SEGOB is Asked to Recognize Indigenous Women Working in Community Policing (Spanish)

Mexican Police Car photo by flickr user olivier.brissonProceso, 3/7/2013

The president of the Indigenous and Peasant Unit Force (Unidad de la Fuerza Indígena y Campesina) (UFIC), Rocío Pérez Miranda, asked the head of the Ministry of the Interior , Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, to officially recognize indigenous women who serve as police Community their localities.

According to Miranda Perez, Chiapas, Guerrero, Morelos, State of Mexico and Michoacan are states where community policing entities have successfully provided the security that should  be commissioned by the State.

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17 held in attack, rapes on church camp in Mexico

The Huffington Post, 7/18/12

Police arrested 17 men Wednesday on suspicion of attacking youths and raping five women and girls who were on a church camping trip outside Mexico City, a brutal assault that shocked much of the country.

The attorney general for the State of Mexico, Alfredo Castillo, said 11 of the gang members were identified by some of the victims. In interrogation videos played for reporters, three of the suspects confessed that they sexually abused the women and girls because fellow attackers told them to.

Two of the suspects were local police officers and another had served in the military, Castillo said, speaking two days after authorities announced the arrest of a man who was described as not directly involved in the assault on the camp-out but who allegedly provided information to the assailants.

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2012 Presidential Elections Create Challenges for Political Parties (in Spanish)

CNN México, 7/8/11

La cuenta regresiva para las elecciones presidenciales del 2012 ha iniciado, y aunque hay un claro favorito en


las encuestas de preferencia, ello no es garantía de triunfo.

Analistas coinciden en que pese a que el gobernador del Estado de México, Enrique Peña Nieto, es el gran favorito según diversos estudios de opinión, eso no implica un pase directo a la presidencia de México.

Después de 71 años de gobiernos priistas y dos periodos de gobierno encabezados por la derecha con el Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), el PRI recupera fuerza, ahora en condiciones competitivas y con un árbitro electoral autónomo, lo cual le da legitimidad.

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Las elecciones de la semana pasada (en el Estado de México) demuestran que hay fuerza y unidad en el PRI, además de la debilidad del PAN y el PRD, lo cual favorece al gobernador Enrique Peña Nieto en 2012”, afirma el director del Instituto México del Woodrow Wilson Center, Andrew Selee.

As the rest of the world turns, Mexico’s eyes are riveted on a wedding

Peña Nieto

The Los Angeles Times, 11/26/2010

If it were a soap opera (and it sure feels like one), Saturday’s big event would be the pull-out-the-stops season finale. The script calls for wedding bells.

After months of buildup, the man who could be Mexico’s next president, Enrique Pena Nieto, is to marry a real-life soap opera star, Angelica Rivera, in a ceremony some hype-mongers here have dared dub “the wedding of the century.”

Chatter over the nuptials is all over Mexican magazines,Twitter and Facebook, where the handsome couple posted a Brady Bunch-style photo of themselves and the six children they will soon blend into a family.

The wedding in the city of Toluca, outside Mexico City, is draped in glamour and power, with political meaning twined in the romance.

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López Obrador leaves the PRD in the Senate (in Spanish)

Reforma, 10/15/2010

Andrés Manuel López Obrador yesterday divided the PRD group in the Senate with the appearance of the United Leftist Block. Of the 25 PRD senators, 14 will support López Obrador’s presidential candidacy and back his anti-alliances stance in the State of Mexico.

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“Common Candidacies” in the State of Mexico

Mexico Institute, 9/15/2010

Peña Nieto

Yesterday, the State of Mexico’s legislature passed a law prohibiting “common candidacies” in the state, which will be in effect for the gubernatorial election in July 2011.  The reform, nicknamed the “Peña Law,” after the current PRI governor, Enrique Peña Nieto, in the Mexican press, was introduced by the Green Party, and supported by the PRI and other allied parties.

An electoral multi-party alliance between the PAN, the PRD and other smaller parties worked in this summer’s elections in Puebla, Sinaloa, and Oaxaca, with their candidate surpassing the PRI candidate. Senator Santiago Creel of the PAN had stated on Monday that these successes might inspire further alliances in the State of Mexico and Guerrero elections of 2011.

The PRD and PAN deputies in the State of Mexico Congress opposed this bill, and announced they will take legal action against it.

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