Tag Archives: Mexico

Mexico: More than 200 dead in month’s second major earthquake

Source: Luxemburger Wort [Luxembourg]

“A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, killing scores throughout the region, reducing buildings to rubble and sending thousands fleeing in panic during the second temblor this month. The quake ravaged the far-flung region of more than 20 million people, and images showed structures burning and exploding, some suddenly losing integrity and collapsing into billowing dust clouds. At least 200 people were confirmed dead, including 55 in Morelos, 49 in Mexico City and 32 in Puebla, National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on Twitter.” ()9/20/17)


Powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico City, kills at least 60

Source: New York Daily News

“A powerful earthquake rocked Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, collapsing dozens of buildings and killing at least 60 people, according to Mexican officials. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the magnitude at 7.1. and said the quake’s epicenter was near Puebla’s state town of Raboso, which is about 76 miles southwest from Mexico City. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said 27 buildings have collapsed, according to Reuters.” (09/19/17)


Mexico: Nieto vows to defend NAFTA, nation’s “dignity”

Source: Reuters

“Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday defended free trade and young migrants in the United States, saying his government would not accept insults against ‘national dignity’ from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Trade negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are working through the weekend in Mexico City to present more proposals for a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump just this week threatened to rip up. … Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday whether he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was put in place under former President Barack Obama and which protects nearly 800,000 young men and women from deportation. … Trump this week also insisted again that Mexico would eventually pay for his proposed wall on the southern U.S. border to block the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs.” (09/02/17)


The US is fanning the flames of violence in Mexico

Source: CounterPunch
by Edward Hunt

“Mexican President Felipe Calderon went to war against the country’s drug cartels. Although it was unclear whether Calderon was legally justified in launching the internal military campaign, he set aside such concerns and began deploying tens of thousands of military forces across the country, setting off a major drug war. … Right away, the military-backed surge operations had devastating consequences for Mexico. Not only did they prompt a vicious backlash from the country’s drug cartels, but they sparked an increase in drug-related violence, or ‘soaring Cartel-related bloodshed,’ as U.S. diplomats described it. Nevertheless, U.S. officials remained optimistic about the operations. Instead of questioning the logic of legally dubious military operations that were increasing violence in the country, they began thinking that they should help the Mexican government escalate the operations.” (08/22/17)


A kind word on behalf of the Mexicans

Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“‘The immigration problem’ or ‘the border problem’ has been a heated topic of debate and politicking in recent years. (This recent spurt is only the most recent in a series that goes back for centuries in U.S. history.) In large part this debate pertains to the entry of Mexicans, especially undocumented Mexicans, into the USA. For those who support a strong ‘closed borders’ or ‘secure the border’ position, the debate often involves claims about Mexicans — what sort of people they are, what one may reasonably expect them to do if they become residents of the USA, what crimes they have committed or will commit in the future, and so forth. Anyone who is familiar with Mexicans is struck repeatedly by the sheer ignorance and the false claims that immigration opponents marshal in support of their position.” (06/23/17)


Ford to import Focus from China instead of Mexico

Source: Detroit Free Press

“Ford, which was under fire for much of 2016 for its plans to build the Focus in Mexico, said today it is shifting gears a second time and will instead import most of its next generation Focus cars from China in a move designed to improve the automaker’s ‘operational fitness.’ The move is the first major decision since Jim Hackett replaced Mark Fields as CEO of Ford last month. Hackett told the Free Press last week the company is working to figure out the best ways to spend its capital. Today, Ford said it will save a total of $1 billion in investment costs by building the Focus in China by canceling plans for an all-new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.” (06/20/17)


Mexican journalistic idiocy on the drug war

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Mexican journalists are protesting the recent drug-gang killing of Mexican award-winning journalist Javier Valdez, who spent his career investigating and reporting on drug cartels. The protesting journalists want the Mexican government to crack down and bring the killers to justice. With all due respect, that’s just journalistic idiocy. What do these journalists think the Mexican government has been doing for the last decade or so? Playing tiddlywinks?” (05/19/17)


Mexico: Veteran journalist killed in latest wave of Sinaloa slayings

Source: CBS News

“Javier Valdez, an award-winning reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in Mexico. Valdez is at least the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since early March, an unusually high number even for one of the world’s deadliest countries for media professionals. Valdez was shot to death in the early afternoon in the state capital of Culiacan, near the offices of the publication he co-founded, Riodoce.” (05/16/17)


Trump tells Canada and Mexico he won’t terminate NAFTA, will seek renegotiation instead

Source: Business Insider

“US President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that he would not terminate the NAFTA treaty but seek to renegotiate it with them, a White House statement said. The announcement came as White House officials disclosed that Trump and his White House advisers were considering issuing an executive order to withdraw the United States from the trade pact with Canada and Mexico. The White House said Trump spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and that he would hold back from a speedy termination of NAFTA, in a ‘pleasant and productive’ conversation.” (04/27/17)


Mexico: Authorities arrest gangster suspected of killing rival gangster

Source: Los Angeles Times

“A member of a drug-robbery ring suspected in the 2010 shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested deep in Mexico, leaving just one member of the original ‘rip crew’ still at large in a case that highlighted the failings of a gun-tracking operation that let firearms fall into the hands of criminals in Mexico. The suspect, identified by the Mexican Marines only as ‘Heraclio N.,’ was apprehended Wednesday in an area known as the ‘Golden Triangle,’ the confluence of three states where drug cartels control vast stretches of territory.” (04/13/17)