Posts Tagged ‘Enrique Pena Nieto’

Mexico: Caught in the crossfire

| October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
Financial Times

By Jude Webber

Their 43 expressionless faces stare out from a double-page advertisement by Mexico’s government in the national press. The banner headline reads: “Reward”.

But they are not the grainy photos of drug lords with prices on their heads. These underprivileged youths from a rural teacher-training college, missing and feared dead after clashes with local police on September 26 are, as activist priest Alejandro Solalinde says, the brutal reminder that “Mexico is sown with corpses”.

Despite a manhunt for the students and their abductors, the only clues appear to lead to mass graves on the hilltops outside the town of Iguala, 130km south of Mexico City. Residents say the area echoes at night with shots and screams. Pictures on social media of a body dumped in the street after the disappearances spread the horror worldwide: its bloodied face was stripped of skin and its eyes gouged out.

This is not “Mexico ... Read More

Andrew Selee: Bloodshed and resilience in Mexico

| October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
Dallas News

By Andrew Selee

A few weeks ago, 43 students at a teachers college in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero disappeared. From what we know so far, police in the city of Iguala handed them over to a local drug gang, affiliated with the mayor, and they were almost certainly killed.

Public authorities have yet to locate the graves where the students are buried, but in searching for them they have turned up several other mass graves that testify to the gruesome gangland war going on around the city over the past few years.

Mexicans have reacted with understandable horror and nationwide protests against the wave of violence that still simmers in many parts of their country. The political fallout so far has included Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre, who effectively stepped down under pressure.

To be fair, there has been a lot of good news ... Read More

Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant, Pemex, Is in Uncharted Waters

| October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
The New York Times

By Elisabeth Malkin

LA MURALLA IV, Gulf of Mexico — The computer screens lining the bubblelike control room on this giant floating platform monitor pressure levels in a narrow shaft cut through bedrock to a reservoir of valuable natural gas three miles below sea level.

For six months, an international team hired by a contractor for Petróleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state-owned oil monopoly, has been drilling an exploratory well here. Now, the work is nearly done. Drill pipes are stacked like sentries. An underwater robot has been pulled back up from the deep seafloor. A wireline sensor is gathering data to determine how much oil and gas lie below.

An operation like this would attract little attention in the northern part of the gulf, where dozens of deepwater platforms are part of the mosaic fueling America’s energy ... Read More

Faltan las reformas estructurales… en seguridad

| October 24th, 2014 | No Comments »
Excelsior

POR JORGE FERNÁNDEZ MENÉNDEZ

Algo sucedió en la administración federal que la crisis de Iguala, que este fin de semana cumplirá ya un mes, dejó al gobierno paralizado durante días y rompió el ritmo, la imagen, el Mexican Moment del que tanto se habló después de la Reforma Energética y de la exitosa visita presidencial a Nueva York.

Es difícil entender por qué sorprendió la crisis de Iguala. No porque no se supiera de las relaciones de muchos presidentes municipales y policías estatales de la región con los grupos criminales. Tampoco nadie tendría que sorprenderse de que el gobernador Ángel Aguirre le haya fallado a las autoridades federales cuando le pidieron el mismo sábado 27 de septiembre que tuviera el control de la situación y no perdiera de vista al presidente municipal: las lealtades no son su fuerte, y en el PRI lo debería de saber mejor que nadie. Mucho menos tendría ... Read More

El gobierno de Peña parece pasmado

| October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »
Excelsior

POR LEO ZUCKERMANN

Si hay algo que se le puede reconocer al gobierno de Peña Nieto es la disciplina para ceñirse a una estrategia bien pensada. Gracias a eso lograron aprobar importantes reformas estructurales durante el primer tercio del sexenio. No se salieron del guión y eso fue factor clave de éxito. Pero hoy las circunstancias han cambiado y lo que ahora han demostrado es que no son buenos para improvisar. Se distinguieron para seguir a la perfección un libreto, pero han sido lentos para reaccionar si ocurre algo que no estaba planeado.

¿Dónde está el liderazgo del Presidente en estos días aciagos cuando miles de jóvenes salen a las calles demandando la aparición de los 43 normalistas desaparecidos? ¿Dónde están sus dos hombres fuertes del gabinete, los supersecretarios que nos tenían acostumbrados a defender con elocuencia las posturas gubernamentales? ¿Dónde está Miguel Ángel Osorio para estabilizar la grave situación ... Read More

Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Drug Kingpin Captured in Texas

| October 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Bloomberg

By Laurel Brubaker Calkins

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) –The head of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel drug trafficking ring was arrested by federal agents during a shopping trip in south Texas in the latest in a series of arrests this year on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The capture of Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, on Oct. 9 follows that in February of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was the world’s most-wanted drug boss and the alleged head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Hector Beltran Leyva, who allegedly took over a third cartel that bears his family name after his brother, Arturo, was gunned down by Mexican forces in 2009, was captured in a seafood restaurant without a shot fired in the central tourist town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s Attorney General’s office said Oct. 1.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in September that his administration’s security efforts have led to the capture or removal ... Read More

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

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