Mexico’s anti-corruption efforts lack the urgency people desire

10/13/16 Financial Times

DuarteThe state of Veracruz has given Mexico a breathtaking tourist spectacle, the Voladores de Papantla, or flying men of Papantla. Four men, each suspended by a cord around one ankle, slowly descend a totem pole upside down, round and round, while spectators watch, hearts in mouths.

The fall from grace of Javier Duarte, who has asked for leave of absence as governor of Veracruz to fight corruption allegations, has been a similarly slow but less gracious affair.

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Data Shows Mexico Losing Battle with Organized Crime

09/27/16 InSight Crime

crime and drugsResults of Mexico‘s antinarcotics strategy in 2016 show that seizures of all types of drugs and of weapons reserved for military use are down while homicides and the production of synthetic drugs and heroin have increased dramatically.

That balance showing negative results on virtually all fronts is drawn from statistics reported by the Mexican government, the United Nations, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican Army.

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CentAm Migrants Suffer Brunt of Mexico Crackdown: Report

09/26/16 InSight Crime

immigrationMexico’s crackdown against Central American migrants has increased human rights violations and crimes against the migrants, according to a new report, suggesting it is the vulnerable rather than the human smugglers that are suffering as a result of the new security measures.

The report A Trail of Impunity, compiled by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Mexican non-governmental organizations Fundar: Centro de Análisis e Investigación and Casa del Migrante, traces the impact of Mexico’s Southern Border Program, which was launched in 2014 to stem the flow of Central American migrants seeking to pass through Mexico to enter the United States.

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Priest reported kidnapped found dead, 3rd slain in Mexico in last week

09/25/16 CBS News

16351122146_4433fe03f6_mMEXICO CITY — A missing Mexican priest was found shot dead off the side of a highway in western Mexico days after he was kidnapped from his parish residence, state prosecutors said Sunday. He was the third Roman Catholic priest to be slain in Mexico in the last week.

The Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the Rev. Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen’s body was found Saturday night in an area called Las Guayabas on the highway between Puruandiro and Zinaparo.

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Mexico’s other border

09/23/16 Financial Times

fence at borderThe UN estimates 400,000 Central Americans cross illegally into Mexico each year and as many as half of those are fleeing violence. As pressure builds for measures to stem the flow of migrants, the FT’s Jude Webber tells one woman’s story. Visit for more on the story.

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Priest Killings Highlight Mexico Govt’s Credibility Problem

09/22/16 InSight Crime

cemetery-cross-in-graveyard-1398971336pwPLocal residents say the official account of how two priests were killed in Veracruz, Mexico is a “cover-up” for the truth about rampant organized crime in the gulf state, the latest illustration of the government’s striking lack of credibility with the Mexican people.

Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Jose Alfredo Juarez de la Cruz were kidnapped on the night of September 18, shortly after celebrating a 6:30 p.m. mass in the Veracruz city of Poza Rica. The priests’ bodies were found the next day riddled with bullets in a nearby area known as the “Devil’s Curve.”

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Mexico’s America Movil says proposes delisting from Nasdaq, Latibex

09/13/16 Reuters

TelmexMexican telecoms giant America Movil (AMXL.MX) said on Tuesday its board will propose to shareholders that it delist its shares from the Nasdaq and Latibex stock exchanges, without giving any further information.

In a regulatory statement, America Movil also said it would offer shareholders the choice to receive the second part of their ordinary dividend in cash or in shares.

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