3 reported killed at blast at fireworks factory

AP – An explosion at a building apparently used as a fireworks factory killed at least three people in a township just north of Mexico City. Local media quoted Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Avila as saying three people were killed and two injured in Monday’s blast.


TPP is not a slam dunk in Mexico

PN – The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is generally getting trashed in U.S. presidential election debates, over concerns that it will cost U.S. manufacturing jobs. And in Mexico — which is often mentioned in U.S. debates as benefiting when jobs leave for lower-wage countries — the TPP is not seen as slam-dunk win either.


Border pedestrian bridge project delays feared

San Diego Union-Tribune – U.S. and Mexican authorities said that they are working to address concerns over a possible delay in the opening of a much-needed new pedestrian border entrance in San Ysidro known as PedWest. The entrance’s 12 new lanes are part of a $741 million reconfiguration of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which is scheduled for completion in 2019.


Carlos Vela career with Real Sociedad at crossroads

ESPNfc – While Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and the rest of Mexico’s Europe-based national team members make the long journey to Vancouver to meet-up with El Tri’s domestic-based players for World Cup qualifying matches, Carlos Vela will have time to reflect on a rough last couple of weeks.


Netflix stands by Kate del Castillo

Variety – Netflix is standing by Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo, the mediator in the meeting last October between Sean Penn and Mexican narco kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman which, Mexican authorities claim, helped lead to the arrest of the world’s biggest drug-lord. Originally set for the third week of January, Netflix original series “Ingobernable,” starring Del Castillo as Mexico’s First Lady, will start production this year.


Stop Trump effort gets boost from Mexico’s efforts in U.S.

The government in Mexico City is holding off on engaging the Trump campaign directly until he becomes the nominee.
The government in Mexico City is holding off on engaging the Trump campaign directly until he becomes the nominee.

By Eric Martin and Nacha Cattan / Bloomberg

Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote — presumably against Donald Trump.

Officially, Mexico says it respects U.S. sovereignty and has no strategy to influence the result of the presidential race. Yet Mexican diplomats are mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship, hosting free workshops on naturalization.

“This is a historic moment where the Mexican consulate will open its doors to carry out these types of events in favor of the Mexican community,” Adrian Sosa, a spokesman for the consulate in Chicago, said before an event on March 19. In Dallas, about 250 permanent residents attended the consulate’s first “citizenship clinic” in February and another 150 in its second in March. In Las Vegas, the turnout topped 500.

Underscoring the fine line that separates participation from interfering in another country’s election, Sosa noted that the consulate only hosts the event but it’s community organizations who offer the advice.


Taking a deep dive into nature at Todos Santos

Forbes – Once you spend a bit of time in Todos Santos, you can see why all the saints might want to hang out there. It’s rugged and remote, not too far from the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and imbued with spirituality, creativity and adventure. It’s a 90-minute drive from Cabo but psychologically a world away. The place has soul.


Thousands flock to Teotihuacan to celebrate equinox

Euro News – Visitors flocked to Mexico’s Pyramid of the Sun on Sunday in the sacred city of Teotihuacan, to perform the traditional raising of their hands during spring equinox celebrations. The idea is to receive the first rays of the sun and to gather energy for the year. Believers also say its an opportunity to connect with a forgotten past.


WADA declares Spain, Mexico non-compliant

AP – The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Spain and Mexico to be non-compliant with its regulations after they failed to meet a deadline to make required changes. A non-compliance ruling could suspend work at the Spanish and Mexican national anti-doping organizations and lead to two drug testing labs in Spain and one in Mexico being decertified.