Getting away with murder in Mexico

11/2/16 Al Jazeera

gun - crime sceneEvery November 2, Mexicans mark the Day of the Dead by honouring deceased loved ones.

Given the disproportionate number of deaths produced by Mexico’s US-backed drug war, officially launched in 2006, it is starting to seem like an ever-more tragically appropriate tradition.

In a recent investigative piece for The Nation, Dawn Paley details the “spectacular violence” that has accompanied the drug war project.

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The Mexico Institute Seeks Spring 2017 Interns

MexicoInstitute_miThe Mexico Institute seeks spring 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: 
Spring Semester: November 15

Outreach and Communications Intern

Opening Date: Spring 2016

Deadline: November 15, 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: Spring 2016

Deadline: November 15, 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 ourwebsite.

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: Spring 2016

Deadline: November 15, 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.

Rising Violence in Juárez, Mexico May Signal Return of Cartel War

10/31/16 InSight Crime

map_ciudad_juarez11Violence in Ciudad Juárez is on the rise. This year is on track to be the deadliest since 2012, signaling the possible renewal of warfare between the region’s dominant criminal groups.

Seven people were killed and one injured in an October 27 attack at a motel in the city of Chihuahua, a few hours south of Ciudad Juárez on the highway that links the two cities.

According to eyewitnesses, four men entered the motel at around 5:45 pm wielding heavy caliber weapons, and opened fire on the victims. Afterward, the assailants fled north, stopping to change vehicles, according to El Diario.

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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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