Nov 27, 2014

Same firm, new house: Mexico leader's conflict-of-interest storm grows

Reuters: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faced fresh questions on Wednesday about his dealings with a company at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal, after it emerged that he enjoyed rent-free use of a house belonging to the firm as a campaign office.

Already under pressure over the government's handling of the presumed massacre of 43 students abducted by corrupt police in southwestern Mexico in September, Pena Nieto is facing his most difficult period since taking office two years ago. Read more. 

As Mexicans Lose Faith In President, Peña Nieto Proposes Changes To Justice System Amid Civil Unrest

International Business Times: The Mexican government said it will propose sweeping changes to the country's justice system this week, as students in the street protest widespread corruption and outrage grows over continued violence and political impunity under President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration. "You have to fix what's not working," Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said in a Monday radio interview about the proposal, which will be unveiled Thursday.

When Peña Nieto took office nearly two years ago, he promised to stem the bloodshed and instability that plagued his predecessor, Felipe Calderón. During his 2012 campaign, the then-governor of the state of Mexico pledged to "undertake a more effective security policy to reduce violence: no more homicides, no more kidnappings, no more extortions." He gave the speech in Tamaulipas state, where two former governors are accused of aiding drug cartels.  Read more. 

Three new ports to be built in the Gulf of Mexico

Southern Pulse: The Secretary of Communications and Transport (SCT) announced the construction of three new strategic ports in the Gulf of Mexico to accommodate the impact energy reforms will have on the country. In addition, the SCT revealed plans on 23 November 2014 to modernize and expand existing ports on the Gulf and the Pacific at a cost of several billion dollars. The Coordinación General de Puertos y Marina Mercante (CGPMyM) under Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa at SCT, expects to invest US$95 million to upgrade the Matamoros port in Tamaulipas, including construction of a dock that can handle new larger ships. Mexico hopes to become a logistical hub for goods in transit to move more efficiently. Read more. 

Nov 26, 2014

The untold story of Ayotzinapa and Rural Normal

Forbes Mexico: "Most of our rural communities offers, among numerous shortcomings, the almost total disorganization, which places them in the broader underdevelopment. Their economic, social and cultural levels are barely noticeable. Many lack of arable land, water and other communications in almost all. The causes are scattered, "said Raúl Isidro Burgos generation students 1964-1970 Normal Teachers Ayotzinapa an afternoon of August 1970.

The reality portrayed academic, which gives its name to the Rural Normal of Guerrero, closely resembles the conditions that still prevail in most of the country. More than 46% of the Mexican population lives in poverty, while 11% live in extreme poverty, according to the latest data from the National Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval). Read more. 

Organized crime has overrun Guerrero

Milenio (Translation by Mexico News Daily): Iguala has brought out many truths about Mexico, some of them ugly, many of them previously known. But it is only now that the extent of the infiltration of organized crime is being revealed: federal intelligence efforts carried out since Iguala indicate that cartels have a presence in 62 of the state’s 81 municipalities.
The Milenio news service reported this morning that the state has balkanized into a mosaic of criminal organizations: it’s a toxic mix of five of the country’s major cartels plus local bands and guerilla movements.

The state’s official spokesman said 11 municipalities had been infiltrated, while former Gov. Angel Aguirre said criminals had penetrated most of the state’s municipal police. Then last week it was revealed that 12 municipal mayors were suspected of organized crime links.The killings and kidnappings in Iguala on September 26 have provided evidence of how closely linked the state can become with criminal groups, of the depth of collusion that can exist between the two. Not long after the horrors of that long night in Iguala, there were hints that the cancer was widespread. Read more. 

Few believe Mexico’s first lady made enough as TV star to pay for mansion

McClatchyDC: Mexico’s first lady, soap opera star Angelica Rivera, is back in the spotlight. But rather than receiving public adulation, she’s the subject of ridicule.

A poll released over the weekend found that three-quarters of Mexicans think Rivera isn’t telling the truth about how much she earned during her television career and how she paid for a $7 million mansion that’s at the heart of a political scandal enveloping her husband, President Enrique Pena Nieto.  Read more. 

Nov 22, 2014

Undocumented Cannot Count on Obama's Migration Initiative (La Jornada, Mexico)

WorldMeetsUS: President of the United States Barack Obama yesterday announced the adoption of a regularization plan to grant five to eleven million undocumented migrants living in the country legal status for the next two years. To take advantage of the change in requirements one must demonstrate having been in the United States for five years, the existence of children or dependent permanent residents in the U.S., with potential beneficiaries subject to a criminal background check. In the short term, the measure could halt the deportations of about 4 million people. Read more.