After years of drug wars, murders decline in Mexico

The reduction in homicides does not mean Mexico has completely solved its security problems.
The reduction in homicides does not mean Mexico has completely solved its security problems.

By Alan Gomez / USA Today

Murders in Mexico fell for a third straight year in 2014 — the most pronounced declines occurring along the U.S. border — a sign the country is slowly stabilizing after gruesome drug wars.

There were 15,649 people murdered in Mexico in 2014, a 13.8 percent reduction from the previous year and down from a peak of 22,480 in 2011, according to a report set to be released Thursday by the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico Project.

The reductions were steeper along the U.S.-Mexican border. Five of the six Mexican states that border the USA reported a combined drop of 17.7 percent in the number of homicides.

“These data really help to underscore that we’re talking about a sea change in violence,” said David Shirk, co-author of the report and director of the Justice in Mexico Project. “You still have elevated levels of crime, so we still have a long way to go. But there is improvement, and we have to acknowledge that improvement and understand why it’s happening so we can try to further it.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/04/30/mexico-drug-war-homicides-decline/26574309/

Oil plunge might create Mexico City office glut

Office glutBloomberg – Capital Reforma is part of a decade-long building spree that threatens to leave Mexico City with a large surplus of office space as the fall in oil prices undermines the economy. The new buildings, repaved streets and gardens have revitalized this historic financial district, bisected by Paseo de la Reforma. Now investors in the new real estate investment trusts that financed the towers face the prospect of higher vacancies and lower returns.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-29/mexico-financial-hub-faces-office-glut-after-oil-plunges

Ceremony marks Ford production in Chihuahua

Dario – The president of Ford Chihuahua and the governor placed the first stone on the third floor of what by 2017 will be the country’s and the world’s largest automobile complex, with an area of 37 acres and three stories. One million gasoline engines, diesel and hybrid cars will be produced annually for sale in Mexico, USA, Canada, South America and the Asia-Pacific.

http://diario.mx/Economia/2015-04-27_7c7a4a99/tendra-ford-en-chihuahua-su-complejo-mas-grande-del-mundo/

Mexico’s elections: The list of candidates reads more like a TV panel show

Abducted students' families call for boycott as a clown, a footballer and a reality TV star stand in upcoming polls.
Abducted students’ families call for boycott as a clown, a footballer and a reality TV star stand in upcoming polls.

By Duncan Hunter / The Independent

With a football legend, a famous clown, a former Big Brother contestant and several soap stars in the running, the list of candidates in Mexico’s forthcoming elections reads more like the line-up of a television panel show. But the emergence of these maverick contenders reflects a growing sense of disillusionment, which has been compounded by a high-profile movement to boycott the elections.

Enrique Peña Nieto, who has the lowest approval rating of any president in the past two decades, still has three years left in office, but there are more than 1,200 positions at stake in the mayoral and congressional contests to be decided on June 7.

This is the first time independent candidates have been allowed to participate in Mexico, an unwelcome development for the three major parties that have been tarred by years of bloodshed.

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