Oxfam says Mexico’s income inequality has worsened

Rich and poorAssociated Press

A new report by the Oxfam aid organization says Mexico’s income has become more concentrated among a few business magnates.

Mexico’s Carlos Slim is the world’s second-richest man, but the minimum wage is just $4.50 per day. Slim’s estimated 5 percent return on wealth alone would pay for 2 million minimum wage workers.

Wednesday’s report says Mexico’s wealthiest 1 percent receives 21 percent of income, and the richest 10 percent have 64 percent of the country’s wealth.

In 2002, four billionaires received 2 percent of Mexico’s GDP. By 2014, their share had grown to 9 percent.

The report is part of a global campaign against economic inequality.


Mexico finds tigers, baboons, camels abandoned by circus

BaboonAP – Mexican authorities said they found six tigers, seven baboons, four camels and three dromedaries abandoned in cages without food, water or adequate care in the southern Mexico state of Yucatan. The passage of laws forbidding animal acts in circuses has raised fears that the exotic species might be abandoned once they could no longer pay for their keep by performing.


Mexico’s 2018 presidential campaign is already underway

Several presidential candidates already have their eyes on Los Pinos.
Several presidential candidates already have their eyes on Los Pinos.

By Tim Johnson / McClatchy

Think the U.S. presidential campaign is long? Look at Mexico. The next presidential election isn’t until 2018, and candidates already are lining up.

President Enrique Peña Nieto isn’t even halfway through his six-year term.

Recent midterm elections displayed the weakness of several major opposition parties and opened the door to independents. As a result, several high-profile politicians have announced that they will seek the presidency in 2018.

Mexicans seem to be heading to a new normal: the permanent campaign.


Mexico threatens to pull Miss Mexico from Trump’s pageant

Channel 4 – The president of the organization that chooses Miss Mexico is threatening to pull the country’s representative from the Miss Universe pageant after its owner, Donald Trump, made negative comments about Mexicans during his presidential bid announcement last week.


Go behind the scenes with Chumel Torres

Chumel TorresPRI – Twice a week in Mexico City, Chumel Torres, a clean-shaven, suited up 32-year-old sits behind a desk, in front of a green screen, and delivers a non-stop rundown of the news from Mexico, Latin America and the world with a heavy dose of satire.

It’s Mexico’s breakout show, in the spirit of Jon Stewart and John Oliver. But you won’t find it on television. Rather, as the media landscape shifts, it’s on YouTube. And that’s just fine with Torres.