Dec 13, 2017

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity


William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine red tables provided by Coca-Cola feature the company’s logo in exchange for exclusive sale of its drinks.

Though members of the Ruiz family sometimes eat here, they more often grab dinner at Domino’s or McDonald’s. For midday snacks, they buy Doritos or Cheetos at Oxxo, a convenience store chain so ubiquitous here that nutritionists and health care advocates mockingly refer to the city as San Cristóbal de las Oxxos.

Oct 9, 2017

Another Journalist Slain in Mexico

A photo-journalist employed by an online newspaper in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi was found murdered on Friday, the media outlet said.

“We regret to inform you that the dead body of reporter Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro was discovered,” Vox Populi San Luis Potosi said in a message published on social media. “We are with his family, with his 1-year-old daughter Daniela.”

Mayor Murdered in Western Mexico

The mayor of a Purepecha Indian town in western Mexico was fatally shot on Friday, authorities in Michoacan state said.

Stalin Sanchez Gonzalez was killed by five men armed with assault rifles who ambushed him outside his home in Paracho, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

The assailants fled the scene in a Ford Ranger pick-up truck, witnesses told police.

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3 things Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico wouldn’t accomplish

By Vanda Felbab-Brown - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico would be costly and counterproductive in a number of ways, as I explained in more detail in my recent Brookings Essay. No matter how tall, deep, or thick a wall will be, illicit flows will cross, with undocumented workers and drugs finding their way into the United States regardless. Nor will the physical wall enhance U.S. security.

Here are 3 things that the proposed border wall will not accomplish, in spite of what the president and his supporters claim.

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Mexico’s Former 1st Lady Launches Independent Presidential Bid

Former first lady Margarita Zavala announced on Friday that she resigned from the conservative National Action Party (PAN) to run as an independent in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election.

“I formally present my resignation to the PAN. I am leaving without rancor,” Zavala said in a video posted on Twitter.

Oct 2, 2017

Mexican Government Censored Reports on Earthquake, NGO Claims

The NGO Article 19, based in London, which defends freedom of expression and the right to information, accused the Mexican government on Friday of concealment and censorship in its reports on the earthquake of Sept. 19.

In an extensive analysis, Article 19 concluded that the state “customarily deploys a policy of concealment and censorship,” and that in the case of the magnitude-7.1 earthquake was neither proactive nor efficient.

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Sep 15, 2017

The end of DACA would be 'a big win for Mexico,' foreign secretary says

By Ann M. Simmons - september 14, 2017

Relations between the United States and Mexico have been strained since the inauguration of President Trump, who has threatened to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement, vowed to make Mexico pay for a border wall and — during his campaign — called Mexican immigrants rapists.

But Mexico has not given up hope that relations can improve, said its foreign secretary, Luis Videgaray.

“For us this is the most important relationship in the world,” he said in an interview with The Times’ editorial board and reporters. “We believe also for America, Mexico is a very important relationship as well, and it's in the best interest of both sides to work it out in a constructive way.”

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