From 2012-2013, Veracruz government gave $34.9 million to shell companies

An investigation was opened into Veracruz ghost companies, but it went nowhere.
An investigation was opened into Veracruz ghost companies, but it went nowhere.

By Arturo Angel and Victor Hugo Arteaga / Animal Politico

Officials close to the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, gave contracts to a network of ghost for the purchase of products to be used for vulnerable companies, but never reached their destination.

The procedure was simple: the start of the presidential term is selected PRI vote promoters are asked to provide signatures used to create new businesses. These companies were assigned a false tax domicile, that no authority reviews.

Once created, the companies were recorded as government suppliers, able to sell items from diapers to cement.

A small group of officials, close to the governor, ensured that contracts are awarded via direct awards or closed tenders. After getting the money, the companies closed.

Veracruz’s government used this same procedure over and over again, spending 645 million pesos ($34.9 million) between 2012 and 2013.

In those years, administration officials in Veracruz Javier Duarte signed 73 contracts for the purchase and distribution of goods which, on paper, would go to people in poverty, victims of natural disasters, children and elderly. But there is no evidence that they were delivered.

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2016/05/desaparece-el-gobierno-de-veracruz-645-millones-de-pesos-entrega-el-dinero-a-empresas-fantasma/

TV Azteca actor Adam Aguilar stabbed to death

Terra –  Adam Aguilar, an actor from TV Azteca, died last weekend when a thief stabbed him on the streets of Mexico City. An effort has been organized in social networks for collecting money for funeral expenses and the transfer of the body to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, his hometown.

http://entretenimiento.terra.com.mx/famosos/adan-aguilar-muere-actor-de-tv-azteca-apunalado-ladron,3f3c71ef00983310d24863f6c59cde15sdnr9s2f.html

6 dead in pair of Veracruz nightclub shootings

AP – A total of six men were killed early Sunday in shootings at two nightclubs in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Three gunmen opened fire from the deejay’s booth at four men sitting at a table in the La Madame club, killing them all. In the other incident, two men died in a gunfight with law enforcement officers at a club in the Veracruz city of Orizaba.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/dead-pair-nightclub-shootings-mexicos-gulf-coast-39294455

El Chapo extradition approved, but delays remain

El Chapo close upBusiness Insider – The Mexican Foreign Ministry has approved the extradition of jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the US to face charges including drug trafficking, homicide, and money laundering in Texas and California.

Coming after two rulings by two Mexican judges, the ministry’s decision effectively clears the way for Guzmán’s transport to a US courtroom. But, as US experts and Guzmán’s own lawyers have said, the kingpin still has means to fight his transfer.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mexico-approved-el-chapo-guzmans-extradition-but-delays-remain-2016-5

Parents, Mexico agree on how to proceed on probe for 43 students

Parents of the missing 43 student teachers have held numerous protests.
Parents of the missing 43 student teachers have held numerous protests.

By Nancy Caouette / Anadolu Agency

The parents of 43 missing students on Thursday held a two-hour meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu in which they agreed to a path forward with an investigation.

Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer for the relatives of the students who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, told reporters that the meeting was “good and productive.”

“We agreed on defining a mechanism whose priorities will be the victims and the clarification of the facts,” Ruiz Massieu said via Twitter.

That mechanism will be defined later this month in Washington at a meeting between representatives of the parents and experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) that investigated the case.

“We found several concordances between the federal government’s positions and the positions we want to present in front of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,” Vudulfo Rosales said.

In addition, independent experts of the IACHR, who left Mexico last month after presenting their final report on the case, will make periodic visits to Mexico to ensure a special follow-up on the official investigation.

http://aa.com.tr/en/americas/parents-mexico-agree-on-probe-of-43-missing-students/575364

Making a noise about machismo in Mexico

BBC – “Machismo has to die,” chanted protesters as they walked through the centre of Mexico City last month. Thousands of people came out onto the streets to say enough was enough. The macho culture is all pervasive in Mexico and many of those at the march think its emphasis on male pride is a contributing factor in the high rates of violence against women that Mexico is experiencing.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36324570

Corruption concerns drive growing distrust

CNS – Mexico’s government faces the lowest level of public confidence seen in nearly a generation, with 61 percent of respondents in a recent poll saying the country is headed in the wrong direction.Polling experts say the problem extends well beyond the presidency to the country’s governors. Public concern with corruption is the highest seen in 11 years, according to the Mexican polling firm, Consulta Mitofsky.

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/mark-browne/corruption-concerns-mexico-drive-growing-levels-public-distrust-govt