Mexico’s only indigenous prison is free from drugs, rape, and corruption

07/21/16 Vice News 

Mexican Prison by Flickr user DexterPerrin find link to picThe prisoner, who comes from the Rarámuri indigenous group, says the trouble began at a traditional festival that involved downing considerable amounts of the corn-based spirit called tesgüino.

“My cousin arrived at 4am with a caliber 22 gun and began walking towards me,” he recalled, asking that his name not be used. “When I felt the bullets inside my body and all the desperation, I turned around and placed a bullet in his forehead. My cousin fell down onto the flames and I pulled him away so he would not get burned. I told another cousin to give word to the sheriff.”

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Mexico Consumer Prices Rise More Than Expected in Early July

07/22/16 Bloomberg

Share market prices shown on anMexico’s consumer prices rose more than expected in early July, lifting the annual inflation rate toward the central bank’s long-term target.

Prices rose 0.28 percent from two weeks earlier, the national statistics institute said on its website Friday. The median forecast of 24 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for a 0.24 percent increase. From a year earlier, prices increased 2.72 percent, compared with 2.53 percent at the end of June. Banco de Mexico targets inflation of 3 percent.


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  • President Enrique Peña Nieto offered Mexicans an apology over the 2014 scandal surrounding his wife’s purchase of a $7m luxury home-La Casa Blanca-from a government contractor. Peña Nieto apologized while the laws of the new-anti corruption system were being enacted. “For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness,” he said. “I reiterate my sincere and profound apology for the offense and indignation I have caused you.” Read more: Animal Político, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio, Excélsior.
  • The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) accused the national statistics agency-known as INEGI-of general opacity in its     statistics and methodology as well of arbitrarily changing one of the essential variables when measuring poverty so that it appears to be less of a problem. Read more: El Universal, Animal Político, Aristegui Noticias, El Economista, El Financiero
  • The National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) conditioned negotiations with the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) with the dependence to withhold the   introduction of the new educational model this past Wednesday. However, authorities of SEP described the dialogue as “successful” and announced that they reached an agreement to start a forum where processes of evaluation will be reviewed, with the possibility of the National Institute for Educational Assessment (INEE) participation. Read more: El Financiero, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio, Animal Político.
  •  President Barack Obama will receive President Enrique Peña Nieto this Friday at the Oval office in order to continue the political dialogue and deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Read more: Excélsior, La Jornada, Milenio, Aristegui Noticias.




Mexico & the United States: Let’s Build Prosperity & Security

By Earl Anthony Wayne and Sergio M. Alcocer

12642332434_f5a427c4ea_zPresident Obama will receive Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto July 22 in Washington.  This is a critical opportunity to highlight the importance of U.S.-Mexico ties, to underscore the substantial progress in cooperation, and to accentuate how the campaign rhetoric in the United States is out of tune with the reality of relations.  With the U.S. election approaching, it is crucial to take steps to preserve the unprecedented U.S.-Mexico collaboration that exists today.

U.S.-Mexico relations touch the daily lives of more citizens of both countries than do ties with any other country in the world.  Over 30 million U.S. citizens of Mexican heritage, our interconnected economies, the 1,990-mile border and our shared environment link us uniquely.  The two governments have established a comprehensive network of mechanisms that put bilateral relations in the best place they have been in memory.  Officials work together to take advantage of mutual opportunities and to solve shared problems across a wide spectrum of issues, with input from “stakeholders” in the relationship.

There is still a lot of serious work to do to address the problems out there and to take advantage of the opportunities of the region.   Each government has experienced professional ambassadors and teams in place to help guide the work during the U.S. leadership transition.  But, simplistic explanations of the problems or solutions distract us from the good work underway and the hard work still needed to deal with the serious challenges ahead.  As the United States prepares for a presidential transition, the two countries should solidify the mechanisms and engagements that are doing the hard, policy and technical work of enhancing both of our nations’ economic and national security.  These include the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), the 21st Century Border process, the bilateral Security Coordination Group, and the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESSII).  The U.S.-Mexico relationship is too important for both countries not to continue this work.

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Alleged cartel boss found guilty of conspiracy leading to 300 deaths

07/19/16 The Guardian 

His lawyer described Marciano Millan Vasquez as nothing more than a humble goat rancher. A jury disagreed on Tuesday, concluding that he was a regional boss for the Zetas drug cartel involved in a murderous conspiracy that lead to the deaths of more than 300 people in northern Mexico.

After a brief deliberation, the jury found Millan Vasquez guilty of all 10 charges he faced.

The two-week trial took place in federal court in San Antonio, the city where Millan Vasquez was arrested last year. He now faces life in prison.

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Mexico Statistics Body Criticized for Poverty Survey Changes

07/18/16 The New York Times

inegiMEXICO CITY — Anti-poverty groups in Mexico accused the national statistics agency Monday of arbitrarily changing the way it measures income surveys so poverty appears to be less of a problem.

The statistics agency, known as the INEGI, defended the changes, saying it “improved” the way it measures income because it suspected people were underreporting what they earn.

The agency said it required its interviewers to dig deeper with people who reported no income, to turn up even the most meager sources of income like handouts, odd jobs or help from relatives. Those previously unregistered amounts were then added to the count in the survey, which was carried out late last year.

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Mexico’s Demand for Natural Gas Spurs Pipelines, Disputes

06/18/16 Bloomberg

natural gas drillJuly 15 — More than 700 miles of new pipelines in Texas are being built to ship more of the state’s natural gas to Mexico, raising concerns from U.S. environmentalists who want to see low-carbon renewable energy grow instead.

Exports of gas to Mexico are expected to grow dramatically by the end of the decade. While the U.S. has a long history of pipeline exports to Mexico, the explosion of new pipeline construction is raising environmental concerns about wild landscapes, an expected expansion of hydraulic fracturing, and greater use of natural gas instead of other sources of energy such as solar and wind.

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