Posts Tagged ‘Enrique Pena Nieto’

Mexico students: Guerreros Unidos gang leader ‘arrested’

| October 18th, 2014 | No Comments »
BBC

Mexican authorities say they have captured the suspected leader of a criminal gang allegedly involved in the disappearance of 43 students.Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado is said to be the main leader of the Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors) gang.

The students, from a teaching college near Iguala in western Guerrero state, were last seen being bundled into police vehicles three weeks ago.

It came during clashes with police during a demonstration.

There have been demonstrations in support of the students across Mexico.

Mexico’s attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam said the arrest would open up new lines of investigation into what had happened to the students.

He added that 36 police officers and 27 members of Guerreros Unidos had already been arrested.

The mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, is also being sought by police on organised crime charges along with his police chief.

The congress in the state of Guerrero has impeached the mayor.

On Friday, thousands of protesters marched ... Read More

Pandemia mexicana

| October 17th, 2014 | No Comments »
Excelsior

Por José Manuel Suárez-Mier

No se había secado la tinta de mi última columna en la que comentaba la necedad de numerosos políticos de Estados Unidos de espantar a sus votantes con el inminente peligro de que terroristas islámicos invadirían su país desde México, cuando un alto mando de sus fuerzas armadas afirmó que el ébola llegaría desde nuestro país.

El general John F. Kelly, jefe del Comando Sur de las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos, responsable de monitorear los peligros que amenazan a su país desde América Latina y las Antillas, salió a decir que temía que inmigrantes del este de África, contaminados con el ébola, entraran ilegalmente por México.

Es realmente preocupante que un alto mando militar de la potencia bélica más poderosa del orbe diga tonterías de tal magnitud. ¿Cómo piensa el general Kelly que llegarán los ebólicos desde África a México: nadando? ¿Sabrá el comandante los muchos ... Read More

Terrible no reconocer la caída del precio del petróleo

| October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »
Excelsior

POR LEO ZUCKERMANN

Los precios del petróleo van en picada. Y uno de los perdedores de este proceso es el gobierno mexicano —en sus tres niveles: federal, estatal y municipal— ya que un tercio de sus ingresos depende directamente de este producto. Si a eso sumamos que la producción de crudo en México también se está cayendo, pues las autoridades tienen un gran problema frente a ellos. Por lo pronto, siguen sin reconocerlo. Más que aceptar la realidad, están apostándole a un milagro.

Es el caso, al parecer, de los diputados quienes están por aprobar la Ley de Ingresos y el  Presupuesto del año que entra. La Secretaría de Hacienda les envió una propuesta de un precio promedio de 82 dólares por barril para 2015. Estamos hablando de seis dólares más de lo que se vendió la mezcla mexicana ayer (76 dólares por barril). De acuerdo con la ... Read More

Mexico’s Deadly Narco-Politics

| October 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times

By Ioan Grillo

IGUALA, Mexico — STUDENT protesters in rural Mexico have long dealt with heavy-handed police officers. But on the black night of Sept. 26, students who attended a rural teachers’ college realized they were facing a far worse menace in this southern city. Not only were police officers shooting haphazardly at them, killing three students and several passers-by; shady gunmen were also firing from the sidelines.

The next morning, the corpse of a student was dumped on a major street. He’d had his skin peeled off and his eyes gouged out. It was the mark of drug cartel assassins.

Soldiers and federal detectives detained two alleged cartel hit men, who confessed they had conspired with the police to murder students. They led troops to pits on the outskirts of Iguala containing 28 charred corpses. ... Read More

Arrest of Suspected Drug Lord in Mexico Is Seen as Symbolic Amid Police Scandal

| October 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times

By Damien Cave

MEXICO CITY — Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was the mediocre heir, the authorities said. He never quite gained the fame or authority of his brother, Amado Carrillo Fuentes — the Juarez cartel’s late founder and the kingpin famous for both flying cocaine to the United States in jumbo jets and dying during failed plastic surgery in 1997.

Instead, Vicente was vicious. Mr. Carillo Fuentes, who was arrested Thursday by Mexican authorities in the northern city of Torreon, ran the Juarez ring with an eye for killing and a thirst for allies, according to American and Mexican officials who have been pursuing him for 14 years.

His was the era when the battle between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels made Ciudad Juárez as bloody and violent as a war zone. And yet at this point, ... Read More

Outrage, at last

| October 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Economist

By H.T.

IT WAS “outrageous, painful and unacceptable”. With those words, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto echoed the feelings of the nation on October 6th after the discovery of 28 charred bodies, dug up the previous weekend in mass graves near the city of Iguala, 80 miles (125km) southwest of the capital.

Though the authorities have not yet publicly identified the corpses, Mr Peña indicated the truth of what everyone suspects: that the victims were among 43 teacher-trainees who went missing after a night of police violence in Iguala on September 26th in which six people were killed. Authorities from the state of Guerrero, Mexico’s most murder-plagued, have arrested 22 Iguala policemen in connection with the disappearances. If confirmed, it would be the worst massacre in almost two years of the president’s tenure.

But it may not be the only one (see table). Late last month, the army arrested seven soldiers in connection with ... Read More

In Mexico, parents hold vigil for 43 disappeared

| October 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press

By MARK STEVENSON

TIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Two weeks after 43 students disappeared in a clash with police in rural southern Mexico, dozens of anxious parents have gathered at a teachers’ college that was supposed to be their sons’ escape from life as subsistence farmers.

Wearing donated clothing, they wait for any word on the fate of their children, eating simple meals of rice, beans and tortillas and holding prayer sessions in a makeshift shelter on the school’s covered courtyard.

“They took him away alive, and that’s the way I want him back,” said Macedonia Torres Romero, whose son Jose Luis is among the disappeared.

But it seems ever more unlikely as time passes.

Prosecutors attribute the Sept. 26 disappearances to police, who also killed six and wounded at least 25 in separate attacks. The case has outraged Mexicans even in a country where ... Read More

Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre

| October 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Daily Beast

BY JASON MCGAHAN

For almost a century a teacher’s college in rural Mexico has been training educators and activists. Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.

MEXICO CITY — Twelve days ago, police and unidentified gunmen believed to be members of a drug cartel ambushed a caravan of college student activists in the state of Guerrero, about half way from Mexico City to Acapulco.

Near the central plaza in the town of Iguala, a total of six persons were shot to death. Three were student activists from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa. Three additional shooting victims were a semiprofessional soccer player riding in one of the three buses, a taxi driver, and his female passenger. But most likely they were unintended victims caught in the line of fire. There’s no question the students were the target.

One who survived the first fusillade, ... Read More

Cae ‘El H’, líder del clan de los Beltrán Leyva

| October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Milenio Diario

POR RUBÉN MOSSO

El capo Héctor Beltrán Leyva, El H, líder del cártel que lleva sus apellidos, fue detenido en San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, por la Unidad de Operaciones Especiales del Ejército, tras 11 meses de investigación de los órganos de inteligencia del gobierno federal.

El H residía en Querétaro y se manejaba con un bajo perfil, haciéndose pasar como un empresario “acomodado”, dedicado a la venta de bienes inmuebles y obras de arte.

Junto con él fue capturado Germán Goyenechea Ortega, operador financiero de la organización delictiva; ambos portaban armas cortas de uso exclusivo de las fuerzas armadas.

Tomás Zerón de Lucio, director de la Agencia de Investigación Criminal de la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), dijo que el golpe contra el narcotraficante se concretó ayer en un restaurante de mariscos, sin realizarse un solo disparo, culminando exitosamente la operación denominada “Hotel”.

El cártel bajo el mando de Héctor, considerado uno de los más violentos, ... Read More

Mexico to Take Part in UN Peacekeeping Missions

| September 25th, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced Wednesday that his country has decided to participate in U.N. peacekeeping missions again for the first time in decades.

That includes the possibility of sending military personnel, more than 60 years since the last time they were included on such missions.

“With this determination, Mexico, as a responsible actor, takes a historic step in its commitment to the United Nations,” Pena Nieto said.

He said Mexico “supports and values peacekeeping operations, a U.N. instrument that helps countries overcome conflicts and create conditions for lasting peace.”

Pena Nieto’s office said Mexico’s participation would happen gradually and could include both military and civilian personnel, including engineers, health workers, military and political observers and other specialists.

The president’s office said there is no impediment in the constitution and no legislative change will be necessary. Mexican law gives the country’s Senate the power to authorize military deployments beyond the nation’s borders.

According to the ... Read More

Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru: Better Together

| September 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Bloomberg By Michelle Bachelet , Juan Manuel Santos , Enrique Pena Nieto & Ollanta Humala

The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion for our citizens.

Our four countries represent 214 million people, and our economies have a combined gross domestic product of $2.1 trillion, which accounts for 37 percent of Latin America’s total GDP, averaging a 5.1 percent annual growth rate over the past four years. Our foreign trade adds more than $1.13 trillion, and we receive 45 percent of total foreign investment flows in Latin America.

To fulfill our goal of free movement of people, we lifted tourist and business visa requirements for our citizens. Because cultural exchange and education are so important, we put in ... Read More

Mexico Has Reformed Its Energy Sector, Now What?

| September 19th, 2014 | No Comments »
Forbes

By Dwight Dyer

MEXICO CITY – When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law the enabling reforms for his country’s energy sector last month, it marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise two years in the making. Although Mexico’s Congress last year agreed in principle to the reforms, the secondary laws passed last month actually define the parameters for the reshaped energy sector. Their passage is effectively the green light for private investors—both foreign and domestic—to enter the Mexican energy market.

So what happens next? A number of things all at once. The reforms themselves must be implemented and that means laying the ground rules and sign posts for private investment. Two days after Peña Nieto signed the enabling legislation, the National Hydrocarbon Commission announced which oil fields would be assigned to the state-owned oil company Pemex, which will retain the lion’s share of the country’s proven reserves, and by default ... Read More

Mexico’s Dubious Reforms

| September 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times

BY ENRIQUE KRAUZE

MEXICO CITY — Many Mexican politicians are losing sleep lately pondering an enigma: How is it possible that the most important set of governmental reforms in decades has aroused so much enthusiasm abroad and yet so much rejection in Mexico? How is it that, while the groundbreaking reforms were approved by a two-thirds majority of Congress, ordinary Mexicans affirmed in a poll that they believe their country is moving in the wrong direction?

Some observers have compared the scope of Mexico’s reforms with American legislation to combat monopolies initiated by Theodore Roosevelt early in the 20th century. Roosevelt’s program put formal limits on the ownership of railroads, mines, oil resources, and steel and tobacco production. President Enrique Peña Nieto, in the 21 months he has been in office, has set limits on the ... Read More

Enrique Peña Nieto is a charismatic reformer with a popularity problem

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
The Economist

WATCHING President Enrique Peña Nieto in shirt-sleeves among his whooping, sombrero-wearing supporters is a lot more fun than seeing him as he prefers to be seen: in a suit and tie, with slicked-back hair, deploying all of Mexico’s sash-laden presidential paraphernalia. At a recent meeting in Guadalajara the women call out to him flirtatiously, asking him to pose for selfies. Though many of the men tower over him, he has a strong presence. He beams—even when they break into an old agrarian anthem decrying capitalism.

These are Mr Peña’s people: campesinos (peasant farmers) from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). During his 21 months in power, the president has positioned himself above the fray of party politics, working with the opposition to enact a host of constitutional reforms, in areas from education to energy, designed to modernise Mexico’s economy. But in this setting the old-style politician emerges. The energy reform ... Read More

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity slips despite legislative wins

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
From the Washington Post

By Joshua Partlow and Gabriela Martinez

MEXICO CITY — With movie-star ease and glamour, President ­Enrique Peña Nieto has seemed to feel no pain as he goes about grasping all the third rails of Mexican politics.

Peña Nieto has pushed through the legislative thicket into a new landscape few thought possible: where American oil companies will soon be drilling in Mexican waters and where Carlos Slim’s grip on the telephone monopoly that made him the richest man in the world has slipped.

In all, 85 changes have occurred to the constitution during Peña ­Nieto’s 1 1/2 years in office. Higher taxes on junk food, confrontations with the teachers union and more political positions for women, plus the telecom and energy reforms. He has cobbled together an alliance of the three largest political parties. Foreign investment is high.

Yet his popularity is flagging. A poll released this week by the independent Consulta Mitofsky firm showed that his approval rating had ... Read More

Christie’s Mexico Trip Touches on Trade, Politics

| September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is multitasking in Mexico, officially talking trade as he gets some foreign policy schooling should he decide to run for president in 2016.

Christie spends his first day meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne, and Sandra Fuentes, the Consul General of Mexico in New York, who helped to plan the trip. He’ll then deliver two speeches, including a keynote address on the relationship between Mexico and the U.S.

The remarks will serve as one of the Republican’s first opportunities to begin to sketch out his policy positions on issues like free trade. In the evening, Christie will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and attend a welcome reception at the ambassador’s residence.

With his state exporting $2 billion worth of goods to Mexico, and tens of thousands of New Jersey jobs relying on the relationship, Christie becomes the latest potential ... Read More

Mexico Turns to Army, Drones for Security

| September 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »
ABC News

By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press

The Mexican government says it is increasingly turning to the use of the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of the once-successful Marine forces.

In an annual report on the state of the nation submitted to Congress Monday, the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto said army patrols had increased 52.2 percent between September and July as compared to the same period of the previous year.

The number of marine patrols decreased 28.3 percent in the same period. The marines have carried out some of the biggest take-downs of major drug lords.

The government also gave one of its first detailed accountings of the use of drones, saying it had flown 149 security drone missions with over 581 hours of flying time.

The report said homicides, especially those relating to organized crime, had dropped over the last year. It said Mexico’s homicide rate for all of 2013 ... Read More

Pemex Granted All Probable Reserves Sought in Oil Opening

| August 13th, 2014 | No Comments »
Bloomberg

By Adam Williams

Petroleos Mexicanos, preparing for the end of its 76-year state oil monopoly, was granted rights to all the proved and probable oil reserves it sought for development as Mexico opens its doors to foreign competition.

Pemex, as the state-owned company is known, will maintain 83 percent of the country’s so-called 2p reserves and 21 percent of potential reserves, Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said today in Mexico City. Mexico’s investment in fields will be $50 billion in 2015-2018, he said during a presentation of the non-competitive bidding known as round zero.

The opening of Mexico’s energy industry to private investment is considered to be on a scale with the North American Free Trade Agreement in terms of economic significance, Alberto Ramos, chief Latin America economist at Goldman Sachs, said in an Aug. 7 research note. The energy ministry will now prepare for the first round of open ... Read More

Deal to stop migrants from boarding La Bestia train

| July 31st, 2014 | No Comments »
BBC

Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have reached a deal to try to prevent migrants from jumping onto a freight train in an attempt to reach the US, according to Guatemalan officials.

Tens of thousands of migrants stow away on the train, known as La Bestia (The Beast), every year.

Hundreds are injured or killed when they fall under its wheels. Many more are robbed or attacked by gangs.

The three countries said they would establish more checkpoints.

Rising flow

Guatemala’s top immigration official, Alejandra Gordillo, said the deal was reached during meetings between Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and US Vice President Joe Biden.

Mr Biden travelled to Central America last month to try to stem a growing flow of unaccompanied minors from the region to the US.

According to US Homeland Security, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on the US border with Mexico between October 2013 and ... Read More

Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy deals

| July 28th, 2014 | No Comments »
Yahoo News-01

By Leticia Pineda

Mexico City (AFP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.

Abe, whose visit to the region comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s, met Pena Nieto at the presidential palace for talks that ended with the signing of a raft of deals.

The new agreements included one between Mexican state oil firm Pemex and Japan’s development bank, and another between Pemex and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.

With Japan on the lookout for new power sources after the Fukushima disaster forced the shutdown of its nuclear reactors, energy is high on the prime minister’s agenda for the trip.

Mexico is undergoing sweeping changes in its energy sector, with Congress poised to end struggling Pemex’s 75-year monopoly ... Read More

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