asylum-seekers to wait out their claims in Mexico, according to a new report.

“Continuing to turn away and expel people seeking US refugee protection at the southern border is both a humanitarian disgrace and a legal travesty,” Kennji Kizuka, a researcher at Human Rights First, which put out the study, said Wednesday. “The Trump administration is flouting US laws and treaty obligations to protect refugees, and weaponizing the pandemic to block and expel people seeking safety in the United States.”