HNGN – The green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) of Florida and Mexico are now classified as “threatened” instead of “endangered,” a positive step forward for conservationists that have been working hard for decades to save the dwindling populations of the sea creatures.
Soccer America – Leonardo Cuellar, the former Mexican national team captain who built Mexico’s women’s program into a regional power, stepped down as head coach after 18 years.
Market Watch – Brazil stock exchange and futures-market operator BM&F Bovespa said it acquired a 4.1 percent stake in its Mexican peer, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, in a deal worth around 136 million reals ($37 million).
AP – Mexico City authorities doubled the number of cars that must stay off the streets Wednesday as the city headed into a second day of a pollution alert decreed because smog is at 1½ times acceptable limits.
LAT – In the last few years, mescal, a centuries-old distillate of agave consumed predominantly by Mexicans, has found an international audience. It’s stirred and shaken by mixologists from New York to Berlin, who prize its complexity, which derives from the traditional methods that artisans still utilize.
By Christopher Woody / Business Insider
In 2015, a Mexican contractor — and a close friend of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto — moved roughly $100 million into accounts outside the country amid a corruption probe, according to details posted online by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
The documents describing the transactions — which Business Insider has not seen — were part of a massive trove of financial documents revealing the offshore holdings of public officials, businesspeople, and other celebrities.
The records leaked by an international group of media outlets come from the Panama-based international law firm Mossack Fonseca, a global firm that also provides trust services and appears to have many high-profile clients.
One of those clients, Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, the contractor in question, enlisted Mossack Fonesca to have him create trusts for accounts worth $100 million after he was investigated for allegedly giving special favors to the Mexican president and his wife, according to an analysis of the documents by ICIJ.
That contractor’s companies have won more than 80 government contracts and received at least $2.8 billion in state money, The New York Times reported last year.
A + – The Mexican national soccer team has released a video as part of its “Let’s Hug for Soccer” campaign to promote tolerance among its fans. The video is helping Team Mexico take on the use of the word “puto,” a Spanish term that many equate to the anti-gay slur, “faggot.” It is regularly chanted during soccer matches.
By Oscar Balderas and Nathaniel Janowitz / Vice News
An imprisoned Colombian hacker, Andrés Sepúlveda, claims he fraudulently helped Enrique Peña Nieto win Mexico’s 2012 presidential election, as well as manipulate elections in eight additional countries across Latin America.
Sepúlveda’s interview with Bloomberg Businessweek caused a stir throughout Latin America, as well as the United States, particularly for the alleged involvement of Juan Jose Rendón, a Miami-based political consultant who, Bloomberg wrote, has been called the Karl Rove of Latin America for his dark influence on right-wing politics.
And according to the campaign manager for the candidate whom Peña Nieto beat, cybercrimes of the sort Sepúlveda alleged are still happening in Mexican politics.
Fox News – Argentine forensic experts who have studied a dump in southern Mexico where government officials claim the bodies of 43 missing students were burned said that results from a new investigation are incomplete and inconclusive.
AP – Government experts have found evidence of a large fire in which at least 17 bodies were burned at a dump in southern Mexico, a member of the investigating team said, in the latest twist in the case of 43 missing teachers’ college students.
Daily Beast – “Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war,” wrote Norman Mailer in Armies of the Night. That phrase, applied to Vietnam almost 50 years ago, has come back into my head any number of times during the eight months of the last year I’ve spent covering the Mexican drug war.
For most of that time I’ve been on the front lines of the conflict—often in and around the sun-scorched and cartel-dominated valley called Tierra Caliente—where the daily suspension of one’s reasoning faculties can be a useful coping mechanism.
Even so, at times I’ve found it very hard to support the Mexican government’s increasingly surreal approach to drug war tactics and strategy.
Reuters – Mexico’s finance ministry said it expects to cut spending by a further 175.1 billion pesos ($10.10 billion) as low oil prices keep pressure on the budget. The ministry expects economic growth at a range of 2.6 to 3.6 percent in 2017.
Business Insider -The head of Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat said in an interview that Mexico had made a mistake in deploying the military as part of the country’s war against drug cartels and organized crime.