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Pena Nieto’s Rankings Take a Nose Dive

On Monday, September 1, President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico will deliver his second annual report to the Mexican Congress. Popular in foreign business and governmental circles, the Mexican president is likely to emphasize reforms he has promoted in energy production, education, telecommunications, security, and tax policy.But in the court of public opinion the President’s…
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The Mission to Mexico: California Governor Jerry Brown’s Diplomatic Coup

Largely overlooked by the U.S. media, California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent mission to Mexico may have recast the future of U.S.-Mexico relationships in a bigger way than any other U.S. leader has achieved in contemporary times. In an agenda-packed tour of three days at the end of July, Brown not only parlayed with President Enrique…
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Indigenous Mexico Rising Again

Representatives of Mexico’s indigenous peoples have issued a new declaration and announced upcoming mobilizations to further their cause.  Unveiled on August 9, the UN-celebrated International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the declaration followed a week-long meeting between the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in the southern Mexican border state…
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Mexican Fracking Foes Lose a Big Round

Mexican opponents of the controversial method of extracting natural gas known as fracking lost an important battle in the Mexican Senate late last week. As part of a 91-26 vote that approved secondary legislation implementing the Pena Nieto administration’s energy reform, most senators rejected a measure that would have prohibited fracking. Prior to the July…
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Mexico: The Politics of a State Meltdown

As a massive federal police and military deployment gains momentum in the Mexican state of Michoacan, polemics and debate shroud the first major such operation undertaken by the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto. At stake in the campaign is not only the reassertion of state power, but also the strategic control of the Pacific…
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Privatize Your Mother!

In a week of unforgettable confrontations, soaring speeches, political showdowns and fisticuffs, Mexican Senator Layda Sansores San Roman of Campeche perhaps gets the prize. Striding to the floor of the Mexican Senate, the woman senator from the Citizen Movement party posed an unusual challenge to supporters of the Pena Nieto administration’s initiative to reform articles…
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High Stakes, Low Turnout Elections

Local politics was overshadowed by non-stop Washington dramas this fall, but important trends emerged and decisions were made in New Mexico and the Paso del Norte borderland that will chart the identity and destiny of the region for years to come. Yet in various contests, it was a distinct minority of the electorate that shaped…
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Columbus Day, Chiapas Style

Tens of thousands of indigenous protestors and their allies in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas took to the streets on Saturday, October 12.  While the date is officially called Dia de La Raza and celebrated as the Latin American equivalent of the Columbus Day holiday in the United States,  indigenous Mayans in Chiapas tagged…
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Climate Whacks Mexico’s Economy

The twin blows of Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel are jolting the Mexican economy. According to the federal Budget and Taxation Secretariat (SHCP), the storms will shave Mexico’s estimated 2013 growth rate from 1.8 percent to 1.7 percent. Federal officials expect growth to pick up pace during the fourth quarter of the year, but…
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New, Old Grievances Rile Border Residents

On Sundays, the Benito Juarez Monument in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez is a popular community gathering spot of goods, services, culture and ideas. Strolling couples, fun-seeking families, brawny bikers, long-haired rockers, and old farm hands known as braceros- a cross-section of border and Juarez society- mill about food stands, leather goods and…
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