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Periscope rules. Chapo-deputy immunity. Zacatecas fiasco.

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 9:09pm

New rules on the table for how government officials can use Periscope, other social media The Mexico City Human Rights Commission, the city Assembly, the mayor’s office and the Public Information Institute will join forces to draft regulations for how public officials can utilize social media while on the job. The proposal will be presented to […]

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Mexico denies serious rights crisis as described by IACHR

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 5:38pm

The OAS rights commission issued a damning report on the human rights situation in Mexico, but the government swiftly denied there was a “crisis.” The report argued that in many cases the government response to accusations of rights violations is militarization which results in greater violence. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights painted a negative […]

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The world ponders a Trump presidency … and shudders

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:58pm

Astonishment and dread seem to be the dominant reactions in the world to Donald Trump’s march to the Republican nomination. Major newspapers from Mexico City to Tokyo are sounding warnings. The Russian press seems to like him, though. So does the French far-right, anti-immigrant National Front. BRUSSELS  — Following Donald Trump’s breathtaking string of Super […]

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CFE ’s Three Card Monte

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 3:14pm

2015 was the first full year during which public power utility Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) operated as a “productive state enterprise”, after enabling legislation was passed in 2014. As such, it divested from the independent system operator National Energy Control Center, ceded its concession to operate a national, optic fiber network, and had an adjustment […]

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Lachapelle: No wall to stop U.S.-Canada merger flurry

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 2:33pm

The depreciation of the Canadian dollar is driving a rise in mergers involving companies in Canada and the United States. Just in the past month, two acquisitions totaling $4.2 billion dollars were completed, making an impact in the pharma and home-improvement industries. Even if Donald Trump wanted to seal off Canada with a great, big wall – […]

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Limiting the Trump fallout (II)

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 2:15pm

Trumping a bully.  Yesterday, I wrote that, if Donald Trump becomes the next President of the United States, Mexico will need to go into damage containment mode. But that would probably not be enough. Mexico might be forced to play some offense, i.e., impose costs on Trump for harassing Mexico and Mexicans. How could that be done? […]

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El Chapo: Hurry up and extradite me so I can get some sleep

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:45am

Once upon a time, neither the Mexican authorities nor El Chapo Guzmán himself were in favor of extraditing the drug lord to the United States. Now they both want it to happen as soon as possible — for different reasons. Jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán wants to be sent to the United States. […]

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Weak peso is keeping Mexican shoppers away from the U.S.

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 8:50am

Who needs a wall? The soaring price of converting pesos to dollars means that Mexicans are crossing the border into the United States much less these days to shop. That may make Republicans happy, but it’s devastating the economy of Laredo and other U.S. border cities. The plunge in the peso has throttled the purchasing […]

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Peña Nieto’s view: Mexico and Trump could work together

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 8:22am

After two former presidents blasted Republican front-runner Donald Trump for his anti-Mexico campaign platform, the current one is taking a more conciliatory approach. President Peña Nieto’s chief of staff is saying that the administration expects Trump to tone it down if elected, and that the Peña Nieto administration could work with a Trump administration. President […]

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Clinton solidifies lead with Super wins in seven states

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 1:50am

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton did not carry every single southern state as she had hoped, but she did widen her lead among delegates. Rival Bernie Sanders surprised by winning four states in the Super Tuesday balloting. MIAMI — Hillary Clinton widened her lead over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders as minority voters helped her secure key victories in […]

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Santos spanks Galaxy as Liga MX flies high

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 1:49am

Half of the Concacaf Champions League semifinals are set and Mexican squads claimed the first two spots. Mid-table Liga MX teams Querétaro and Santos delivered knockout blows to DC United and L.A. Galaxy, respectively, with two more spots to be determined Wednesday. Right about now, MLS president Don Garber is likely paraphrasing Donald Trump, muttering […]

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Bernstein: The most confusing Super Tuesday ever

El Daily Post - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 1:14am

Donald Trump has been declared the clear winner but did he separate himself significantly from his rivals? It doesn’t really seem that way. So how do we read the results of Super Tuesday? We’re going to need some time to digest what happened on Tuesday night on the Republican side. Donald Trump won the most […]

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Nuño fires teachers. Oaxaca finds ‘truth.’ Nestora to be freed?

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 5:15pm

Education Secretary will not change his mind. The teachers he fired will remain fired. Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño insists he will stand by the letter of the law. On Tuesday, a day after announcing that 3,360 teachers would be fired for skipping mandatory evaluation tests, Nuño said the decision “is irrevocable.” “They were given two […]

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Is the Jalisco Cartel trying to make a push into Tijuana?

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:50pm

The growing violence in the border city may derive from the attempt by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to gain control of one the most important drug routes to the U.S. market. Homicides in Mexico’s Baja California nearly doubled during January 2016 when compared to the same month last year, raising speculation the Jalisco New […]

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Pemex, A Faint Shadow of Decades Past

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:15pm

On Feb. 29, state productive (sic) companies Pemex and Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) released their preliminary financial reports for the whole of 2015. In both cases, losses were massive. Today we will focus on Pemex, which seems to have been mauled by a financial grizzly bear. Will it make an Oscar-winning comeback in 2017 or […]

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Limiting the Trump fallout (I)

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 2:45pm

Preparing for the worst.  Yesterday, I discussed the implications for Mexico of a potential Trump presidency. They are rather serious. As such, Mexican authorities should prepare accordingly, even if the likelihood of that scenario is still low. What could they do? Broadly, two things: a) contain the negative effects produced by Trump’s policies, and b) increase the […]

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L.A. Galaxy adds fear factor as it fields a more physical team

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 1:16pm

The Galaxy added brawn to their roster in an attempt to complement their offensive group led by Gio dos Santos, Robbie Keane and Stevie Gerrard. Their new muscle was on display last week in the Concacaf Champions League match against Santos Laguna and MLS teams took notice. The Galaxy will not be a pushover this season. […]

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Budget crunch sinks deepwater projects amid big Pemex losses

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:20pm

On a 13-quarter losing streak, Mexico’s state-owned oil company is now following the global trend of canceling and/or postponing its most expensive projects until prices bounce back. New Pemex CEO José Antonio González Anaya is confident the forced restructuring will make the oil company stronger in the future. Mexico’s state-owned oil company is taking deepwater […]

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Meet three paramedics helping the indigenous get medical care

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 10:08am

Felipe, Omar and Fabián are volunteer Red Cross paramedics in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. A good part of their work is devoted to filling in the cracks within the health system that indigenous people fall into. Chiapas is the most indigenous state in the nation. The paramedics in this video help those whose […]

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Steve Lopez: Trump’s red-meat message is scorned in East L.A.

El Daily Post - Tue, 03/01/2016 - 9:13am

Take a walk around the heavily Latino Eastside of Los Angeles and you’ll find a lot of clear-eyed awareness of the danger posed by the Republican front-runner’s xenophobia, and a sad understanding of why it’s resonating with a significant slice of Republican voters. One thing about Donald Trump. Say his name and you get a […]

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