Accused Drug Kingpin Fails to Win Stay of Extradition to Mexico

09/21/16 The Wall Street Journal

prisonAn accused drug kingpin, whose mansion yielded the world’s largest cash seizure, faces imminent extradition to Mexico after a refusal by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts to grant an emergency stay.

Wednesday’s order could end a nearly decade long U.S. legal battle for Zhenli Ye Gon, who has been in custody since 2007.

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UPCOMING EVENT | Mexico Public Health Forum 2016

medicine healthcare - stethoscopeWHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:00-4:00pm

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC

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As Mexico’s demographic profile and economy change over time, the country is facing a wide array of new public health challenges, from an ageing population to the rise of non-communicable diseases. In fact, the country now faces a “double burden” of disease: while policy-makers and public health officials continue to deal with the problems of infectious disease and under-nutrition, they are experiencing a rapid growth in disease risk factors such as obesity, particularly in urban settings. This combination of problems causes both bifurcation and extra costs for public health policy.

The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto has taken a varied approach to health policy thus far. Although committing to a universal health care system, the necessary resources have not yet been made available, and a wholesale reform of the system remains pending. In isolated areas, such as obesity, the government has sought to use fiscal policy to address the problem, but has failed to adopt a more comprehensive and consolidated strategy.

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to our Mexico Public Health Forum 2016 to discuss the current state of public health policy, offering an overview of the health care system and its challenges.

Welcome & Introduction
Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Keynote Address
Pablo Kuri Morales
Mexican Undersecretary of Health Prevention and Promotion

An Overview of Mexico’s Public Health Challenges
Andrew Rudman
Managing Director, ManattJones Global Strategies

Amy Glover
Director – Mexico Practice, McLarty Associates

Catherine Mellor
Executive Director, Global Health Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Mexico’s America Movil eyes acquisition of Brazilian rival Oi: Valor

09/21/16 Reuters

America Movil SAB (AMXL.MX) is interested in acquiring some or all of the operations run by struggling Brazilian rival Oi SA (OIBR3.SA), the chief executive of the Mexican telecom giant said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday.

Brazilian paper Valor Economico reported that Daniel Hajj, CEO of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s telecom empire, said he was eyeing an acquisition of Oi operations whether or not the company is split up in the midst of an in-court restructuring.

“We are open to looking at anything,” Hajj said in the Valor report. “I am very interested in participating in the (market)consolidation in Brazil, but I don’t know how it will happen.”

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Two Priests in Mexico Found Dead After Being Kidnapped

09/19/16 The Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—Two priests were found dead Monday, hours after they were abducted in Mexico’s Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

The Veracruz state prosecutors’ office said the two men were kidnapped Sunday in the northern Veracruz city of Poza Rica. Their bodies were found dumped in a field by a roadside Monday.

A third man who was abducted with them, identified as the priests’ driver, was later found alive and put under protection, officials said.

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Tamaulipas Kidnapping Highlights Insecurity in Border Region

09/16/16 InSight Crime

14120208467_feff2c6823_o.jpgThe abduction of 15 individuals from a bus traveling between Mexico‘s northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila highlights insecurity in Mexico‘s border states, and recalls previous episodes of mass kidnappings of migrants as immigration into the United States surges.

The incident, which occurred on September 12, was not confirmed until September 14 by Coahuila’s state secretary, Victor Zamora, according to Animal Politico.

Minutes after leaving the bus station in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, which sits near the Coahuila border, the bus was intercepted by armed men, the driver told officials. The 15 individuals were forced off the bus, loaded into various vehicles, and driven away.

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Governor of Mexico’s Guerrero State Again Calls for Poppy Legalization

09/19/16 InSight Crime

Guerrero, MExicoThe governor of Mexico‘s Guerrero state is again calling for the legalization of opium poppy, the plant from which heroin is derived, as a remedy for extreme insecurity — a solution that ignores the underlying factors driving heightened violence levels.

Guerrero Gov. Héctor Astudillo has put forward legalization of poppy for medicinal purposes — echoing statements he made in March — as an alternative route for reducing the violence that is plaguing the state,reported Animal Politico.

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Farmers Switching from Coffee to Poppy in Mexico’s Heroin Hub

09/16/16 InSight Crime

download.jpgFalling coffee production in Mexico‘s Guerrero state, in part due to a devastating plant fungus, has reportedly contributed to rising poppy cultivation, in turn facilitating the state’s transition into a battleground for competing drug groups.

Coffee production in Guerrero fell 88 percent between 2003 and 2016, from 4,638 tons to 552 tons, reported El Universal. This decline came on top of an over 13,000-ton drop in production following the 1992-93 coffee cycle, which produced an estimated 17,572 tons.

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