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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Mexico cuts poverty at a stroke – by changing the way it measures earnings

06/18/17 The Guardian

Mexico Poverty by Flickr user Global Tribe
Photo by Flickr User Global Tribe

Mexico’s impoverished masses were up to 33.6% richer in 2015 than the previous year, according to the state-run statistics service.

But the change owes less to a sudden increase in actual wealth and wellbeing for the country’s poor than to unannounced changes in the methodology for measuring household earnings.

The changes make comparing poverty rates from one year to the next impossible – something acknowledged by the National Geography and Statistics Institute (Inegi).

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Organized Crime Loopholes Water Down Mexico Justice Reform

06/18/16 InSight Crime 

imagesMexico is currently in the process of implementing historic changes to its criminal justice system, but the planned reforms include due process exceptions in organized crime cases that could undermine the initiative’s intent.

The exceptions, outlined in a new report (pdf) from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), provide for the use of a controversial measure known as “arraigo,” which means “hold” and is a form of pretrial that allows suspects in organized crime cases to be held without formal charges for up to 80 days.

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Teacher Protests Pause as Mexico Agrees to Revise Teacher Evaluation Plan

07/14/16 NBCNews

CNTETeachers in Mexico have been protesting for quite some time now. When the Mexican government permitted the change of educational reforms in 2013, thousands of teachers took the streets saying the new evaluation oversteps their labor rights.

Since the initial protests started due to a new evaluation exam that was being administered by the Mexican government, teachers have been gathering and demanding change. The evaluation used new tactics to ensure that teachers were hired based on qualifications instead of influence by the union.

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Three Years After Housing Implosion, Mexico Risks Another Mess

07/15/16 Bloomberg 

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Three years after Mexico’s housing crisis wiped out $4 billion in stocks and bonds, the industry risks suffering another downturn.

That’s because President Enrique Pena Nieto has close to doubled subsidies for low-income housing in the past two years. Moody’s Investors Service analyst Francisco Vazquez said that has encouraged developers to go on a construction spree even as a sluggish economy saps demand for new homes. Much of the new building is also taking place in the outskirts of major cities where few services are available, he said.

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Upcoming Event | Taking Stock of Mexico’s Transformation to an Adversarial System of Justice: Accomplishments, Future Challenges, and Lessons Learned since 2008

justice - gavel and bookWHEN: Monday, July 25, 10:00am-1:00pm

WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Wilson Center

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Mexico recently completed an eight year process that has transformed the federal and state justice systems from an inquisitorial to an adversarial one. This process began in 2008 with the adoption of constitutional and criminal procedural reform and was completed in June 2016. Please join the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute for our conference “Taking Stock of Mexico’s Transformation to an Adversarial System of Justice: Accomplishments, Future Challenges, and Lessons Learned since 2008.

Featuring a Keynote Address by:
The Honorable Arely Gómez Gónzalez
Mexico’s Attorney General

Welcoming Remarks
Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Public Policy Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Followed by an Expert Panel on Mexico’s Transition to an Adversarial Justice System
Layda Negrete
Coordinator, Quality of Justice Project, México Evalúa

Maria Novoa
Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC)

Miguel Sarre, LLM
Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

David Shirk
Professor, Director, Mexico in Justice Project, University of San Diego
Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Eric L. Olson
Special Advisor for Security Policy, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Associate Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

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Armed vigilantes are taking the law into their own hands in Mexico’s second biggest city

07/13/16 Vice News 

crime and drugsJesús Morones, the owner of a candy shop in El Salto, a rugged industrial area on the southeastern fringe of the Guadalajara metropolitan area, says he’s been robbed at gunpoint eight times.

“Last time they beat me and locked me and my family in here for 10 minutes while they took what they wanted. They were looking for money but they even took a box of chocolates to snack on afterwards,” he says. “My son was crying and one of the bastards even grabbed my wife’s buttocks.”

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