Both Parties Are Playing the Mexico Card

07/29/16 Truthout

us mex flagSurprisingly, Mexico has taken center stage in this year’s U.S. presidential elections.

While it has been cast mainly as the villain, the unexpected spotlight has sent politicians and activists on both sides of the border seeking to get their message out. If they’ve learned anything from the Trump playbook in the past months, it’s that negative attention is still free publicity.

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Why teachers have been occupying one of Mexico’s most alluring public spaces since May

07/25/16 Los Angeles Times

protest -- stroke -- resistanceWith its towering cathedral, stately trees and many cafes, the central plaza here usually exudes a sense of peace and elegance — a place to dine, reflect or listen to the marimba bands that perform on the ornate, wrought-iron bandstand.

But sit-ins, roadblocks and violence linked to Mexico’s roiling conflict between teachers and the federal government have cast a pall over Oaxaca City and the Guelaguetza, the signature annual celebration of the indigenous and mestizo heritage of this culturally rich state.

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President Obama on the U.S. – Mexico Relationship

07/25/16 The White House 

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto“From our shared security to climate change, Mexico is a critical partner and is critically important to our own well-being. We’re not just strategic and economic partners, we’re also neighbors, and we’re friends, and we’re family—including millions of Americans that are connected to Mexico by ties of culture and of language. And that’s why, as President, I’ve worked to deepen the partnership between our two nations.”

                                                                                               President Obama

President’s US Visit Reinforces Mexico’s Importance to Main Street America

07/22/16 The World Post

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoFor the second time in less than a month, Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama are meeting to explore how to deepen collaboration in issues ranging from security to climate change and our commercial relationship. The timing of this meeting on Friday—between the two presidential conventions—could just be chalked up to a coincidental schedule alignment. But it also sends a powerful signal of how critical the relationship is just as parts of the nation are transfixed by rhetoric blaming Mexico for problems that it didn’t create.

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Mexico ruling party to pick energy official as new head – sources

07/08/16 Reuters

Copy of PRI logoMEXICO CITY, July 7 (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, will pick a top government energy official to take over as party leader next week, two years ahead of the next presidential election, three PRI officials said on Thursday.

Enrique Ochoa, who heads the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and played a major role in crafting President Enrique Pena Nieto’s landmark energy reform, will be the next PRI chairman, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, because the matter must still be voted on.

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Activists from Mexico want Trudeau to push Mexican president on his human rights’ record

6/23/16 CBC News 

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)A group of female human rights activists from Mexico is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to show his true feminist credentials and challenge their country’s president on its human rights record.

Trudeau will host Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a state visit next week before the North American leaders’ summit that will also include U.S. President Barack Obama.

The so-called three amigos will focus on strengthening continental economic co-operation and will likely issue a statement that reinforces their shared commitment to fight climate change.

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Mexico to Keep Credit Rating as Pemex’s Losses Mount, S&P Says

2/16/16 Bloomberg

pemex2Mexico’s efforts to reduce energy subsidies and broaden its tax base is helping to insulate its credit rating as state-controlled oil producer Petroleos Mexicanos confronts a plunge in crude prices, according to Standard & Poor’s.

The fiscal changes enacted in 2014 have helped cushion the blow from a drop in revenue from Pemex, which has accounted for about 20 percent of the national budget, according to Victor Herrera, the managing director for Latin America at S&P in Mexico City. He cited measures including the end of a gasoline subsidy and efforts to bring more workers into the formal economic system.

“We don’t see pressure now as the government has so far reacted to contain this blow,” Herrera said in a telephone interview. “Everyone was criticizing the fiscal reform a few years ago, but look at how it’s helped us cushion this drop.”

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