Former Mexican Governor Considers Suing The NY Times Over Article on Lavish Properties in U.S.

February 13, 2015

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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February 9, 2015

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.

Falling Oil Prices: Changing Implications for Global Producers

February 6, 2015

02/04/2015 Woodrow Wilson Center

As the price of oil continues to fall, the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, Canada Institute, Kennan Institute, Latin American Program, Middle East Program, Mexico Institute and its Regional and Global Energy Series convened an expert global panel, assembled from Russia, Colombia, Canada, Iran, and Nigeria, to discuss the economic and political repercussions of depressed energy prices, as well as the effects of the lower prices on competitiveness and investment.

Mexican President’s Office Denies He Gave Developer Favors

January 22, 2015

1/22/15 Bloomberg 

Enrique Pena NietoMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office and a construction company whose owner sold him a house in a resort town when he was a state governor in 2005 denied that the relationship resulted in special favors for the firm. Pena Nieto acquired the house in Ixtapan de la Sal legally and had reported it as part of his asset disclosure statement, according to a press release Wednesday. Pena Nieto isn’t involved in the awarding of public contracts, the president’s office said. Pena Nieto, 48, bought the weekend home in an exclusive golf club from Roberto San Roman weeks after taking office as governor of the State of Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing documents. A presidential spokesman told the paper it was bought at market prices for $372,000. A construction firm started by San Roman has since won $150 million of business from the state and federal government, including at least six no-bid contracts, the newspaper said.

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Border Opens to Mexican Trucks

January 16, 2015

1/12/2015 Vida Latina San Diego

TruckThe United States is preparing to open the border to Mexican long-haul truckers, allowing those who qualify for permits to make direct deliveries from Mexico to U.S. destinations — a measure stipulated more than two decades ago under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish a formal announcement this week inviting Mexican companies to apply.

Supporters in United States and Mexico are praising the move as an important step toward the economic integration of the two countries and Canada that was envisioned at NAFTA’s signing in 1994.

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Why the U.S.-Mexico Relationship Matters

January 6, 2015

1/6/2015 Politico

By Enrique Peña Nieto

Enrique Pena NietoThe United States and Mexico have enjoyed a unique and flourishing relationship over the past decades. I am delighted to start 2015 by visiting Washington, D.C., and embarking on new ways in which Mexico and the United States can strengthen our ties in order to make North America the most prosperous and competitive region in the world.

Our countries have an intense economic relationship that is spread over a myriad of areas. Since the beginning of my administration, I have worked with President Barack Obama to create bilateral mechanisms that harness the full potential of our relationship. We are already seeing concrete results from the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), the Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the 21st Century Border Action Plan of 2014.

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Obama Seeking Pena Nieto’s Help in Pressing for Opening of Cuba

January 6, 2015

1/6/2015 Bloomberg

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoPresident Barack Obama wants to enlist Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in pressuring Cuba to move toward democracy now that the U.S. is opening the relationship.

Cuba will be among the topics of discussion when Pena Nieto arrives Tuesday for his first White House meeting with Obama since taking office, along with Mexico’s security situation and U.S. immigration law, according to an administration official.

Obama is seeking to leverage Mexico’s longstanding ties to Cuba as the U.S. seeks to end more than a half-century of estrangement from the island nation 90 miles (145 kilometers) off the coast of Florida, according to the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to preview the talks.

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