President Barack Obama sought to reassure his counterparts in Canada and Mexico Wednesday that a potential Donald Trump presidency wouldn’t throw cross-border ties into turmoil, even as he pushed back on the GOP candidate’s platform.
Expressing confidence that immigration wouldn’t be shut off and trade deals would persist, Obama argued against the type of protectionist policies that Trump has espoused on the campaign trail. And he cast the presumptive GOP nominee as a failed historical archetype.
“We’ve had times throughout our history where anti-immigration sentiment is exploited by demagogues,” Obama said. “The language is identical. But guess what? They kept coming, and they kept coming because America offered possibility for their children and grandchildren.”
Convening a final North American leaders’ summit even as the U.S. presidential contest throws crucial cross-border issues into dispute, Obama and his counterparts discussed trade, security and climate change during a day of talks in the Canadian capital.
TeleSur – Mexico’s Supreme Court threw out a proposal to legalize abortion on Wednesday in favor of upholding a longstanding ban that criminalizes women. Women who seek illegal abortion under the nationwide ban could face up to five years in prison under the current penal code.
The Guardian – Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi religious site at the remote mountain shrine known as Mayonihka or Mexico Chiquito. A researcher who interviewed some of the attackers said they identified themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses and viewed the altars as blasphemy. However, the spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mexico said that the allegation appeared to be false.
Fox News – The original popcorn, made from the first kinds of maize whose kernels puffed up when put to the fire, originated in Mexico and is in danger of extinction, something entrepreneur Rafael Mier is fighting to prevent with an agricultural project based on a heritage seed bank.
Sentido Comun – Mexico’s government announced a rise of 1.8 and 2.4% for the price of Magna and Premium gasoline respectively, after the weakness of the peso against the dollar and recent increases in international oil markets.
Sentido Comun – Camlin Fine Sciences (CFS), an Indian chemical company focused on antioxidants, has acquired a majority interest in the Mexican company, Dresen Química, with which it seeks to boost its expansion into the Central American and Andean markets.
Sentido Comun – InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, a British hotel company, forged an agreement with the Mexican company Alkoer to develop two Staybridge Suites hotels in Silao and Irapuato, Guanajuato.
Sentido Comun – Chiapas state could run out of gasoline today because of the sharp shortage that exists after the roadblocks in Oaxaca, preventing the arrival of fuel to the neighboring southern state.
Sentido Comun – LMI Aerospace, a US supplier of components and engineering services for the aerospace industry, will transfer its production line of sheet metal to its plant in Mexicali, after the closure of the manufacture of these products in their plant in Wichita, Kansas.
The battle over education in Mexico has suddenly turned literal.
Violent protests have claimed the lives of at least nine people in little more than a week, littered the roads with the charred remains of cargo trucks, and tapped a deep vein of anger and mistrust toward the government.
After government forces clashed with demonstrators in the town of Nochixtlán last week, the protest movement appears to have gained steam, plunging President Enrique Peña Nieto’s signature education changes deeper into controversy.
In recent days, thousands of students in Oaxaca have joined their teachers in the streets for the first time to rail against the government, and many adults once ambivalent about the teachers’ cries of injustice have also taken up the cause.
The violence touched a raw nerve in Oaxaca, which, despite a thriving tourism industry, is one of the poorest and most volatile states in the country. The government’s response to the protests has amplified a belief that the education reforms are just the latest effort by Mexico City to marginalize the people here and deprive them of their rights and dignity.
In most of the country, the president’s push to revamp the schools has found broad acceptance. Government officials and supporters of the overhaul point out that the resistance has been almost entirely concentrated in four southern states, especially Oaxaca, and involves only a small fraction of the nation’s education employees.
It has long been one of the worst-performing public education systems of the world’s largest economic powers. According to a January 2015 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mexico’s academic achievement ranked last among the group’s 34 member states.
Reuters – A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City, but officials reported there were no immediate reports of damages.
Bloomberg – Mexico enacted legislation in April allowing companies other than state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos to import fuel for the first time since the 1930s. Mexico has since awarded permits to import a combined 853 million barrels of gasoline and diesel. No fuel has been brought in using those 12-month permits, however.
Gulf News – Mexico’s police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International wrote in a damning report released on Tuesday.
BBC – Mexican experts say they are completing work on digging up fossilised bones of a mammoth found near Mexico City. The bones are believed to be about 14,000 years old and were scattered, suggesting the mammoth had been cut up by humans for its meat and pelt.
USGS – Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Louisiana State University have identified a new genus and species of cavefish from Mexico, the Oaxaca Cave Sleeper, which is the first cave-adapted sleeper goby to be found in the Western Hemisphere.
Eurekalert – The 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic — responsible for more than 17,000 deaths worldwide — originated in pigs from a very small region in central Mexico, a research team headed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is reporting.