Mexico offers $3.8M reward for ‘El Chapo’

07/15/15 USA Today

Mexico BricksThe Mexican government put a $3.8 million pricetag on his head, the Chicago Crime Commission once again dubbed him Public Enemy No. 1, and Donald Trump had a beef with him on Twitter.

Still, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman remained a free man Tuesday, three days after he disappeared from a Mexican prison shower, slipped through a mile-long tunnel and vanished into the night.

The director of Altiplano, the notorious yet apparently pregnable maximum security prison 50 miles outside of Mexico City, and two other prison employees have been fired. Mexico’s Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong provided few details, other than to say all “had something or a lot to do with what happened.”

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Mexico brings out the big bazooka

financeFinancial Times, 7/16/2013

It’s the big bazooka that many have been waiting for. With Mexico’s economy posting a lacklustre start to the year, economists have been counting on a pick-up in government spending to help pick up the slack. And open its wallet the government did. On Monday, President Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled a long-awaited 1.3tn peso ($102bn) investment plan to upgrade the country’s transportation and telecommunications infrastructures.

Including investments from the private sector, total infrastructure spending could hit 4tn pesos ($314.2bn) between now and 2018, said Peña Nieto. That would represent nearly a third of Mexico’s annual gross domestic product.

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U.S. resuming deportation flights to Mexico

IMG_4475Los Angeles Times, 7/11/2013

A federal program that flies deported immigrants back to Mexico resumes Thursday, with 133 Mexicans scheduled to board a plane from El Paso to Mexico City. The Mexican government will transport the deportees to their hometowns.

The repatriation flights, which began in October and ended after two months, are intended to give would-be immigrants a better chance of resettling, rather than becoming victims of violent crime in border towns or trying to illegally cross into the United States again.

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Mexico’s Age of Agreement

Héctor Aguilar Camín and Jorge G. Castañeda, Foreign Affairs, 11/2012


Mexico has long been hostage to unchallengeable traditions: its nationalist approach to oil wealth, overly sensitive attitude toward sovereignty, entrenched labor monopolies, persistent corruption, and self-serving bureaucracy. Acquired over time, these attitudes and practices became cemented in the national soul and embedded in the habits of the government and society, sapping the country’s potential.

The good news is that all of this is rapidly changing, as Mexico leaves behind its hefty psychological baggage. Yes, the last 15 years, a time of too little economic growth and too few reforms, have been frustrating, especially for those who expected the transition to democracy to solve everything. But these years have unveiled a new national consensus: a broad agreement on values that, despite seeming normal for any other modern democracy, did not figure clearly in the Mexican public consciousness until very recently.

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Issue Brief: Mexico’s Fight Against Organized Crime

Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates on behalf of the Enrique Peña Nieto Transition, 11/21/2012

Enrique Peña Nieto

On December 1, 2012 Enrique Peña Nieto will be sworn-in as Mexico’s next president. This is the third in a series of issue briefs covering some of his policy priorities. Each brief will outline the president-elect’s vision for Mexico and proposed policies.


Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto supports the decision made by President Felipe Calderón to confront the threat of organized crime head-on. As Peña Nieto has stated “the law is not negotiable, it is to be applied.” The president-elect believes that enforcing the law is not an option, but rather an obligation of the Mexican State and its authorities.

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Mexico slams “imposition” of consensus rule on U.N. arms treaty negotiations

Fox News Latino, 7/28/2012

The Mexican government criticized Saturday the inconclusive results of the U.N. diplomatic conference seeking to pass an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and deplored “the imposition of the consensus rule” as a condition for reaching an agreement.

“The government of Mexico decries the U.N. diplomatic conference postponing the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty,” the foreign ministry said in a communique.

Mexico lawmakers push to raise 2012 budget deficit

Reuters, 10/20/11

Mexico may post a higher fiscal deficit in 2012 than originally proposed after the finance committee of the country’s lower house voted to change key budget forecasts.

The committee voted late on Wednesday to allow the 2012 budget deficit to reach 0.4 percent of gross domestic product, from the government’s proposal of 0.2 percent of GDP, excluding investment by state oil monopoly Pemex. Last year’s deficit cap was 0.5 percent.

Lawmakers also backed a lower growth forecast and changed the expected currency exchange rate in 2012 to 12.80 pesos per dollar, from 12.20 per dollar in the proposal from President Felipe Calderon’s government.

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