U.S. presses Mexico to make progress in missing students case

Relatives hold pictures of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College during a march in Mexico City to mark the one-year anniversary of their disappearance Oct. 26, 2015. (Carlos Jasso / Reuters)
Relatives hold pictures of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College during a march in Mexico City to mark the one-year anniversary of their disappearance Oct. 26, 2015. (Carlos Jasso / Reuters)

By Michelle Mark / International Business Times

Mexico must make headway on human rights cases such as an incident involving 43 missing students last year, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged Thursday.

Ambassador Samantha Power met for three days with Mexico’s foreign minister, attorney general and citizen’s groups for judicial reform to discuss security cooperation.

“It is extremely important that progress be made on these cases, some of which are iconic cases but many of which are ones that never make the headlines,” Power said. “(If) resources are dedicated and accountability is achieved, that sends a really important signal.”

Prosecutors have alleged that municipal police in Iguala, Mexico, were responsible for kidnapping 43 college students and handing them over to a drug gang, which killed them and incinerated their remains at a landfill. But an independent group of experts found no proof after six months of investigating that the bodies had been cremated. The incident prompted international outrage and pressure from human rights groups on the Mexican government to launch a new investigation.

http://www.ibtimes.com/us-presses-mexico-make-progress-missing-students-case-2163145

Formula One makes old new again in Mexico

NYT – Even as it continues its global expansion into new territory, Formula One is for the second season in a row reviving a past Grand Prix that had fallen off the calendar in a traditional racing country. After the return of the Austrian Grand Prix in 2014, this weekend the series is coming back to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, where it last raced in 1992.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/sports/autoracing/formula-one-makes-the-old-new-again-in-mexico-grand-prix.html

Miss Mexico to compete in Trump-less Miss Universe

EFE – Wendolly Esparza, winner of the beauty contest title Nuestra Belleza Mexico in 2014, says she has “prepared arduously” to win the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, a contest in which she is eager to compete now that Mexico is back in it following real estate magnate Donald Trump’s departure from the show.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/10/29/miss-mexico-to-compete-for-miss-universe-crown-now-that-trump-is-gone/

Ghost reportedly haunts Mexico City airport

El Mañana – Workers at the Mexico City International Airport have reported the presence of a ghost, a girl of about 7 years ole, roaming a place known as “airplane graveyard”, where they throw the useless parts of aircraft.

http://elmanana.com.mx/noticia/83449/VIDEO-VIRAL-Captan-supuesto-fantasma-en-el-Aeropuerto-de-Ciudad-de-Mexico.html

Mexico to follow global transparency model for new airport work

Activists say data currently available on public contracts in Mexico is incomplete.
Activists say data currently available on public contracts in Mexico is incomplete.

By Michael O’Boyle /Reuters

Mexico’s government, tarnished by a conflict-of-interest row over its links to public contractors, said it would follow new global transparency standards in awarding bids for a $13 billion airport.

President Enrique Pena Nieto told government officials and transparency advocates from around the world that he would increase efforts to shed light on public procurement practices.

The new Mexico City airport will follow the “open contracting data standard” designed by World Bank officials and transparency experts and is the first project of its size to apply the measure, he told a conference in the capital.

As a global standard, it would enable independent auditors to scrutinize better how the project is executed.

Implementing the new standard would be a “paradigm shift,” said Eduardo Bohorquez, director of watchdog Transparencia Mexicana. The measure would require information to be released on the planning, the tender process and implementation.

Public information is currently only available on the tender, and analysts complain data is incomplete.

“Let’s see what happens, but as a starting point this is good news,” Bohorquez said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/29/mexico-airport-idUSL1N12S41220151029

Insider guide to the best of Mexico City

CNN – A city of 20 million, Mexico City is North America’s “maximum city” — one of the most dynamic, fascinating and, yes, enjoyable places on the planet. In the best of Mexico City you’ll find what everyone loves about great urban centers: centuries of history, impressive museums, five-star restaurants, sexy boutique hotels, artsy neighborhoods and lots of great conversation with intelligent locals.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/29/travel/insider-guide-mexico-city/index.html

“Muneca” cartel leader smuggled cocaine for Chapo

La Muneca ArrestFox News – Whoever said drug trafficking was a man’s game probably never met Ana Marie Hernández. Hernández, also known as “La Muñeca,” or “The Doll,” is allegedly a ranking member of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s network and is wanted in the U.S. for purportedly running a cocaine smuggling operation that brought drugs through Texas and to places as far reaching as Florida and Illinois. She was recently captured in the Mexican state of Chihuahua after being on the run from American and Mexican authorities for about two years.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/10/29/mexico-nabs-beautiful-cartel-boss-who-allegedly-smuggled-tons-cocaine-into-us/

Is Mexico’s Guerrero security plan doomed to fail?

Anti-kidnapping unitInSight Crime – Mexico is launching a new security initiative in its most violent state, Guerrero, but doubts persist over its future success. The plan will bring a surge in federal security forces to the state and the creation of an anti-kidnapping unit in Acapulco, as well as a new highway between the Costa Grande and Tierra Caliente regions intended to reduce insecurity by fostering development.

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/mexico-new-security-plan-for-guerrero-doomed-to-fail