Aug 17, 2014

Borderland Beat: Mexico questions travel alert issued by U.S.-cites EPN's "impressive results"

Borderland Beat: Mexico's government,  questioned the travel alert issued by the United States in which it cites warnings  of the risk of violence prevailing in 19 states.  Mexico's position is that  the information must be contextualized and detailed to be useful to US countrymen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) pointed out that the security strategy of President Enrique Peña Nieto has achieved "impressive results", as reflected in the reduction of 22 percent in the number of incidents of kidnapping, compared to last year. Read more. 

Aug 15, 2014

Latin American Herald Tribune - Sexism of Authorities Aggravates Violence Against Women Journalists in Mexico

Latin American Herald Tribune: The sexism of Mexican authorities generates impunity and has led to a 300 percent increase in violence against women journalists in just a decade, according to a report presented by an NGO.

In the last few years 86 cases of violence against women journalists were reported, of which 54 percent occurred in 2013, the study by the Communication and Information for Women organization (CIMAC) revealed. Read more. 

Aug 13, 2014

Mexico Says Mine Slow to Report Huge Acid Spill

NYTimes: A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.

Carlos Arias, director of civil defense for the northern state of Sonora, said the spill at a copper mine near the U.S. border was caused by defects in newly constructed leaching or holding ponds.  Read more. 

Aug 11, 2014

New state law obliges business to pay salaries of missing people

Mexico News Daily: Mexican businesses have an obligation to support the families of employees who are among those who have disappeared, largely due to the drug war violence that began in 2006. That’s the gist of a new law in the state of Coahuila, but it has its detractors.

Many businesses are not happy with the prospect of having to continue paying salaries on behalf of employees who are no longer working, and at the same time pay someone else to do it. Read more. 

Aug 9, 2014

Mexico opens debate over low minimum wage

AP: National attention in Mexico has focused on the country's shockingly low minimum wage after the Mexico City government suggested it could act to increase the local minimum.

The debate has highlighted widespread dissatisfaction with the minimum wage of 67.29 pesos per day, or about $5. But suggestions that it be raised have drawn howls of protest from business chambers, who say raising it would only spur inflation.  Read more. 

Guatemala-Mexico Agreement on Migrants in Baja Signed

Frontera NorteSur: Guatemalan and Mexican authorities have signed an agreement to provide greater assistance to Guatemalan migrants in Baja California, Mexico.

Alejandra Gordillo, executive director of the National Council for Assistance to Guatemalan Migrants (Conamigua), estimated that upwards of 3,500 Guatemalan migrants are residing in the northern Mexican border city of Tijuana alone, virtually stranded without work or adequate economic support.

“We are interested in making the problem visible, because we’ve seen the efforts of Mexico on the southern border,” Gordillo said during a visit to Tijuana this week. “Now we want to know the problem on the northern border so we can take actions.”

Aug 7, 2014

Mexican Authorities Extend Protection to Journalist

Latin American Herald Tribune: Police in Mexico have extended protection to a journalist whose 12-year-old son was fatally shot last week in an attack on the family’s home.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders issued a statement earlier this week calling on Mexican authorities to protect Indalecio Benitez, director of La Calentana Mexiquense, a community radio station in the central state of Mexico.  Read more.