Mexico’s president says he won’t accept vigilantes

07/20/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Tuesday he will not accept vigilantes arming themselves, and suggested they are serving local political bosses or gangs.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was responding to a drill held over the weekend by about 100 vigilantes in the southern state of Chiapas. The group, which calls itself “The Machete,” said it was formed to evict drug traffickers from Indigenous communities.

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In Mexico, Veracruz becomes fourth state to allow abortion

07/21/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s southeastern state of Veracruz will become the fourth state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to clear away criminal penalties for elective abortion after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to decriminalize the procedure.

The initiative to allow abortions by choice passed in a 25-13 vote with one abstention, Veracruz’s Congress said in a statement.

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Mexico’s agrifood exports highest in 29 years between January and May

07/20/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The value of Mexico’s agrifood exports in the first five months of the year was the highest in 29 years, the Agriculture Ministry said. Agrifood products destined for foreign shores brought in US $18.7 billion from January through May, and imports were just under $14.5 billion for a surplus of $4.23 billion, the fourth highest in 27 years.

Of the $33.2 billion agrifood trade with foreign countries, 56.4% was money entering the economy: more than earnings from petroleum exports or foreign tourism.

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Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, León top list of 50 most violent municipalities so far this year

07/20/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Tijuana was the most violent municipality in Mexico in the first five months of 2021 in terms of sheer homicide numbers, federal data shows.

Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda presented a graph at President López Obrador’s news conference on Monday that showed the 50 most violent municipalities between January and May this year.

Tijuana, Baja California, ranked first with 749 homicides for an average of 150 per month or five per day. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, was second with 515 homicides between January and May followed by León, Guanajuato, 295; Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón), Sonora, 225; and Acapulco, Guerrero, 197.

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Fifty people linked to Mexico’s president among potential targets of NSO clients

07/20/2021

Source: The Guardian

At least 50 people linked to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – including his wife, children, aides and doctor – were included in a leaked list of numbers selected by government clients of the Israeli spyware company NSO Group before his election.

Politicians from every party, as well as journalists, lawyers, activists, prosecutors, diplomats, teachers, judges, doctors and academics, were also among more than 15,000 individuals selected as possible targets for surveillance between 2016 and 2017, according to an investigation by a collaboration of international media outlets including the Guardian.

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Vigilantes drill in southern Mexico with rifles, machetes

07/20/21

Source: AP

Another shadowy group of armed residents emerged in Mexico over the weekend, when a hundred or so vigilantes armed with rifles, shotguns and machetes staged a public drill in the southern state of Chiapas.

The group in the township of Pantelho was introduced over a loudspeaker as “The Machete,” and it claims to be fighting the incursion of drug cartels in the largely Indigenous mountain communities of Chiapas. Some of the drill was conducted in a Maya-family language.

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Traveling to México by car this summer? You need a permit for that, but the website may not work

07/19/2021

Source: AZ Central

Are you planning to travel by car this summer to México? You’ll need to process your permit for the temporary importation of a foreign vehicle if you plan on driving farther than the designated free zone — 12 to 16 miles from the U.S.-México border.

In México, there is a free zone that extends through the states of Baja California Norte and Sur, where motorists can travel without a permit.

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Catastrophic medical supply shortages in Mexico

09/17/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

Child cancer patients and HIV-positive Mexicans have increasingly had to put life-saving treatments on hold as public hospitals run out of the medications they need.

The big picture: Activists say around 1,600 children with cancer have died from the lack of oncological meds.

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Mexico’s coronavirus death toll rises to 236,240 as cases surge

07/17/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 12,631 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country and 225 more fatalities, bringing the total to 2,654,699 infections and 236,240 deaths.

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Revealed: murdered journalist’s number selected by Mexican NSO client

07/18/2021

Source: The Guardian

On 2 March 2017, Cecilio Pineda Birto made a broadcast about alleged corruption. Hours later he was dead

The hitmen came for Cecilio Pineda Birto as he swung in a hammock at a carwash, waiting for his pickup to be cleaned.

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