Mexico, US, Canada Groups Ask UN to List Monarch Butterfly Reserve as in Danger

April 15, 2015

Fox News, 4/14/2015

Activists from Mexico, the United States and Canada are asking the U.N. World Heritage Committee to include the Monarch butterfly wintering reserve on a list of sites considered in danger.

UNESCO designated the 139,000-acre (56,259 hectare) reserve in the mountains west of Mexico City a World Heritage site in 2008.

Monarchs from the U.S. and Canada migrate 3,400-miles (5,470-kilometers) each year to winter in the forest reserve.

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In Mexico, Firing of Carmen Aristegui Highlights Rising Pressures on News Media

March 31, 2015

By Elisabeth Malkin, The New York Times, 3/27/2015

newspapers thumbnailMEXICO CITY — When Carmen Aristegui, Mexico’s most famous radio personality, was abruptly fired this month, nobody expected her to go quietly. But anger over her dismissal has been rising steadily, and it has turned up the heat in this country’s charged political atmosphere.

Conspiracy theories have abounded since a dispute between Ms. Aristegui and her employer, MVS Communications, ended in her departure. She has become an emblem of press freedom under siege, and social media has lighted up with demands for her return to the airwaves.

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The Fight for Mexico City’s Future

March 3, 2015

David Adler, 2/2/2015

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)MEXICO CITY — Around the corner from two taco stands and a small cantina, in an otherwise nondescript section of Mexico City’s Doctores neighborhood, there is an unmarked storefront known as the “Prepa Popular Tacuba.” On its outside, two large stencils frame the doorway. One depicts the Virgin of Guadalupe, melancholy, clinging to an AK-47. The other is of Emiliano Zapata, leader of Mexico’s biggest peasant revolution, scowling, looking outward. A poster below him carries the faces of Mexico’s missing 43 students.

Inside, in a large, dimly lit classroom, several leaders of Mexico City’s Urban Popular Movement convene for their weekly meeting. On the whiteboard, someone writes the details of an upcoming march in red marker. Others pass around copies of “Norma 26,” a law that regulates the construction of low-income housing in Mexico City. The rest of the members of the movement — a collection of local community organizations fighting for housing rights — sip instant coffee, eat biscuits and deliberate. “We must defend the city,” one leader said. “This is a matter of our right to the city, and we must defend it.”

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Exhibit Recreates Massacre of Chinese Immigrants in Mexico

February 3, 2015

By Fox News Latino, 2/2/2015

Many Mexicans have never heard of the May 1911 massacre of 303 Chinese immigrants in the northern city of Torreon, a story that Mexico would have preferred to forget but is now the subject of an exhibit aimed at highlighting the dangers of racial hatred.

“It is a stain on the nation’s history and this exhibition may prompt a reflection on our actions as Mexicans,” Linda Atach, director of expositions at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City, told Efe.

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China’s CRCC Likely to Win in New Bidding for Mexico Train Project

January 14, 2015

By Gabriel Stargardter, 1/14/2015

755225_e72ed744d1_m(Reuters) – China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) looks poised to clinch a contract to build a $3.75 billion Mexican high-speed train system even after its original winning bid was revoked when it became engulfed in a political scandal, say sources with knowledge of the bidding.

Mexico will on Wednesday reveal the fresh bid terms for the tainted train project linking Mexico City with the wealthy, industrial city of Queretaro, which was meant to be one of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s flagship infrastructure investments.

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EVENT TOMORROW: The Challenge of Governance: Lessons from Mexico City – A Conversation with Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera

January 14, 2015

miguel angel manceraWHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 12:00-1:30pm

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council are pleased to host a discussion with Mexico City’s mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera. As mayor of one of the world’s largest cities, Dr. Mancera has been on the cutting edge of innovations in urban planning as a tool to address environmental, economic, social welfare and public security challenges.

Mayor Mancera started his political career in 2000 as Adviser to the Assembly of Representatives of the Federal District, in the Committee on Enforcement and Administration of Justice. In 2005, he served as Legal Director of the Ministry of Social Development of the Federal District and Member of the Federal District Judiciary, and in 2006 as Deputy Attorney of Process and Central Preliminary Investigations in the Attorney General’s Office. By 2008 he was Attorney General of the Federal District. In 2012, Dr. Mancera was elected Head of Government of the Federal District after being candidate of the Progressive Movement coalition, formed by the Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Labor Party and the Citizen’s Movement Party.

*The event will be conducted in Spanish, with simultaneous English interpretation available.
**Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, click here.

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UPCOMING EVENT: The Challenge of Governance: Lessons from Mexico City – A Conversation with Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera

January 12, 2015

miguel angel manceraThe Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council are pleased to host a discussion with Mexico City’s mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera. As mayor of one of the world’s largest cities, Dr. Mancera has been on the cutting edge of innovations in urban planning as a tool to address environmental, economic, social welfare and public security challenges.

WHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 12:00-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided)

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Mayor Mancera started his political career in 2000 as Adviser to the Assembly of Representatives of the Federal District, in the Committee on Enforcement and Administration of Justice. In 2005, he served as Legal Director of the Ministry of Social Development of the Federal District and Member of the Federal District Judiciary, and in 2006 as Deputy Attorney of Process and Central Preliminary Investigations in the Attorney General’s Office. By 2008 he was Attorney General of the Federal District. In 2012, Dr. Mancera was elected Head of Government of the Federal District after being candidate of the Progressive Movement coalition, formed by the Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Labor Party and the Citizen’s Movement Party.

To register for the event, click here.


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