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UN investigator outs Mexico’s effort to whitewash torture report

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez released a letter on April 1 alleging the Mexican government tried to pressure him into changing his report.  (Photo: UN / Mark Garten)

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez released a letter on April 1 alleging the Mexican government tried to pressure him into changing his report. (Photo: UN / Mark Garten)

Special rapporteur: Human-rights violations go virtually unpunished

Elisa Vásquez | Pan Am Post

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez says he was pressured by the Mexican government to alter the results of an investigation that determined torture in the country is “widespread” and goes virtually unpunished.

Ciudad Juárez: Bad day or a new bloodbath?

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In one of the bloodiest days in the last year or more, nine people were murdered Monday, May 26, in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. In separate incidents, guns, knives, hammers and possibly bare hands were the instruments of homicide.

New era for Mexico: Congress passes energy reform bill

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

(Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

Danielle Restuccia | Voxxi

After 75 years of state control, the oil and gas market in Mexico is open for business with the passage of the energy reform bill by its congress.

Lawmakers in Mexico’s Congress passed a historic energy reform bill Thursday, after the bill first cleared the Senate on Wednesday of last week. The new energy bill opens up Mexico’s gas and oil resources to private companies, turning on its head the 75-year monopoly that state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has had in the industry.

Fiefdoms of narco death

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When Enrique Peña Nieto assumed office as Mexico’s new president in late 2012, an expectation floated in the air of a reduction in the narco violence that marred the country during the presidency of Felipe Calderon.

Yet an investigation by a Tijuana weekly contends that exactly the opposite has happened.

New, old grievances rile border residents

The activists passed out literature, signed up new members and stringed rows of posters across the base of the monument to Mexico’s most revered president that assailed the policies of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his packet of labor, education, energy and tax reforms.

Kent Paterson

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On Sundays, the Benito Juarez Monument in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is a popular community gathering spot of goods, services, culture and ideas.

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Protesters in Mexico City gather on August 21 to denounce the education reform policies of President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Photo courtesy of Trojan Aeneas under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Protesters in Mexico City gather on Aug. 21 to denounce the education reform policies of President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Photo courtesy of Trojan Aeneas under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Protesters denounce reforms

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Protesters in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy of Trojan Aeneas.)

Protesters in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy of Trojan Aeneas.)

Less than one year after taking office, the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto faces serious challenges to its core policies. Leading the opposition are tens of thousands of public school teachers protesting the new No Child Left Behind-like law they contend will cost jobs,  aggravate educational inequities and lead to privatization.

The protest, which counts months now, is expanding in both scope and participation and more and more assuming the character of a multi-issue popular movement.

Increasingly, the teacher protest is transforming from a single-issue opposition to the education reform into a broad movement against the cornerstones of the Pact for Mexico, the political program promoted by President Peña Nieto and the leaders of the Big Three political parties, which implements controversial educational, labor, energy and taxation reforms.

War or peace in Mexico?

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Do messages attributed to three Mexican underworld organizations portend war or peace? Retrieved by Mexican soldiers, three so-called narco-banners displayed last week in the southern state of Guerrero and purportedly signed by three groups — the Gulf cartel, La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar — announced not only a truce among the signatories, but also a new “brotherhood” against the rival Los Zetas organization.

Mexico remembers 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre

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For the first time, the Mexican flag at the Chamber of Deputies building in Mexico City flew at half mast Oct. 2 in commemoration of the students gunned down by Mexican security forces in the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968. 

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