Why it matters that Mexico’s president is a plagiarist

08/26/16 Houston Chronicle

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coverageA report by one of Mexico’s top investigative journalists finds that President Enrique Peña Nieto plagiarized nearly a third of his undergraduate law thesis, including pilfering large tracts from one of his predecessors.

The report, released by Carmen Aristegui on her website Sunday night, claims Peña lifted at least 197 paragraphs from writers and historians, and failed to give attribution. Peña’s office said the lack of citation was simply “style errors” and that the president had fulfilled the requirements to graduate from Mexico’s Panamerican University in 1991.

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Mexico Malaise Threatens to Tarnish Pena Nieto’s Ratings Legacy

08/26/16 Bloomberg

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coverageMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s track record of winning ratings upgrades is in serious jeopardy.

On Tuesday, S&P Global Ratings revised the country’s outlook to negative and said there’s at least a one-in-three chance of a downgrade in the next two years if Mexico’s debt increases more than forecast. It marked the second time in the past five months that a major ratings company lowered the nation’s outlook. The trend has been mirrored in the swaps market, where Mexico is seen as less creditworthy than peer Peru, as well as lower-rated Panama.

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Did Mexico’s President Plagiarize His Law School Thesis?

08/23/16 The Atlantic

A US cable claimed Televisa gave the Mexico State governor Enrique Peña Nieto wide coverageIn 1991, Enrique Peña Nieto was not yet the president of Mexico. He was a student with a 200-page undergraduate law thesis to turn in—one he is now accused of plagiarizing.

One of Mexico’s top investigative journalists, Carmen Aristegui, published an article Sunday that says Peña Nieto lifted nearly one-third of his thesis. A group of academics reviewed all 682 paragraphs of the piece, titled “Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon,” and found Peña Nieto plagiarized 197 paragraphs from 10 authors, and incorrectly cited them in 57 more.

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Mexico president Enrique Peña Nieto plagiarized thesis for law degree: report

08/22/16 The Guardian

PenaNieto.jpgPresident Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico heavily plagiarized the thesis for his law degree, according to an investigation by a local news outlet.

Aristegui Noticias on Sunday published an online report based on an analysis of the embattled president’s thesis by a group of academics, which it said was then corroborated by the news outlet.

It said 29% of the thesis was material lifted from other works, including 20 paragraphs copied word-for-word from a book written by former president Miguel de la Madrid without citation or mention in the bibliography.

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Report Accuses Mexico’s President of Plagiarism in Law School Thesis

08/22/16 The New York Times

Enrique Pena NietoAlready reeling from corruption scandals and a declining security situation, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico was accused on Sunday of plagiarizing nearly a third of his law school thesis, according to a report by an investigative journalist.

The journalist, Carmen Aristegui, has reported on several articles that have contributed to the president’s declining public approval ratings, including the disclosure in 2014 of his wife’s questionable real estate dealings with major government contractors.

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Drug-Kingpin Takedowns Spur Turf Wars as Murders Surge in Mexico

08/17/16 Bloomberg

crime and drugsThree years after Mexicans elected President Enrique Pena Nieto on a pledge of putting an end to the murder and violence gripping the nation, killings have returned to the dark days of his predecessor’s administration.

Homicides rose 15 percent to 9,400 in the first half from a year earlier, the government said in July, reaching levels of former President Felipe Calderon’s term. But drug-related killings have soared even more according to one tally: Milenio newspaper, which has tracked organized-crime deaths since 2006, reports a 33 percent surge through July.

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Mexico’s presidential family is involved in more controversial property dealings — and his approval rating has plummeted

08/13/16 Business Insider 

8758527158_0c95c2795c_o.jpgMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s family has again come under scrutiny for its property dealings, this time for the first lady’s use of a luxury property in Florida owned by a company reportedly vying for government contracts in Mexico.

According to a report by The Guardian, Angelica Rivera, the president’s wife, has been using two units in Ocean Tower One, a gated community in Key Biscayne.

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