Pelosi pushes to keep tech’s legal shield out of trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

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12/05/19 – CNBC

By Lauren Feiner

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing to keep a key legal shield for tech companies out of a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Thursday.

The effort could throw a wrench into progress Congress seemed to be making on the pact and would be a blow to tech companies who already fear losing the legal protection within the U.S. Just last week, Pelosi said House Democrats were “within range” of reaching a pact they can support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, which would replace NAFTA.

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Mexico commission blames authorities in 2017 school collapse

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11/13/19 – AP News

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says authorities apparently acted with corruption or negligence in allowing the operation of an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City’s September 2017 earthquake.

The governmental commission said Wednesday that authorities should offer apologies and compensation to those injured and killed in the collapse of the school during the magnitude 7.1 quake.

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Mexico top court rules e-cigarette sales should be allowed

 

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11/13/19 – AP News

Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld a challenge to the country’s tobacco law for making it hard to sell e-cigarettes.

Current law allows regulated sales of tobacco products, while at the same time it outlaws “selling, distributing, exhibiting, producing or promoting any object that does not contain tobacco” but whose packaging or design “might identify it with tobacco products.”

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Mexican National Guard to Crack Down on Uber as Drug War Rages

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10/30/19 – Bloomberg

By Andrea Navarro

Mexico’s militarized police force, already grappling with a surge in drug violence and immigration, has a new mission: to stop people from hailing an Uber at airports.

The Mexican National Guard has been charged with conducting sting operations at the country’s 56 airports to make sure that only taxis with a federal permit are allowed to load passengers, according to a statement by the Ministry. The operation comes after the Ministry met with the nation’s taxi association, and will include government communications and transportation officials.

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Mexican government mulls legalization of 18 million “chocolate cars”

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10/23/19 – Freight Waves

By Noi Mahoney

Authorities in Mexico have proposed legislation to legalize around 18 million so-called “carros chocolates,” or chocolate cars – vehicles illegally imported into the country from the United States.

If the proposed legislation passes, it would be a blow to the Mexican automotive industry, which relies heavily on global supply chains from U.S., European and Asian producers to make cars.

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U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators

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10/09/19 – The New York Times

By David McCabe and Ana Swanson

The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home.

The protections, which stem from a 1990s law, have already been tucked into the administration’s two biggest trade deals — the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a pact with Japan that President Trump signed on Monday. American negotiators have proposed including the language in other prospective deals, including with the European Union, Britain and members of the World Trade Organization.

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Airbnb Rentals Are Displacing Mexico City Residents as Rents Surge

 

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October 2, 2019 – Truthout

By Tamara Pearson

In the neighborhood of Juárez, a vibrant artistic and historic area of Mexico City with LGBTQ bars and restaurants and a large Korean population, long-term renters are losing their homes as apartments are being converted into more profitable day-rate Airbnb rentals.

No studies have been conducted, but former residents say rental prices have more than doubled to prohibitive levels of 20,000 to 30,000 pesos per month. Before, 10,000 pesos (U.S. $520) was the norm, Dario Martínez told El Big Data after he had to leave his place in Juárez.

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Governor of violent Mexican state wants regulation of opium poppies

07/24/2018 Reuters

la-fg-tijuana-journalists-violence-photos-005The governor of a violent, crime-ridden Mexican state that produces much of the local opium used to make heroin on Tuesday backed a proposal from the next government to decriminalize cultivation of opium poppies.

Olga Sanchez, the designated interior minister of incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has said the next administration will explore decriminalizing marijuana and regulating opium production for pharmaceutical use.

“It’s time,” Guerrero state Governor Hector Astudillo told Mexican radio. “I’m delighted that a different way of dealing with the poppy is finally going to be explored.”

A member of outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto’s defeated Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Astudillo in 2016 himself floated the idea of legalizing medicinal cultivation of opium poppies to tackle mounting drug gang violence.

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Mexico Said to Make Telecom-Dominance Ruling Harder to Avoid

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Mexico’s government is preparing a complex formula to identify dominant phone and media companies, aiming to keep industry giants from manipulating numbers to avoid regulation, said a person with knowledge of the plan.

The nation’s new telecommunications regulator won’t determine the biggest companies in an industry just based on their subscribers or viewers, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Rather, the calculation will include a range of measurements, including investments and infrastructure.

Under a law passed last year, companies that have been found dominant in Mexico face tougher scrutiny and enforcement measures, including regulation of the prices they charge and even the forced sale of assets. The government’s rules are most likely to affect America Movil SAB (AMXL) and Grupo Televisa SAB (TLEVICPO), which were already identified as dominant companies in a preliminary finding in December.

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Mexico’s Congress to back presidential stimulus plan

Houston Chronicle, 2/19/2009

413px-felipe_calderon_sin_fondo_iMexico’s Congress will support President Felipe Calderon’s plans for stimulus spending and tighter regulation of the financial industry, party leaders said in a report issued Wednesday.

The report said that in principle all parties in Congress will back faster spending on infrastructure, tighter financial regulation and extended aid to the unemployed as the country seeks to mitigate the effects of the recession in the U.S., Mexico’s chief trading partner.

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