Armed groups swarm through city in southern Mexico


Source: Abc News

Dozens of heavily armed men swarmed through the Mexican colonial-era city of San Cristobal de las Casas, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday that one person was killed in confrontations between two gangs.

López Obrador said the confrontation involved “two groups that are fighting for control of a market” in San Cristobal. The dispute apparently involved the control of contraband sold in the market.

It was unclear if either of the groups were drug gangs. López Obrador claimed that 75% of homicides in Mexico “are related to confrontations between gangs.”


EXCLUSIVE U.S. anti-drugs agency pulls plane from Mexico in fresh cooperation blow

MEXICO CITY, May 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has stopped stationing a plane in Mexico for anti-narcotics operations for the first time in decades after Mexican officials rescinded its parking spot, three sources said.

Date: May 11th, 2022

Source: Reuters

The withdrawal of the aircraft is a new hit to joint cooperation against drug crime which has frayed in recent years under Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The DEA has had its own aircraft based at Toluca near Mexico City since at least the early 1990s to conduct missions against cartels, ferrying U.S. agents and elite Mexican units to supervise time-sensitive raids across the Latin American nation.

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Mexico president says will hire 500 Cuban doctors to work in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, May 9 (Reuters) – Mexico will hire 500 Cuban doctors to work in the country to help make up for a shortage of medical professionals, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference on Monday.

Date: May 9th, 2022

Source: Reuters

Lopez Obrador visited Cuba over the weekend as part of a regional tour of Central America and the Caribbean.

Cuban doctors were also hired to work in Mexico earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, which sparked criticism from members of Mexico’s opposition.

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Target of AMLO’s wrath has reduced investment by US $200 million

The Spanish energy company’s investment in Mexico has dropped sharply in recent years

Date: April 29th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

Spanish energy company Iberdrola’s investment in Mexico fell to just US $16.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, a 93% decline compared to five years ago and a 60% drop in the space of a year.

The company – which President López Obrador holds up as an example of what he calls unscrupulous foreign firms that have “looted” the country – has cut its investment in the first quarter of every year since the president, a staunch energy nationalist, took office.

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Mexico’s Democracy on Trial

On Tuesday the independence of the Supreme Court faces its biggest test.

Date: April 3rd, 2022

Source: Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

Billions of dollars of foreign and domestic energy investments in Mexico are at stake Tuesday, when the country’s Supreme Court issues its ruling on the constitutionality of a 2021 electricity law that stifles competition. Yet the significance of the decision will go well beyond pesos and centavos. 

Through its ruling, the high court will signal whether it is still independent or if it has become a tool of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. If it’s the latter, Mexico’s democracy will be swinging by a thread, if it survives at all.

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AMLO crafts foreign policy with view to winning votes: ex-ambassador

The president’s ‘insulting’ response was ‘a grave mistake,’ the diplomat said

Date: March 14th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government’s response to the European Parliament (EP) after it passed a resolution that condemned the harassment and killing of journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico has been described by a veteran politician and former ambassador to the European Union (EU) as a “comedy of errors.”

In a statement penned by President López Obrador and other officials, the federal government accused European lawmakers of “corruption, lies and hypocrisy” and described them as misinformed sheep.

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Statue of Mexico president in opposition stronghold toppled after two days


Source: Reuters

A statue of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that had been erected in an important opposition stronghold lasted just two days, the state prosecutor said, after photographs of the apparent vandalism were shared on social media.

The statue had been unveiled on Thursday by outgoing Mayor Roberto Tellez Monroy in the municipality of Atlacomulco in the central State of Mexico, the hometown of Lopez Obrador’s predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto.


Mexico’s President Defends News Anchor After Cartel Threat


Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Known for his incessant criticism of the press, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico on Tuesday came out in support of a TV news anchor who was apparently threatened by the leader of a powerful drug cartel.

Mr. López Obrador’s unusual defense of a journalist came after a video circulated widely on social media in which a man claiming to be the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel threatened to kill the anchor, Azucena Uresti of Milenio TV, because of her critical coverage.


Mexico’s Lopez Obrador, Harris discuss migration, boosting Central American economies


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on Monday about migration, the battle against COVID-19, and the need to strengthen Central American economies, the White House said in a statement.

In a brief statement on Twitter, Lopez Obrador said the conversation, which started around 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), had been good and that he would provide more details on Tuesday.


‘Shameful’: Mexican president decries alleged NSO spying


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday called “shameful” the alleged government-ordered spying several years ago that may have targeted him and his close allies and added that his government did not spy on anyone.

British newspaper The Guardian reported on Monday that at least 50 people close to Lopez Obrador, among many others, were potentially targeted by the previous administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto after it purchased Pegasus spying software from Israel-based NSO Group.