Saturday, September 20, 2014

In New York, Enrique Peña Nieto to receive prestigious World Statesman award

Guadalajara -
President Enrique Peña Nieto departed Mexico City this afternoon to attend next week's 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

It will be his first attendance at the General Assembly since taking office on Dec. 1, 2012. Peña Nieto's predecessor delivered his farewell address to the U.N. on Sept. 26, 2012. "Drug users are killing thousands of young people in the developing nations," Felipe Calderón tells United Nations.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jalisco, Baja California top Mexico's "Red Alert" list

Guadalajara -
The Enrique Pena Nieto administration is intensely focused on incipient security challenges in Jalisco and Baja California, and is "very worried about the deteriorating situation in both states," according to Mexican journalist Carlos Loret de Mola.

Loret de Mola, a respected columnist for Mexico City's El Universal, called Jalisco and Baja California the two new decomposing states, citing sources at "the highest level" in a piece published yesterday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Calderón: local governments in Michoacán are corrupt, still work with organized crime

Guadalajara -
Mexico's now 93 month old drug war officially began in early December 2006, when then PAN president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa sent federal security forces marching into his home state of Michoacán, to confront violent drug cartels which had threatened to virtually take over a region long famous for its lemon, lime and avocado production.

In May 2013, six months after he took office, current PRI president Enrique Peña Nieto delivered an encore as Michoacán security continued to deteriorate. After admitting on July 25 of last year that "parts of the state have passed into the hands of organized crime," Peña Nieto flooded the state with federal troops once again in January 2014. Michoacán security accord more of the same old song.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The United States of Mexico is 204

Fr. Miguel Gregorio Antonio Ignacio Hidalgo Costilla

Born May 8, 1753. Died before a firing squad, July 30, 1811. Roman Catholic priest, father of the Mexican Revolution. His simple challenge to parishoners early on the morning of Sept. 16, 1810 changed everything:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mexican Federal Police ambush of CIA agents in 2012 was no accident, press source alleges

Controversy lingers over what really happened at the village of Three Marys

Guadalajara -
Mexico City's investigative newspaper La Jornada reported yesterday that despite the conflicting claims of PRI administration officials, a bizarre attack by 14 Federal Police (FP) officers on two undercover CIA agents in route to Cuernavaca, Morelos in August 2012 was purposeful.

"The officers intended to kill the agents, because they regarded them as 'dangerous criminals' " alleged the paper, which said it had examined court documents in the ongoing trial of the 14.

Peña Nieto has harsh words for Texas Gov. Rick Perry

In a wide ranging interview, the president also acknowledges Mexico's enormous income disparity

Guadalajara -
In Mexico City's National Palace this week, president Enrique Peña Nieto called the militarization of the border with Texas National Guard troops "not only unpleasant, but condemnable."

"It's a completely unacceptable policy that will not promote friendship and cordiality between our nations," Peña Nieto told journalist Jacob Zabludovsky.

"And that's particularly true when we see that many other American states have changed their policies towards the Latin migrant population," added the 47 year old president.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hepatitis A cases skyrocket in Yucatán in 2014

No chlorination of water supplies is suspected

Mérida, Yucatán -
Diagnosed cases of Hepatitis A, an infectious disease of the liver which typically results from poor sanitation and feces-contaminated food and water, rose sharply in the state through Sept. 1 according to the capital city's main daily, Diario de Yucatán.

The failure by state municipios, or counties, to adequately chlorinate reservoirs in local water districts may be the reason, the paper reported in its morning edition today. Yucatán has 106 municipios, each with an administrative center (county seat) and commonly other towns as well.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

No Tijuana exit today for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

*Updated Sept. 20*
Guadalajara -
U.S. Marine Reserve Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi claims that he arrived in Tijuana involuntarily on Mar. 31, 2014, attempting to do a quick U-turn before touching Mexican soil. Criminal defense attorney Fernando Benítez tried to demonstrate what had happened in a Baja California federal court today, but the impact was not immediately clear and the session adjourned without a ruling.

The judge reviewed B&W security tapes of the Tijuana entry station, just across from San Ysidro, California, where Sgt. Tahmooressi was detained with several weapons and an ammunition stockpile. He has been in custody for 165 days, and faces years in prison if convicted.

Mexico rolls out low earner tax plan to stimulate anemic economy

"Let's Grow Together" unveiled by PRI administration

Guadalajara -
Mexico, beset by seriously lagging economic growth for two years running, is using every tool at its domestic disposal to stimulate worker productivity and overcome chronic business malaise.

In the Federal District yesterday president Enrique Peña Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) team officially rolled out a new program called "Let's Grow Together," designed to get millions of workers out of the "informal sector" - a term for self-employment, where income is not reported to any authority, taxes are not paid and eligibility for many government benefits is never established. Often they are street vendors and home based businesses, which none of the family may ever escape.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Former Mexico City governor Marcelo Ebrard, a moderate leftist, loses bid to capture PRD helm

And its aging "moral leader" Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is likewise rebuffed by the party rank and file

Guadalajara -
Mexico's Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), the nation's primary leftist voice since 1989, held its internal election Sunday for the man who will lead the party into the 2018 presidential contest.

Preliminary counts showed that the Progressive Movement coalition led by Marcelo Ebrard, 55, the popular governor of the Federal District (Mexico City) from 2006-2012, split about 27% of the votes cast with two other candidates. A faction known as the New Left, whose favorite son is Mexican Senator Carlos Navarrete, garnered 70%. Ballots are still being counted at this hour. The winner must obtain at least 60%.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hillary Clinton sees "a brilliant future in Mexico"

Everybody wants to shake hands with EPN these days

Guadalajara -
Mexico City was popular with several prominent Americans this week, politicians and businessmen alike.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mexico's federal budget for 2015 submitted to Congress: 4.6 trillon pesos

And the president suffers a slight pay cut

Guadalajara -
Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray today delivered to the nation's Chamber of Deputies a proposed 2015 federal operations budget of 4.6 trillon pesos. At the current exchange rate of about 13 pesos to the dollar, the sum represents $353.8 billon U.S. dollars.

Peña Nieto, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are wired

Guadalajara -
Last spring Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto proclaimed that internet access is a fundamental right to which every citizen in this nation is entitled. He promised to extend service to the remotest regions of the Republic by the time his term ends on Nov. 30, 2018, on the theory that an uninformed electorate cannot make intelligent, long term decisions for the country. Three weeks ago he repeated the guarantee. Peña Nieto: respect for human rights is Mexico's focus. Perhaps, too, it's so everyone can keep up with messages like this one.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mexico's National Electoral Institute gets 4 million signatures demanding referendum on PEMEX reforms

Mexico's energy reform controversy is far from over

Guadalajara -
The lower chamber of Mexico's federal Congress, the House of Deputies, has delivered to the National Electoral Institute (INE) 2,360,000 signatures from citizens across the nation demanding that sweeping energy reforms which became law on Aug. 12 be submitted to a public yeah or nay vote in 2015.

Zacatecas violence continues, security forces targeted

Zacatecas, Zacatecas -
Brazen attacks by organized crime against security forces in this north central Mexican state show no sign of abating, more than a year after they began.

State Security Police units were ambushed Wednesday by yet unidentified gunmen near a remote hamlet in Villa González Ortega county. Mexico's Gulf Cartel is one group operating in Zacatecas.