Headlines from Mexico

May 8, 2015

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1. The Mexican military has started to move into areas of Jalisco in search of El Mencho, leader of the New Generation Cartel. There is a heavy presence of soldiers and armed vehicles around the city of Autlán.

Read More: El Universal, Related Article, Reforma

2. The church is encouraging citizens to vote on June 7th. They argue that although Mexico is confronting legitimacy issues in regards to its institutions, it is crucial for citizens to be involved in the electoral process.

Read More: El Universal

3. Authorities from the federal and state police, as well as, the National Migration Institute have secured 18 migrants in the state of Chiapas, 12 whom were traveling from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Read More: El Universal

4. Mexico may become a mediator in the peace negotiations between the ELN (Ejercito de Liberación Nacional) and the Colombian government. This announcement comes as the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is visiting Mexico.

Read More: Reforma

5. During the 10th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Riviera Maya, Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that the country has been stigmatized. He argued that Mexico faces major security challenges due to geographical location but nonetheless, strides have been made in confronting organized crime.

Read More: El Universal

6. Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Miguel Osorio Chong participated in the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem. As Osorio Chong explained Mexico would like to promote further debate in search of a consensus to define a new drug policy that will have a comprehensive approach.

Read More: Reforma


Headlines from Mexico

May 1, 2015

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The Senate approved changes to Article 73 that allows the Congress to create legislation in regards to forced disappearances, torture and other cruel and inhumane treatment or punishment. The intention is to criminalize and punish such offenses through a standardized procedure.

Read More: Milenio

The Chamber of Deputies approved changes to Article 72 of the Constitution requiring cargo trucks, buses and private transportation vehicles to carry information regarding the physical state and gas emission levels of the vehicle. Those who do not carry this verification will be fined.

Read More: Excelsior

PEMEX reported its 10th consecutive quarterly loss with revenue falling to 279.5 billion pesos compared to the 407 billion pesos it registered for the same time period in the previous year.

Read More: El Universal

The Mexican Government has joined other civil society organizations in suing British Petroleum for the Deep Water Horizon oil spill that had serious environmental damages for the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatan.

Read More: Milenio, Related Article

Comedian and actress María Elena Velasco passed away this morning. She was widely known for her role of “La India Maria.”

Read More: Excelsior


Headlines from Mexico

April 24, 2015

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1. Mexico’s Congress passed an anti-corruption law that will give new powers to the Federal Audit Office and the Ministry of Public Administration. It will also create a special court to oversee corruption-related cases.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada

2. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is planning to spend US$550 million on a tire plant in Mexico. The plant will begin its operations in 2017 and they will primarily serve the domestic market. This announcement comes after Toyota, Ford and Volkwagon announced their expansion plans in Mexico.

Read More: El Universal

3. The Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) has recognized that poverty levels among Mexicans are similar to the poverty levels in 1992 (based on data from 2012);despite the establishment of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs during this period such as Oportunidades and Prospera.

Read More: La Jornada

4. The Ministry of Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong announced the appointment of Roberto Campa as the Undersecretary of Human Rights.

Read More: La Jornada, Excelsior, Milenio

5. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein has been invited to visit the country.

Read More: El Universal


Headlines from Mexico

April 3, 2015

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Paul Krugman stated at the 2015 National Convention of Industrialists that no one knows when the Mexican Miracle will happen. He believes that Mexico’s insecurity continues to hinder its economic growth.

Read More: El Universal

Los Zetas are increasingly using fast boats in Falcon Lake to transport narcotics through Texas. The Department of Public Safety in Texas has been able to seize more than 300 boats from criminal organizations since 2012.

Read More: El Universal

Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo who is the deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command stated that Hezbollah might have sympathizers in the Latin American region that may be involved in money laundering and trafficking of goods.

Read More: El Universal

According to the OECD Mexico is the country with the most bullying cases.

Read More: El Sol de Mexico

The Attorney General has created a new unit in an effort to create greater transparency and access to information for civil society.

Read More: El Sol de Mexico


Headlines from Mexico

March 27, 2015

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The presidents of the PRI, PAN and PRD agreed to publish the information and qualifications of each of their candidates. This information will be published by the INE in an effort to allow citizens to make an informed vote.

Read More: El Universal

The Commissioner General of the Federal Police, Enrique Galindo announced that a plan has been established with the Electoral National Institute (INE) to ensure that elections are carried out in Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Read More: Milenio

The Committee on Commerce in Iztapalapa blocked the roadways to call attention to the growing insecurity in the area that has affected their businesses.

Read More: El Universal

The filming of the James Bond movie prevented the family members of the 49 students to reach the Zócalo. In discussions with the government, it was agreed upon that the Zocalo would be one of the sites where a planned march would take place.

Read More: El Universal

Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama reaffirmed their commitment to address global climate change and continue developing new sources of renewable energy.

Read More: El Sol de México

One of the Beltran Leyva leaders known as “El Charly” was captured in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey by Mexican Marines.

Read More: Milenio


Headlines from Mexico

March 19, 2015

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1. Carmen Aristegui is consulting with her team of lawyers to put up a “good fight” after she was unfairly fired from the MVS Radio Network. As she states, “This is an outrage against the freedom of expression, and there is a series of irregularities and a fully denounced situation.”

Read More: El Universal

2. Mexican Senators have requested to open the Mexican Radio Institute (Imer) and the Congress Channel to the journalist Carmen Aristegui after she was fired from the MVS. This request includes an approval for Ms. Aristegui to join Mexico Leaks.

Read More: El Universal

3. After the law proposal that would sanction the theft of hydrocarbons was approved in the Senate, President Enrique Peña Nieto is now seeking support from Congress to the get law passed.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior

4. The new law on transparency was approved after two and half years and 14 changes to the draft of the law itself.

Read More: El Sol de México

5. Amnesty International is questioning Mexico for the fact that commanding officers in the Tlatlaya case were not held accountable for the execution of 22 people. Even after the fact that officials attempted to do a “cover-up” on the events that occurred on that day.

Read More: El Universal

6. Political violence has escalated since 2010 in Mexico City and the surrounding states. A total of 36 politicians have been killed which include mayors, councilors, aldermen, trustees and local congressional representatives and delegates. El Universal keeps a database that shows 80% of the attacks in the last decade have happened within the last five years.

Read More: El Universal

7. Sergio Espinoza Perez, otherwise known as “El Oso” was arrested on Wednesday. He is the leader of the Knights Templar Cell in Toluca. El Oso was charged for kidnapping, extortion and drug trafficking in the region.

Read More: El Universal


Headlines from Mexico

March 13, 2015

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1. A new law that sanctions the theft of hydrocarbons has finally been approved in the Mexican Senate. This is aimed to address a problem that has been growing since the year 2000 in which organized crime groups have illegally attained large amounts of gasoline from PEMEX.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior, El Sol de México, Informador

2. The Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina is making an official visit to Mexico. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Otto Pérez Molina will be discussing issues related to sustainable development, trade facilitation, energy cooperation and border infrastructure.

Read More: El Universal, Informador

3. Volkswagen has announced it will invest $1 billion in Mexico. The investment will be used to expand its plant in Puebla.

Read More: El Universal, Informador

4. Mexico is auctioning U.S. dollars in an effort to stabilize the rapidly devaluing peso. The auctions will last until June 8th.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior

5. Juan E. Mendez, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment stated that “torture is generalized in Mexico” meaning that detainees in federal centers said they had been beaten during their detention or had been forced to alter confessions.  A total of 57.2% claimed to have suffered this abuse.

Read More: El Universal

6. The percentage of women in Mexico’s Congress has increased within the last ten years. In the Congress it has increased from 24% to 37%; whereas, in the Senate the percentage of women has increased from 19% to 34%.

Read More: El Universal


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