Headlines from Mexico

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1. In a private meeting with incoming and outgoing governors of Southeast Mexico, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented the preliminary project for the construction of a 930-mile long train, which will transport both passengers and cargo and will connect Palenque and Cancún. The overall investment, including both the private and public sectors, will be of approximately 8,000 million dollars. The project seeks to create 20,000 permanent jobs and reduce migration from southern Mexico into the US.

Read more: El EconimistaEl FinancieroEl Universal

2. President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador and incoming Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, held two private meetings with representatives of the Russian Federation and the Holy See. The meeting with Ambassador Koronelli addressed the Mexico-Russia trade relationship, sought to find ways to increase the amount of Russian tourists in the Mayan Riviera, as well as a visa agreement. The meeting with Nuncio Coppola addressed Pope Francis role in the pacification process proposed by AMLO.

Read more: El EconomistaExcélsior, Reforma 

3. Students from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) marched from campus to the State Attorney General’s Office in Toluca. The students demanded improved public security and tougher sentences for perpetrators of feminicides, such as the recent case of the UAEM student Aurora Hernandez Jimenez, whose body was found earlier this month on the outskirts of the capital. Similar protests happened simultaneously in other cities of the country.

Read more: El Universal, La Jornada, Proceso

4. The INE, Mexico’s electoral authority, approved a resolution that ended PES’ status as a political party. The ultraconservative Partido Encuentro Social (PES) was a key electoral ally to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and played a central role in his victory last July. Nonetheless, the PES obtained only 2.78% of votes in the presidential election, 2.43% in the Senate election, and 2.51% of the House of Representatives election, missing the 3% required benchmark that a party needs to obtain in any federal election to keep its status as a political entity. The Nueva Alianza Party, a longtime ally of the PRI, also lost its status as a party.

Read more: El Economista, Forbes, El País México

5.The Trump Administration offered the Mexican government $20 million to accelerate the deportation of as many as 17,000 illegal immigrants in Mexico to their home countries  in order to obstruct their entry to the U.S. Mexico’s Interior Department says that the offer is being evaluated and that no agreement has been reached yet.

Read more: ExcélsiorMilenioProceso

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Headlines from Mexico

newspapers logo2-011. Settling at 2.74 percent in July this year, the annual inflation rate in Mexico reached its lowest level since the rate began to be recorded 1969 , according to figures released on Friday by INEGI .

Read more: Reforma, Excélsior.

2. Historical founders and leaders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution admit that the relief provided by their national leadership does not alleviate the internal crisis plaguing the Aztec sun, but the risk now is that the measure is “cosmetic,” putting different characters in charge , while maintaining the same currents that direct the PRD .

Read more: El Universal.

3. The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE ) assembly agreed on an “open dialogue” with the actors who have declared their adherence to the dissident teachers’ movement , including the president and founder of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) , Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Read more: Excélsior, El Universal. 

4. Given the different versions that have been filtered by the femicide of four women and photojournalist Ruben Espinosa Becerril, human rights organizations demanded that the General Procurduría of the Federal District ( PGJDF ) adjusts the minimum investigation standards in order to protect victims and further claimed that any leaking of information breaches the state’s obligation to ensure access to justice .

Read more: La Jornada.

5. Oscar Alvaro Montes de Oca, the young man who was arrested for alleged drug trafficking at the airport in Mexico City , was released Friday from the federal prison in Tepic , where he had been held since Sunday.

Read more: Reforma, La Jornada. 

 

 

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1. Within hours of validating plans to change land use laws , deputies of the Legislative Assembly increased the list of case requests. Unanimously, the deputies Carlos Hernandez Miron , Diego Martinez, Tonatiuh González , Edgar Alvarez and Salido Gabriela determined that of the total applications submitted by individuals , 14 are approved , 16 were returned to the Seduvi to be re- evaluated and 17 were rejected.

Read more: Reforma

2. Ruben Nunez, leader of Section 22 of the National Coordination of State Workers (CNTE ) stated he is not paid just for teaching, but also for engaging in politics, which has been made possible by the Ministry of Public Education (SEP ).The union leader ‘s statements came a day after the president of the organization ” Mexicanos Primero ” made a complaint with the PGR against Nuñez and the salary he receives as a teacher without actually appearing to teach. 

Read more: ExcelsiorLa Razón.

3. President Enrique Peña Nieto, along with the governor of the State of Mexico , Eruviel Avila, and the head of government in Mexico City , supervised the progress of the New International Airport of Mexico City and the Mexico -Toluca train. Peña instructed the employees ensure they comply with the schedule for both projects, to continue informing the public of progress through the available channels,  and to maintain an active policy of transparency in the execution of the work.

Read more: El Universal

4. Eight neighboring towns of Texcoco and Atenco asked the Supreme Court of Justice ( SCJ ) to exercise its power to decide whether or not to suspend the construction of the New International Airport of Mexico City . The First Chamber of the Court is hearing (177/2015) this week, so that the ministers may examine it and determine whether any of them are interested in pursuing the request made by the landowners.

Read more: Reforma, La Jornada

5. Panic is increasing within the Chinese stock market. Between suspending some companies from trading ( 1,300 companies) and the fall of those who have already surpassed the maximum trading limit that was permitted by the Exchange(10 % ), between 75 and 90 % of the market is in fact idle. There are many investors who want to sell yet can’t. Essentially, the market is broken. The various measures taken by the government to stop the bleeding have had no result .

Read more:  El Economista.

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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

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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

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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

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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