The CBC News report earlier this week that Canada hacked into Mexican computer networks to gather intelligence is expected to worsen an already tense relationship with a key trading partner.
“This type of cyberwarfare and cyberspying is generally done to countries that are considered your enemy, not your friends, certainly not your partners in a free trade agreement,” said Andres Rozental, a former Mexican deputy foreign minister and career diplomat.
CBC News reported that the U.S. National Security Agency and Canada’s Communications Security Establishment “co-operate closely” on computer network access and exploitation in hotspots like North Africa and the Middle East, but also in friendly nations like Mexico and in Europe.
Those details came out of a 2013 memo, written by the NSA, that was among a cache of documents obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden, and analyzed jointly by CBC News and the U.S. news site The Intercept.
The memo didn’t name the spy agencies’ specific targets in the countries, nor did it detail the tactics used.
Reuters – Mexican state oil firm Pemex expects imminent approval from the U.S. Commerce Department to allow it to swap up to 100,000 barrels of heavy crude for a similar amount of lighter U.S. oil, what could be the latest milestone toward loosening the four-decades old ban on exporting U.S. oil.
Reuters – As Mexico opens up its oil sector to private producers for the first time in decades, the initial set of contracts up for grabs later this year will feature extended exploration periods, the country’s oil sector regulator said on Wednesday.
AP – An arson attack on a subsidiary of a U.S. energy-services firm was part of an extortion attempt, prosecutors in Tabasco said Wednesday. Five attackers forced their way into the company’s yard and burned three trucks.
Out – Luis Gerardo Méndez, one of Mexico’s hottest celebrity commodities, is now busy co-producing Netflix’s first Spanish-language series, Club de Cuervos (set to premiere this summer), which he calls “the House of Cards of soccer.”
Sentido Comun – Grupo Empresarial Angeles, the health, finance, communications and tourism business conglomerate of the Vazquez Rana family, said its subsidiary Real Group Tourism, or TSO, will invest $220 million to open four new hotels in Mexico in the next two years.
Sentido Comun – A coalition of Sinaloa state workers have filed a lawsuit against Jesus Mercado, a Lousiana Aguaculture labor recruiter, for allegedly deceiving the benefits workers would receive for performing temporary work crawfish fishing in Louisiana.
Milenio – The Vidanta Group is investing $200 million to create the first theme park in Mexico for Cirque du Soleil in Nuevo Vallarta, Jalisco. “It will be like Disneyland,” said Norma Preciado, Cirque du Soleil’s commercial manager in Mexico.
El Informador – The Chilean writer Carla Guelfenbein was awarded the Alfaguara Prize for her novel “Contigo en la Distancia.” “What does it mean for me? It means that I know I’m going to a new league,” she said.
Workers at large, export-oriented farms in the Mexican border state of Baja California have led a week of violent protests over low pay, abuses and poor conditions, threatening a harvest that supplies millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to the United States.
Burning tires and tossing rocks at vehicles, hundreds of farmworkers have blocked Baja’s main north-south highway on and off, and as many as 50,000 are believed to be on strike statewide as of Tuesday.
Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said over the weekend that the harvest — and thousands of jobs — were at risk. “If the fields continue without a workforce, the harvests will be lost and that will affect everyone who depends on this part of the economy,” his office said in a press statement.
Many of the workers are migrants from southern Mexican states like Guerrero and Oaxaca who toil at huge hot-house farms just south of Ensenada. Their demands — health care, overtime pay, days off, an end to abuse by field bosses and more pay than the $8 many earn for a full day of stoop-labor — echo those of farmworkers 40 years ago in the United States.
USAToday – There are some vehicles from major automakers that you can buy in Mexico, but not in the U.S. And they are among the most interesting in the world. We picked the seven cars and trucks that you can get there, but not in the U.S.
Reuters – General Motors Co will build its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze small car in Mexico. GM will invest $350 million to produce the Cruze at its plant in Coahuila, as part of the $5 billion investment in its Mexican plants announced last year.
AP – A suspected leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel who was on Mexico’s list of 122 priority targets for arrest was captured. Ramiro Perez Moreno, 34, was arrested without any shots being fired in the city of Nuevo Laredo.
Billboard – Grupero star Javier Rosas is the latest victim of violence in Mexico. The 23-year-old singer was shot in the parking lot of a shopping mall in his native Culiacán. Rosas suffered two bullet wounds and is being treated at a local hospital.