Headlines from Mexico

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1. On Saturday, October 29, Mexico City hosted its first ever Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade. The celebration dates back to Aztec and pre-Columbian times. It’s a celebration of life and teaches people not to be afraid of death. The festival’s also an opportunity to honor the dead.  The idea for the parade was born out of the imagination of a scriptwriter for the James Bond movie Spectre ; more than 250,000 people attended the parade.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, La Jornada, Animal Político

2. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu asserted, this Thursday at the Mexican Senate, that she was aware of the decision to invite the Republican candidate Donald Trump to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto in Los Pinos. Ruiz Massieu responded that she believed that the dialogue with the Republican candidate was necessary given his derogatory comments and limited knowledge of Mexico. The majority of the Senate vocally criticized this decision and question Ruiz Massieu’s role that was previously unclear. The Senators also asked the Secretary what was the strategy if Trump won the elections on Tuesday to which she replied that the Mexican government will engage with the President elect the night of election no matter the result.

Read more: Expansión, Proceso, El Universal, Milenio, Aristegui Noticias

3. The volatility of the peso in response to the U.S. elections has cause dthe peso to fall to an all-time price of $19.50 this Tuesday as Trump’s poll numbers increased. This a 1.8% from the price at which it had closed the day before. The Mexican Stock Exchange also suffered a shock with a fall of 1.47%. On Thursday, Carstens, the Central Bank Governor, announced that the Bank of Mexico has already come up with a contingency plan that has been discussed with Meade, the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, in the event that Donald Trump given that the peso could fall by almost 10% in a matter of weeks if he wins.

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4. This week, the leader of the National Action Party, Ricardo Anaya came under strong criticism about his personal finances. It was published that Anaya’s family lives in Atlanta, Georgia and that yearly expenses to cover the standard of living of his family and the constant travelling the party leader takes to visit them, amounts to up to 4.5 million pesos.  Anaya responded to criticism affirming that his family is his priority and that having them in the U.S. is a temporary investing that prioritizes the future of his children. He also announced that all these expenses had been publicly declared through the 3 de 3 declaration and denied that any of these expenses come from party funds or that his role as party leader is compromised by the constant travelling.  Party leaders  have still been critical, the president of the PRI, claims that the rent that Anaya receives from the property he owns is not in his declaration and Alejandra Barrales, President of PRD, reiterated that Anaya needs to justify where the funds come from.

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What Hillary Clinton Told Us About Mexico And The Political Power Of Young Latinos

09/22/16 The Huffington Post 

Hillary Clinton StateMexico has featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election, often as a catalyst for hostility and anti-trade sentiment among GOP voters. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump launched his unlikely candidacy on the central promise of building a wall (financed by Mexico) between the United States and its southern neighbor. The real estate mogul turned presidential candidate has repeatedly and falsely accused Mexico of sending criminals, rapists and drug dealers into the U.S. Trump’s rocky relationship with Mexico reached its nadir in late August after a surprise meeting with current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto resulted in protests and a Twitter feud over who would pay for the wall.

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Clinton says she won’t be visiting Mexico anytime soon

09/06/16 New York Post

Hillary ClintonWASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton said she won’t follow Donald Trump to Mexico, as she blamed her GOP presidential rival for creating a “diplomatic incident” with the US ally.

Asked if she’d also accept the invitation from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto before the election, Clinton told ABC: “No.”

“I’m going to continue to focus on what we’re doing to create jobs here at home, what we’re doing to make sure Americans have the best possible opportunities in the future,” Clinton said in an interview airing Tuesday.

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Clinton on Mexico paying for Trump’s wall: Not gonna happen

4/19/16 Politico

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton doesn’t think the Mexican government will pay to build Donald Trump’s proposed wall between Mexico and the United States.

Speaking to a conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions as voters headed to the polls in New York on Tuesday, Clinton said her plans are realistic — and Trump’s are not.

“I’m the only candidate on either side of this race with a comprehensive plan to build a 21st century energy system. It’s a real plan with real dollars attached to it,” the former secretary of state said. “It is not building a wall that you are going to get the Mexican government to pay for. Which, you know, somehow I don’t think will ever happen.”

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Clinton: ‘I think we have done a really good job securing the border’

3/18/16 CNN 

Hillary Clinton(CNN)Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she feels the United States has “done a really good job securing the border.”

Clinton, while fundraising in Tennessee and Georgia,called into a Phoenix radio show to discuss the state of the Democratic nomination fight and a number of issues that matter in Arizona, the next major state to vote.

“I think we’ve done a really good job securing the border,” Clinton said. “I think that those who say we haven’t are not paying attention to what was done the last 15 years under President Bush and President Obama.”

The comment widely contrasts with what Republicans have long said about the border.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall along the United States’ southern border and has knocked Obama and others for their handling of securing the border with Mexico.

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Hillary Clinton Confronts Silicon Valley On Income Disparity, Immigration Reform

Hillary ClintonThe Huffington Post, 4/8/14

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pressing Silicon Valley technology leaders to take a stand on income inequality and immigration reform, calling on companies to invest in training programs and look at public and private solutions to the area’s growing wealth gap.

Clinton, on a swing of West Coast speaking engagements, spoke Tuesday at theMarketing Nation Summit, an annual conference hosted in downtown San Francisco by Marketo, a company that develops cloud-based marketing software.

Following a keynote address that covered topics that included the Ukraine crisis and the power of social media, Clinton sat down for a question and answer session with Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez. Fernandez, who lives in Palo Alto, noted the growing gap in his town: Newly-minted tech billionaires are thriving, while middle-class and working-class families are getting pushed out by skyrocketing housing prices and the elevated cost of living.

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U.S. Shifts Mexico Drug Fight

The Wall Street Journal, 9/17/12

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets her Mexican counterparts at a security summit in Washington Tuesday to discuss the next phase in the drug war: how to train the judges and prosecutors that will be trying suspected drug lords.

The Merida Initiative, the U.S.’s $1.9 billion assistance program to Mexico, began mostly as a means to buy military hardware like Black Hawk helicopters for Mexico. But over the past two years, it has entered a new phase, in which purchases for the Mexican military are taking a back seat to measures to mend the branches of Mexico’s civilian government…

Despite the collaboration, one reality can’t be avoided when the leaders meet Tuesday: Mexico still has a long way to go in this second phase of the drug war.

Eric L. Olson, a Mexico expert at Washington think-tank the Wilson Center went to an oral trial in Morelos, one of the first adopters of the new system, and says the hearings reached an awkward moment where a judge was scolding the attorneys for wanting to read from sheets rather than argue properly.

Mr. Olson says the proceedings were a step in the right direction, even if there are missteps. Still, he says: “Both sides have always had difficulty defining what the criteria for success are,” he says. “That has not happened yet.”

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