Headlines from Mexico

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  1. The capital of Mexico is no longer the Federal District – it is now formally known as Mexico City! Enrique Peña Nieto converted Mexico City into the 32nd entity of Mexico, with it’s own autonomy, rights, obligations, and freedoms. However, it is not a Mexican state, as it can not be a state and the capital simultaneously.Read more: CNN Expansión, El Universal, Excelsior, La Jornada, Univision

  2. The Pope is traveling to Mexico from February 12-17 and many predictions have been made about how his trip will go. From words of peace and justice to discussing human rights, this is sure to be an eventful trip for Pope Francis. Even El Paso, across the border from Ciudad Juárez, are upping security to ensure a smooth visit for His Holiness.Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio

  3. Preliminary data showing growth in the Mexican economy at the end of 2015, beating predictions. With 2.3% growth in 2014, 2015 was expected to follow suit, expecting no more than 2.4%. However, 2015 beat the expectations with 2.5% growth.Read more: CNN México, El Universal, Reuters, El Economista, Reuters México


  4. Yahoo! has closed their offices in Mexico and Argentina. Though they could not disclose the number of people losing their jobs, they assured reports the employees were being treated respectfully. Yahoo is reducing its businesses in Latin America with the goal of global growth, and will be maintaining their offices in Brazil and Miami.Read more: El Universal, Reforma, CNN México, El Financiero, Forbes México

Mexico City Tops “52 Places to Go in 2016”

angel de la independencia1/7/2016 The New York Times

It’s a big world out there, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. From ancient temples to crystalline waters, here are our top destinations to visit this year.

1. Mexico City, Mexico

When Pope Francis visits Mexico City in the spring, he will draw the faithful from around the country. The Mexican capital, though, is attracting pilgrims of another kind: travelers seeking some of the world’s best cuisine, museums and forward-thinking design. With young people from around Latin America and Spain streaming into the city, and the Mexican peso hitting record lows against the dollar, the city — daunting and endless as it is — radiates energy.

Certainly, there is no more exciting place to eat. Enrique Olvera, who reinvented Mexican cuisine at Pujol, has inspired a generation of restaurants in his wake, including Fonda Fina in La Roma and Fonda Mayora in nearby Condesa.

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Mexico City | Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015

The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference  took place in Mexico City from October 18-21, allowing important conversations about women’s health to take place. The conference provided a forum to identify, understand, and respond to the most urgent health needs of mothers and newborns.

Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate for the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program & Maternal Health Initiative, attended the conference in Mexico City. Below are four blog posts she wrote based on what she learned.

1.) Previewing the Next Generation of Global Maternal and Newborn Health Programs in Mexico City

2.) Better Training and Support for Midwives Is Saving Women’s Lives

3.) Iatrogenic Fistula on the Rise as More Women Gain Access to Surgery

4.) In India, Lower Castes and Tribals Being Left Behind in Maternal Health

Mexico’s journalists in fear after murder of reporter in ‘safe haven’ city

8/10/15 The Telegraph

800px-Camera_Zenit_122_left_viewIn a Mexico City cemetery reporter Pedro Canche looks haggard as he lays a hand-written note among yellow flowers on the grave of a young colleague.

“I owed it to him to come here because we’re in the same state of persecution,” he says, eyes scanning the empty graveyard for anyone lurking in the nearby trees.

He’s paying his respects to Ruben Espinosa, a 31-year old photojournalist murdered in Mexico City on July 31. He was killed along with four women, including an activist, in a flat in a calm middle-class neighbourhood. All the bodies showed signs of torture, some of the women had been raped, and all had execution-style shots to the head.

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Five bodies with hands bound found in Mexico

8/1/15 Yahoo News

censorshipFive bodies with their hands bound and some with apparent signs of torture were found in a home in Mexico City, police said Saturday.

The bodies were found Friday night in a home in a middle class area after a call from neighbors, said an official from the city prosecutor’s office.

Police said the victims were three women and two men. Their hands were tied with tape, and some showed signs of torture.

The identities were not released, nor was there any immediate word on what the motive of the killings might be.

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Mexican state known for gender-based violence issues emergency alert

07/30/15 The Guardian

HONDURAS-WOMEN-DISCRIMINATION-MARCHEmergency measures to tackle violence against women are to be implemented in parts of Mexico’s most densely populated state, where thousands of women and girls have been murdered and disappeared in the past decade.

A gender alert has been issued in 11 municipalities in the state of Mexico, known in Spanish as Edomex, after authorities finally conceded that systematic violence against women and girls exists in parts of the state.

Human rights groups and families of victims have been demanding a gender alert since 2010 amid growing evidence that Edomex had become the most dangerous place to be female in the country.

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Uber drivers attacked outside Mexico City airport as taxi drivers demonstrate

07/30/15 The Guardian

Mexico City - nunavut (Flickr)A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, according to the company, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a “total halt” to app-based rideshare services in the capital.

Video of the demonstration showed people throwing eggs and flour inside the windows of vehicles, kicking doors and trying to rip off side mirrors. One man destroyed a sedan’s rear window with a large rock.

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