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


Headlines from Mexico

March 6, 2015

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Felipe Calderón and Ernesto Zedillo, along with former presidents Oscar Arias from Costa Rica, Alejandro Toledo from Peru and Fernando Henrique Cardoso from Brazil all expressed their concerns on Venezuela’s deteriorating conditions in an open letter to Nicolás Maduro.

Read More: El Universal

Elections 2015: There are 9 candidates who will be seeking the gubernatorial seat in Guerrero. To learn more about the candidates please click here. Nationwide campaigns will run from March 6th through June 3rd.

Read More: El Universal

Elías Moreno Brizuela a long time member of the PRD has officially decided to leave the political party after accusing the party’s president Carlos Navarrete of betraying the principles upon which the PRD was founded. Vidal Lleneras has stated that he will also be leaving the PRD.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior

The opposition governor of Sonora is currently being investigated after he allegedly received funds from businessmen who were connected to companies that won state contracts.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada

President Peña Nieto’s nomination of Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora for a vacant seat on the Supreme Court has raised some criticism in the nation.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior

Senate Committee on Justice approved a new law proposal that would sentence up to 60 years of jail time for the theft of hydrocarbons.

Read More: El Universal

The leader of the Zetas Omar Treviño also known as El Z-42 was captured on Wednesday in Monterrey. This comes after last week’s capture of Servando Gómez La Tuta, leader of Los Caballeros Templarios.

Read More: Excelsior


Headlines from Mexico

February 27, 2015

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1. Jesús Murillo Karim is no longer the Attorney General for Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto will be nominating Arely Gómez for the position.

Read More: El Universal, Reforma

2. Mexican Congress has approved an anti-corruption law with 409 votes in favor and 24 votes against.

Read More: El Universal, El Sol de Mexico

3. The leader of the Knights Templar Cartel “La Tuta” was captured in Michoacán.

Read More: Reforma, El Universal

4. Mexico condemns the death of Ruben Garcia Villalpando, whom was shot by police in the United States on February 20th.

Read More: El Universal

5. Silvano Aureoles Conejo will be running for the gubernatorial position in Michoacán.

Read More: El Universal

6. The parents of the 43 students who disappeared from Guerrero are demanding for elections to not be held this year.

Read More: El Universal


Headlines from Mexico

February 20, 2015

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1. Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong spoke at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism stating the importance of creating a common front to fight and prevent violent extremism. A total of 60 countries participated in this summit hosted by the State Department.

Read More: El Universal

2. Cemex will invest $30 million to create a new unit called Cemex Energía that will be taking advantage of Mexico’s energy reforms. They expect to launch power projects within the next five years to meet the country’s electricity requirements. Cemex also signed a joint venture agreement with Pattern Energy Group Inc. to expand wind power projects.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada

3. Pemex has decided to no longer ship usable gasoline through its pipelines after illegal taps rose 70% from 2013 to 2014. According to the data presented, Pemex lost $1.15 billion in the first nine months of 2014.

Read More: El Universal

4. Manuel Medina Mora will be stepping down from his position with Citi, one year after the discovery of the loan scandal between Oceanografia and Citigroup’s local unit Banamex.

Read More: La Jornada

5. Federal authorities have discovered that kidnappers have used social media as a mechanism to set up dates and lure victims.

Read More: El Universal

6. 77 migrants were rescued in the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz after being transported in overcrowded and inhumane conditions by human traffickers.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada


Headlines from Mexico

February 13, 2015

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1. Experts from Chile, Guatemala, Colombia and Spain will travel to Mexico in March to help with the investigations taking place in Guerrero. Experts were appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Thursday, February 12th.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada

2. The Committee on Enforced Disappearances stated the 43 students missing from the Teachers Training School illustrate the challenges by the Mexican state to prevent, investigate and punish enforced disappearances.  The UN asked that the Mexican government find all those who have been subjected to enforced disappearances.

Read More: El Universal, La Jornada

3. A total of 32 people in the United States and Mexico are responsible for running a multi-state money laundering scheme ($100 million). The laundering activities took place throughout Illinois, California, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Texas and North Carolina.

Read More: El Universal

4. According to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Safety System crime rates in the state of Tamaulipas have returned to the levels registered during the Felipe Calderon administration. Murders increased by 30% and sex crimes increased by 10% from 2013 to 2014. Kidnapping has been increasing within the last 5 years.

Read More: El Universal

5. This upcoming February 19th will be the Mexican military’s 101st Anniversary. Many are encouraging a discussion and reflection on the current status of the military after such cases as Tlatlaya.

Read More: La Jornada


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