Baker Institute paper: Mexico’s efforts to secure southern border falling short

08/11/2016 Rice University

children-northern-mexico-credit-kelly-donlan2_0Mexico launched the Comprehensive Plan for the Southern Border (CPSB) in 2014 in an attempt to manage increased migration flows from Central America. But two years after the plan’s implementation, it has yet to accomplish its goals of securing Mexico’s southern border, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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Headlines from Mexico

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1. At least 45 people have died in eastern Mexico following flash floods and landslides that saw homes swept away after heavy rain. The region was hit by Hurricane Earl, a category 1 storm that had earlier pummeled Belize. Most of those who died were in Puebla State with the remainder in the neighbouring state of Veracruz, officials said.

Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, Animal Político, Aristegui Noticias

2. The first lady, Angelica Rivera, has come once again under scrutiny over property deals. According to The Guardian, Rivera has been using a luxury Key Biscayne condo owned by Grupo Pierdant, a government contractor expected to bid on a massive port project in Mexico.

Read more: Animal Político, Proceso, El Economista, La Jornada, Reforma

3.Business leaders are demanding the use of force to clear highway blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas by the CNTE. One of Mexico’s leading business organizations, Coparmex, is seeking court orders forcing authorities to act to end the blockades, which have also hampered the movement of freight by rail to and from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán. Furthermore, among other strategies, business groups from Oaxaca have announced to hold demonstrations in Mexico City in protest for their economic losses.

Read more: Excelsior, CNN Expansión, Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal

4. The Office of the General Prosecutor (PGR) confirmed that there were armed civilians in the confrontation between police and National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) protesters in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, on June 19, were eight people died. Two months after this episode, the PGR has not been able to get access to the scene were the conflict took place in order to continue with the case investigations.

Read more: Milenio, El Economista, Animal Político, Reforma



Congressman Lowenthal Calls On State Dept. To Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico

8/10/2016 Press Release U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)

Mexican Flag XXLCongressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today, along with 68 of his House colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging the State Department to put strengthening the rule of law and defense of human rights at the top of the U.S. bilateral agenda with Mexico.

The letter expresses concern over the 27,000 unresolved cases of people who have disappeared in Mexico since 2007, and the slow pace of reform in the Mexican military, law enforcement, and justice sectors.

Also highlighted in the letter are the disturbing revelations in a recent Amnesty International report which found that the use of torture in criminal investigations by Mexican authorities is persistent.

“We encourage you to raise with Mexican authorities the importance of respecting human rights, completing competent investigations, and bringing to justice those who violate human rights,” Congressman Lowenthal wrote in the letter.

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In Mexico, it’s avocado farms vs. the forest

08/10/2016 CBS

avocadoMEXICO CITY – Americans’ love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico’s pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand.

Avocado trees flourish at about the same altitude and climate as the pine and fir forests in the mountains of Michoacan, the state that produces most of Mexico’s avocados. That has led farmers to wage a cat-and-mouse campaign to avoid authorities, thinning out the forests, planting young avocado trees under the forest canopy, and then gradually cutting

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Ex-Hurricane Earl death toll surpasses 45 as floods and landslides hit eastern Mexico

08/09/2016 Independent

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At least 45 people have died in eastern Mexico following flash floods and landslides that saw homes swept away after rain that residents said was heavier than any they’d seen in their lives.

As rescue efforts continued on Tuesday in several mountain communities, officials warned the death toll from the weekend storms could yet go higher.

Most of those who died were in Puebla State with the remainder in the neighbouring state of Veracruz, officials said. The region was slammed at the weekend by the remnants of what had been Hurricane Earl, a category 1 storm that had earlier pummeled Belize.

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Understanding Migratory Birds to Advance Competitiveness in the North American Region

WHEN: Tuesday, August 16, 1:30pm-2:45pm

WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Wilson Center

16531186700_24d71a48a3_oPlease join us to celebrate the Centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty by attending a discussion panel: “Understanding Migratory Birds to Advance Competitiveness in the North American Region.”

The “State of North America’s Birds” is a report developed under a NAFTA collaborative framework that provides key findings for governments, private industry, and the public to come together to support migratory birds and their habitats for a sustainable future. This unprecedented, continent-wide analysis demonstrates the power of people to understand the value of nature and to make conservation happen for an enduring prosperity.


Charles Francis, Manager of Bird Population Monitoring at the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS)

Deborah Hahn, International Relations Director at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Humberto Berlanga, Director for the North American Birds Conservation Initiative for Mexico-CONABIO

David Mehlman, Migratory Bird Program Director at The Nature Conservancy

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Demand drives $3bn Mexico bond deal at record rate

08/09/16 Financial Times 

pesomexicanoMexico sold nearly $3bn of debt on Monday at record low rates, as emerging market portfolio managers seek to put billions of dollars that have flowed into the asset class to work.

Orders for the two-part US dollar bond deal surpassed $9bn as Mexico readied to refinance debts coming due early next year with lower cost paper, according to four people familiar with sale

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