Pelosi pushes to keep tech’s legal shield out of trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

pelosi

12/05/19 – CNBC

By Lauren Feiner

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing to keep a key legal shield for tech companies out of a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Thursday.

The effort could throw a wrench into progress Congress seemed to be making on the pact and would be a blow to tech companies who already fear losing the legal protection within the U.S. Just last week, Pelosi said House Democrats were “within range” of reaching a pact they can support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, which would replace NAFTA.

Read more…

U.S. State Department says it is working with Mexico on tools to fight drug cartel threat

us mex flag12/04/19 – Reuters

By Humeyra Pamuk

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it was working with Mexico’s government to identify the “appropriate tools” to help it tackle the threats that drug cartels pose, after President Donald Trump last week said he wanted to designate them as terrorist groups.

Trump’s announcement alarmed Mexico, which rejected it as “interventionism” and said it would respond in kind to such a move. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, for instance, that Mexico would not permit another operation like the U.S. government’s ill-fated “Fast and Furious” gun-running sting.

Read more…

Florida and Mexican Seaports Agree to Enhance Trade

sea trade

11/21/19 – The Maritime Executive

On behalf of Florida’s 15 seaports, the Florida Ports Council has entered into a Letter of Intent with the Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine of Mexico to maintain relations that promote international commerce and economic development.

Mexico is Florida’s second largest trading partner. In 2018, trade between Mexico and Florida reached $10.8 billion. According to the United States Department of Commerce, this was an 8.3 percent increase over 2017 in exports alone.

Read more…

U.S. House Speaker seeks to pass Mexico, Canada trade pact this year

pelosi

11/14/19 – Reuters

By Richard Cowan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said a breakthrough in talks with the Trump administration on the trade pact with Mexico and Canada could be imminent and that she wanted to pass the deal by the end of the year.

“We are moving positively in terms of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. Again, it all comes down to … enforcement,” she told reporters at a news conference “I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be, which is imminent, that this can be a template for future trade agreements.”

Read more…

Argentine, Mexican leaders meet on trade and cooperation

america map land brazil
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

10/04/19 – AP News

By Peter Orsi

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández met with his Mexican soon-to-be counterpart Monday seeking to boost bilateral and regional cooperation in his first foreign trip since winning election last month.

Fernández said topics of discussion with Andrés Manuel López Obrador in their private conversations at Mexico’s National Palace included improving what he described as a deteriorated commercial relationship and mutual concerns over political upheaval in countries like Chile and Ecuador. He said they barely touched on the political standoff in Venezuela because both men’s stances are well-known.

Read more…

London police detain jailed former Mexican governor’s wife; faces extradition trial

justice - gavel

10/29/19 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito

Police in London on Tuesday detained Karime Macias, the wife of a disgraced former Mexican state governor who is serving a 9-year jail sentence for money laundering and links to organized crime, a spokesman for Mexico’s attorney general’s office said.

Macias will now face an extradition trial in Britain, the spokesman said.

Read more…

Ethanol trade team from Mexico visits Nebraska to understand US ethanol industry

green grass field
Photo by Tonya Kumpula on Pexels.com

10/25/19 – High Plains Journal

Nebraska Corn Board

A delegation of 19 industry leaders from Mexico were in Nebraska recently to gain a better understanding of the U.S. ethanol sector. FroThe delegation toured all facets of Nebraska’s ethanol industry, from cornfield to fuel retailer.

 

On the first day of their trip, the group was provided with an overview of Nebraska’s agricultural and ethanol industries before they traveled to Giltner and visited Hunnicutt Farms. At the farm, the team learned about corn, seed corn, popcorn and soybean production. Through the discussions, the delegation was introduced to cutting-edge technologies in American agriculture and were able to better understand how some farmers utilize irrigation equipment.

Read more…

Mexico offers protection to six people at its embassy in Ecuador

abstract barbed wire black white black and white
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

10/14/19 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito

The Mexican embassy in Ecuador’s capital Quito has offered protection and shelter to six people, including legislators and their spouses, Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The embassy on Saturday offered protection and shelter to opposition legislator Gabriela Rivadeneira, a member of the party of former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, whose allies have been accused of stirring up unrest by President Lenin Moreno.

Read more…

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators

apps blur button close up
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

10/09/19 – The New York Times

By David McCabe and Ana Swanson

The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home.

The protections, which stem from a 1990s law, have already been tucked into the administration’s two biggest trade deals — the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a pact with Japan that President Trump signed on Monday. American negotiators have proposed including the language in other prospective deals, including with the European Union, Britain and members of the World Trade Organization.

Read more…

Guns from the United States are stoking a homicide epidemic in Mexico

Guns by Flickr user barjack

10/06/19 – LA Times

By Kate Linthicum

The sun had not yet risen when dozens of gunmen stormed into the town of Ocotito in southern Mexico and started shooting.

Salvador Alanis Trujillo tried to fight back, but his shotgun was no match for their assault rifles. So he and his family fled.

Read more…