AP – Mexico’s congress has approved a reform that lets some foreign agents carry arms inside the country, a significant change in a nation that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty.
EFE – Two Mexican air force planes collided Saturday during an air show at Mexico’s Aerospace Fair 2015 in the central state of Mexico, causing one of the planes to crash but without anyone being hurt.
Daily Caller – After the tire manufacture Goodyear announced plans to open a plant in Mexico, officials for the United Steelworkers (USW) called the move disappointing but not surprising.
Daily Mail – Mexican prosecutors have launched an investigation of possible criminal conduct in the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly sent to the U.S. to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother.
Breitbart – As U.S. oil companies look south of the border in order to take advantage of the new energy reform, one of Mexico’s sad realities surfaces. Drug cartels have unrivaled control of vast territories in that country and in order to exploit the natural resources, American companies will likely have to deal with theft and other crimes from those cartels just like other companies are already doing. In some cases, they will even have to pay protection money.
The Province – For regular travellers to Mexico, Cancun, Ixtapa, Riviera Maya are popular options, but for those who want a laid-back beach trip with plenty of natural beauty and distinct cuisine, Huatulco, Oaxaca should be next on the list.
Imagen Radio – A young woman of 22 escaped after being held two years in captivity at a laundry, where she was chained and made to iron clothes. She reports being beaten and fed so little she ate the plastic coverings to assuage her hunger.
La Cronica – Seventy-five percent of the more than 1,250 franchises operating in Mexico are of domestic origin, a figure that has reversed from the nineties,. Mexico has the second most franchises in Latin America after Brazil.
El Siglo de Torreon – The head of the National Chamber of the Bread and Allied Industries said 15 percent of Mexico’s bakeries closed during the first quarter due to the new tax on consumption of sweets.
By Emilio Godoy / IPS
Laura Romero has piped water in her home for only a few hours a day, and at least once a week she is cut off completely.
“When there is no water, they send out water trucks. We insist they should mend the leaks in the infrastructure, but they tell us they have to draw up preliminary specifications” in order to calculate costs, Romero, a member of the Frente de Organizaciones Sociales en Defensa de Azcapotzalco (Front of Social Organisations in Defence of Azcapotzalco), complained.
Issues related to availability, quality, pollution, monopoly and overuse are putting water resources under pressure in this Latin American country of 118 million people.
The National Water Resources Plan for 2014-2018 indicates that average natural water availability per capita in Mexico fell from 18,035 cubic metres a year in 1950 to 3,982 cubic metres in 2013.
Nearly 14 million people have no water in their homes. Moreover, 34 million people depend for their water on aquifers that are gradually drying out.
Palabra de Caribe – Even with social programs, in two years the number of Mexicans living in poverty rose half a million, from 52.8 million in 2010 to 53,3 million in 2012. Of this total, 11.5 million were in extreme poverty and 41.8 million in moderate poverty with problems of access to housing, food, education and quality education.
AP – Mexican authorities say they have recovered hazardous radioactive material stolen last week from the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco. The material, Iridium 192, was found sealed in its container on a pedestrian walkway in Cardenas, the same town where it was stolen.
Forbes – Over the last few days Mexican authorities have detained the leaders of both the Juarez Cartel and the Gulf Cartel, groups that have historically controlled drug trafficking in Ciudad Juarez and eastern Mexico.
The bad news is that the splintering of Mexico’s once powerful organized crime groups has coincided with a jump in crimes such as extortion and kidnapping as former cartel enforcers have looked for new revenue streams.
Reuters – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co plans to spend $550 million on a new tire plant in Mexico, a person familiar with the matter said. The Goodyear plant, which will begin operations in 2017, will produce tires primarily for the domestic market.
EFE – A Mexican radio station has appealed a court ruling ordering it to hold negotiations this week with popular news journalist Carmen Aristegui, who was fired after members of her investigative team were accused of violating company policy.
Core 77 – Heineken is rethinking clubbing conventions and design in Mexico City’s newest lounge destination. It created Pop-Up City Lounge in conjunction with the metropolis’ Mercedes Benz Fashion Week set entirely inside two forty-foot shipping crates.
Sentido Comun – As investors brace for the possibility of higher interest rates in the United States, some are seeking refuge in an unexpected place: the Mexican currency – the peso.
Revolucion 3.0 – About 38.765 Mexicans remained without work throughout 2014, which represented 1.5 percent of the unemployed population. The Federal District had the highest rate of people without work for the year.
EFE – The price of Mexican crude oil closed on Wednesday with a marginal decline of 13 cents compared to Tuesday’s close, selling on the international market at $ 52.80 a barrel.