Editorial: Ideas for strengthening U.S.-Mexico bonds

Scripps Howard News Service, 07/11/2012

Mexico has not been an issue in the U.S. election, but the underlying connections that join the two countries run far deeper than politics: geography, economics, culture and family. Mexico is the second-largest export market for the United States; the United States is Mexico’s largest market. Every day, the two countries trade more than a $1 billion in goods.

Inspired by the timing of political change, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, a conference organizer in Southern California, and the Woodrow Wilson Center think tank in Washington, D.C., brought together experts from both countries to propose solutions beyond the usual fights over drug-trafficking and illegal immigration.

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Return to Mexican past is bad for U.S.

Chicago Sun Times, 6/27/12

On Sunday, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect a new president and Congress. The election is critical to Mexico’s future, but important as well to the United States. Thousands of jobs in Illinois and across the country, for one, depend on political stability and economic well-being in Mexico…

Mexico is the second-largest destination for U.S. exports and the third-largest source of U.S. imports. According to a study by the Woodrow Wilson international Center for Scholars, 6 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico. The study estimates that one in every 24 American workers depends on U.S.-Mexico trade for their employment.

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Mexicans Back Military Campaign Against Cartels

Pew Research Center, 6/20/12

Photo by Flickr user Thraxil

As Felipe Calderón’s term as Mexico’s president draws to a close, Mexicans continue to strongly back his policy of deploying the military to combat the country’s powerful drug cartels. Eight-in-ten say this is the right course, a level of support that has remained remarkably constant since the Pew Global Attitudes Project first asked the question in 2009…

Supporters of both the PAN (88%) and the PRI (84%) strongly endorse Calderón’s use of the military. Backers of the PRD are more skeptical, yet 66% still approve of the approach.

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Mexico election: Economy matters as much as security

Duncan Wood, BBC News, 6/11/12

As Mexico’s presidential race enters its home stretch towards the vote on 1 July, the issue of drug-related violence has not, as widely expected, dominated the campaign…

But just as importantly, this election reflects the Mexican electorate’s judgement on 12 years of economic management by the current ruling party, the National Action Party (PAN)…

On 1 July, it seems increasingly likely that Mexicans will vote to reject the party that has failed to improve their lives in a meaningful way.

Instead they seem set to choose a president who pledges to deliver a better standard of living and a better functioning economy.

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Computer files link TV dirty tricks to favourite for Mexico presidency

The Guardian, 6/7/12

Mexico‘s biggest television network sold prominent politicians favourable coverage in its flagship news and entertainment shows and used the same programmes to smear a popular leftwing leader, documents seen by the Guardian appear to show.

While it has not been possible to confirm the authenticity of the documents – which were passed to the Guardian by a source who worked with Televisa – extensive cross checks have shown that the names, dates and situations mentioned largely line up with events.

There is also evidence that actions suggested in the proposals did take place. The allegations come at a crucial time for Peña Nieto, the candidate of the ideologically nebulous Institutional Revolutionary party: recent opinion polls show his substantial lead beginning to erode as Televisa’s role as political kingmaker has become a central issue of the campaign.

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