Canada seeks Mexico assurances for lifting visa

Globe and Mail – Canada will lift visa restrictions for Mexican travelers effective Dec. 1, providing that President Enrique Pena Nieto offers assurances there won’t be a flood of people from Mexico claiming refugee status. Government insiders say the Trudeau government is prepared to reimpose the restrictions if the number of asylum seekers jumps above a set level.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-seeks-assurances-from-mexico-in-lifting-visa-restrictions/article30570640/

Can Mexico overcome corruption?

Foreign Affairs – Public frustration with government is nothing new in Mexico, where corruption has long undermined the country’s development. According to the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a think tank, each year corruption costs the country between two and ten percent of its GDP, reduces investment by five percent, and eliminates 480,000 jobs from small- and medium-sized businesses. But recently, the Mexican government has begun to act on these issues.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/mexico/2016-06-22/fighting-corruption-mexico

Economic activity in April records biggest drop in seven years

Women make amaranth bars at a plant in Mexico City. (EFE)
Women make amaranth bars at a plant in Mexico City. (EFE)

Sentido Común

The global indicator of economic activity collapsed during April to record its worst monthly performance in over seven years by a contraction in activities industrial and services, a sign of a possible cooling of the second largest economy in Latin America.

The indicator was its second straight setback, down 1.2 percent from March, after it fell 0.2 percent in the third month against the second, said National Institute of Statistics and geography (INEGI).

The decline is the worst April since January 2009 when the global indicator of economic activity fell 2.2 percent by the global financial and economic crisis that hit Mexico, and that gave rise to the period now known as the Great Recession.

“As a result, economic activity reached an annualized growth of zero in the period from February to April, well below the advance of 2.8 percent in the” first quarter of this year, wrote Alexander Cervantes, senior economist at the bank Banorte Ixe in a report.

The performance of economic activity in the fourth month of the year will likely cause the country’s economic growth suffer a slowdown in the April-June period.

http://www.sentidocomun.com.mx/articulo.phtml?id=31163

U.S. freight trade with Canada, Mexico declines

WSJ – Cross-border trade between the North American Free Trade Agreement nations has been slowing as ocean and pipeline shipments of crude oil have plummeted, but the trucking business is holding its ground. Total freight flows across the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico reached $90.4 billion in value in April, down 3.2 percent compared with April of 2015.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-freight-trade-with-mexico-canada-declined-in-april-1466709419

Mexico town buries dead after clashes between police, teachers

The mother of Jesus Cadena, who died last Sunday during the clearing of the highway by police, is comforted by relatives, in Nochixtlan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)
The mother of Jesus Cadena, who died last Sunday during the clearing of the highway by police, is comforted by relatives, in Nochixtlan, in Oaxaca state, Mexico. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

By Christopher Sherman / AP

The small town of Nochixtlan in southern Mexico buried three of its own Tuesday, two days after a clash between police and protesters left eight dead.

Residents in the town in Oaxaca state accused police of opening fire during a confrontation involving protesters and striking radical teachers, killing several people including 19-year-old Jesus Cadena Sanchez.

Federal and state police had moved in to remove a highway roadblock on the outskirts of Nochixtlan on Sunday. By late morning shots rang out. Though who started shooting is disputed, journalists filmed police firing their weapons. Eight were killed and more than 100 injured.

The crowd at Cadena’s funeral was defiant. They blamed authorities and chanted that his death be avenged.

The first step forward could come Wednesday when the Mexican government and representatives of the dissident teachers’ union will hold talks.

The Interior Department said in a statement that the talks will seek to find solutions that allow for a return to peace in regions that have seen turbulent protests recently.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexico-town-buries-dead-after-clash-between-teachers-police/2016/06/21/d75acdac-3810-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html