GM to move some truck production to Flint from Mexico

Through April, sales of the Chevrolet Silverado are up 3.6 percent this year, while GMC Sierra sales are up 13.3 percent.
Through April, sales of the Chevrolet Silverado are up 3.6 percent this year, while GMC Sierra sales are up 13.3 percent.

By Melissa Burden / The Detroit News

General Motors Co. plans next year to move some light-duty pickup production to the Flint Assembly Plant from its plant in Silao, Mexico, according to a memo from UAW Local 598 to membership.

“Pulling this work out of Mexico satisfies our customers that want vehicles built in the United States and allows Silao, which is located on a shipping port, to increase volume of other models that are easily exported around the world,” says a May 20 memo signed by UAW Local 598 shop chairman Eric Welter and UAW Local 598 President Ray Gorney.

The Flint truck plant employs about 2,800 workers on three shifts, including nearly 2,600 hourly workers.

A GM spokesman said the company is not confirming any production information or changes in the union memo. Officials from UAW Local 598 could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Flint plant builds heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and light-duty Silverado pickups.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2016/05/26/gm-move-truck-production-flint-mexico/84979274/

Mexico City to distribute whistles to women

TeleSur – In light of a surge in street harassment and sexual assaults against women, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera announced that his administration will distribute whistles to women to alert bystanders and police of a possible threat. The proposal quickly became the subject of ridicule on social media.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-City-Ridiculed-for-Sexual-Harassment-Fight-With-Whistles-20160526-0026.html

High body count points to a Mexican military out of control

In a 2001 shootout in Yurécuaro, Mexican soldiers killed four men said to be members of a drug gang. A bystander was also killed. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters)
In a 2001 shootout in Yurécuaro, Mexican soldiers killed four men said to be members of a drug gang. A bystander was also killed. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters)

By Azam Ahmed and Eric Schmitt / New York Times

In the history of modern war, fighters are much more likely to injure their enemies than kill them.

But in Mexico, the opposite is true.

According to the government’s own figures, Mexico’s armed forces are exceptionally efficient killers — stacking up bodies at extraordinary rates.

The Mexican authorities say the nation’s soldiers are simply better trained and more skilled than the cartels they battle.

But experts who study the issue say Mexico’s kill rate is practically unheard-of, arguing that the numbers reveal something more ominous.

“They are summary executions,” said Paul Chevigny, a retired New York University professor who pioneered the study of lethality among armed forces.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/americas/mexican-militarys-high-kill-rate-raises-human-rights-fears.html

Lawyer demands networks pay for use of Chapo’s name

AP – A lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said he will sue television networks if they air a new series on the imprisoned Mexican drug lord’s life without paying him. Netflix and Univision will co-produce the drama series “El Chapo,” set to air in 2017. The announcement used only the nickname “El Chapo,” and said the series is “based on the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals.”

http://www.news1130.com/2016/05/25/lawyer-for-mexico-drug-lord-demands-payment-from-us-networks/

Arca Continental to bottle Coke in southwest U.S.

WSJ – Coca-Cola Co. said it plans to transfer its soda manufacturing and distribution in Texas and parts of Oklahoma to a joint venture headed by Mexico’s Arca Continental. The letter of intent with Arca, Coke’s second-largest bottler in Latin America, comes as Atlanta-based Coke accelerates efforts to divest plants and trucks in order to focus on marketing and its more profitable concentrate business.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexicos-arca-continental-to-bottle-distribute-coca-cola-in-southwest-u-s-1464218756

On the Mexico border, a surge of migrants expected before a “Trump wall”

Mexicans paint graffiti on a portrait of Donald Trump on a section of border fence.
Mexicans paint graffiti on a portrait of Donald Trump on a section of border fence.

By Joshua Partlow / Washington Post

To save time, Adriana Zavala would take a shortcut down an empty lane on the way to school, until the afternoon last September when the tattooed Salvadoran gangsters blocked her way.

The threats she began receiving that day — sell our drugs to your classmates or we’ll rape you — propelled the teenager, her father and 13-year-old sister to begin a five-month odyssey from El Salvador that has ended, for now, in McAllen, Texas. They are among thousands of migrants arriving at the U.S. border in what authorities fear could be another surge of Central American families.

On the U.S. campaign trail, illegal immigration is a hot-button topic, with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, vowing to build a 1,000-mile border wall. But along this stretch of Texas border, where migrants climb over and walk around existing fencing, such proposed solutions tend to draw scorn, even from Trump fans. And the politician’s tough talk, people here say, might actually be attracting more migrants.

Although the overall number of migrants apprehended along the border this year has not yet reached the proportions of the 2014 flood of Central Americans, some believe that could happen, with a summer surge before the presidential election in November.

“We’re definitely on track to catch up to it, which is not a good thing,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent and union representative here. “The political climate has a lot to do with it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/on-the-mexico-border-a-surge-of-migrants-ahead-of-a-possible-trump-wall/2016/05/24/7db4e742-1c7c-11e6-82c2-a7dcb313287d_story.html