Tag Archives: Mexico

Mexico: Torture complaints spike 400 percent for army, federal police

Source: PanAm Post

"The Mexican Army received more complaints of torture in 2016 than in the last six years combined. Both lawmakers and activists spoke out against the disregard President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration showed toward proposals to improve internal security law protecting human rights. According to official data from the National Human Rights Commission, in 2016, there were 15 complaints of torture linked to the army — a 400-percent increase compared to 2015." (03/13/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/13/torture-complaints-spike-400-percent-for-mexicos-army-federal-police/

Mexican negotiator: We'll walk away from NAFTA talks over tariffs

Source: Financial Post [Canada]

"Mexico's top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas on any products from south of the border. 'The moment that they say, 'We're going to put a 20 per cent tariff on cars,' I get up from the table,' Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said in an interview. 'Bye-bye.' This doesn't mean, Guajardo emphasized, that Mexico would be looking to scrap NAFTA. But by saying it refuses to even discuss the kind of tariffs President Donald Trump has long trumpeted, the country is ratcheting up the pressure on U.S. negotiators and effectively daring them to pull out of the 23-year-old pact." (02/27/17)

http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/mexico-warns-u-s-that-it-will-walk-out-of-nafta-talks-if-tariffs-put-on-table

SCOTUS hears case of Mexican teen murdered by US Border Patrol thug

Source: Chicago Tribune

"The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from the parents of a Mexican teenager who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The case could help define when foreigners outside the U.S. have access to American courts. The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in a case that arose from an incident that took place in June 2010 in the cement culvert that separates El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The circumstances of exactly what occurred are in dispute, but what is clear is that the agent was on the U.S. side of the border when he fired his gun, striking Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca on the Mexican side. Lower courts dismissed the parents' lawsuit. The Supreme Court is considering whether noncitizens who are injured or killed outside the United States can have their day in American courts." (02/21/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-supreme-court-mexican-border-20170221-story.html

Border police discover drug catapult on US-Mexico border

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"US border patrol agents have found a medieval-style catapult mounted on the border wall with Mexico, designed to launch bundles of drugs into the US. The device was discovered last week, southeast of Tucson, Arizona, when agents spotted a group of men scattering as they approached. A closer look turned up two bundles of cannabis weighing a combined 47lb (21kg), which had yet to be launched. The catapult was dismantled on the Mexican side. No arrests were made." [editor's note: We don' need no steenkin' ladders! – SAT] (02/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38986804

Mexico: Senator champions bill to stop US corn shipments

Source: KTIC AM 840 News

"A Mexican senator at a rally on Sunday proposed that Mexico stop buying U.S. corn in retaliation for some of President Donald Trump's stances on our southern neighbors. Mexico is the top market for U.S. corn exports with Mexican buyers importing nearly 28% of all U.S. corn sent to foreign markets in the 2015-16 marketing year. CNN reported Sunday during a rally that Sen. Armando Rios Piter, 'who leads a congressional committee on foreign affairs, says he will introduce a bill this week where Mexico will buy corn from Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States.' … DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom noted any effort to shut down U.S. corn exports to Mexico would have a ripple effect across the ag economy. 'We have an oversupply situation,' Newsom said. 'We can't have any threats to demand. Corn's the No. 1 agricultural market that we have. It's not just the grain market. It's all of the agricultural economy is tied back to corn.'" (02/14/17)

http://kticradio.com/agricultural/mexican-senator-champions-bill-to-stop-u-s-corn-shipments/

Mexico: Thousands take to the streets in protest of Trump’s border wall

Source: PanAm Post

"More than 20,000 people in Mexico City participated in marches this weekend in protest of Trump’s border wall. Using slogans such as 'No to the wall' and 'Stop the deportations,' the crowd gathered at the city’s Independence Angel to reject the Republican’s immigration policies." (02/13/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/02/13/more-than-20-thousand-mexicans-took-the-streets-to-protest-against-trumps-wall/

Will Mexico say adios to NAFTA?

Source: The American Prospect
by Andres Lajous

"Now that Mexico has signaled the beginning of a 90-day period for domestic consultations before beginning negotiations with the United States over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the question facing Mexican leaders is whether they should even expect to reach a new agreement. A few weeks ago, the suggestion that Mexico would walk away from NAFTA would have seemed outlandish; for the last two decades, most Mexican political leaders have been fully committed to the agreement. But a number of influential figures, including former president Ernesto Zedillo, have recently argued that Mexico has no hope of reaching a balanced agreement with Donald Trump and would be better off relying on the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to regulate trade with the United States." (02/03/17)

http://prospect.org/article/will-mexico-say-adios-nafta

Fear of Trump move drives cash transfers to Mexico to record

Source: Bloomberg

"Money transfers to Mexico from workers living abroad climbed to a record last year as Donald Trump's election raised the prospect of the U.S. blocking the flow of cash to make its southern neighbor pay for a border wall. Remittances rose 6 percent in December from a year earlier to $2.34 billion, the most ever for the holiday season, according to data released by Mexico's central bank on Wednesday. The increase brings 2016 transfers to $27 billion, exceeding the previous high from 2007, before the financial crisis and U.S. recession." (02/01/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-01/fear-of-trump-drives-cash-transfers-to-mexico-to-record-in-2016

Colombian, Peruvian regimes back Mexican regime in Trump border wall conflict

Source: PanAm Post

"The Presidents of Peru and Colombia expressed their support for Mexico this weekend regarding the wall US President Donald Trump is planning to build along the border to out immigrants. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru and Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia both made statements about the controversial border wall plan at a meeting in the southern region of Arequipa, Peru, during which they called for strengthening the so-called Alliance of the Pacific." (01/30/17)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2017/01/30/colombia-and-peru-back-mexico-in-trump-border-wall-conflict/

How Trump will pay for his useless wall

Source: Liberty Viral
by Carson Seeger

"How the President was going to pay for the proposed wall has always been a source of contention.  During the campaign, Trump boldly and repeatedly said Mexico would pay for any border wall. Well this week, Trump speculated a 20% import tax on Mexican goods outta do the trick! While Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted after both Democrats and Republicans hurled criticism at the idea, that the tax was only one way they could pay for the wall. The wall, which according to Mitch McConnell, will cost approximately $12-$15 billion to build and another $750 million annually to maintain, would be paid for by Mexico as Trump said during his campaign. But by levying an import tax on our third largest trade partner, we would see a price increase in everyday items such as fruit, cars, and electronics which are all produced by Mexico. Economists are calling the proposed tax 'insane.'" (01/28/17)

http://libertyviral.com/how-trump-will-pay-for-his-useless-wall/#axzz4X4tpEDW9