Fusion – The Mexican government has teamed up with several children’s rights organizations to launch a nationwide campaign against “sexting,” the practice of sending and receiving sexually explicit messages and/or images on mobile phones.
NY Post – Americans’ love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico’s pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand.
The Guardian – Mexico’s first lady is using a luxury property in Florida bought by a company that is expected to bid for lucrative government contracts, the Guardian has learned. Angelica Rivera, the wife of President Enrique Peña Nieto, is using the $2.05 million apartment in Key Biscayne, south of Miami Beach, with the apparent blessing of Grupo Pierdant, which is a contender to run Mexico’s ports.
The arrangements echo aspects of Rivera’s purchase of a $7 million mansion in Mexico City from another government contractor, the so-called Casa Blanca scandal.
Vice News – The director of Miss World Mexico was shot dead this weekend after crowning the regional winner for the state of Sinaloa. Hugo Rubén Castellanos Jiménez named Melissa Carolina Lizárraga as Miss Sinaloa. Hours later, the police found the 35-year-old Castellanos dead in the back of a stolen black Jeep Cherokee.
Financial Times – Mexico sold nearly $3 billion of debt at record low rates, as emerging market portfolio managers seek to put billions of dollars that have flowed into the asset class to work.
CNA – After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and closeness to all those affected by the storms.
Terra – Three employees of a polling firm were rescued from a crowd in southern Mexico that savagely beat them after apparently mistaking them for thieves. Centla villagers in Tabasco attacked five employees of the company SIMO Consulting, two women and three men.
La Jornada – The National Sound Archive announced the creation of the Institute for the Preservation and Promotion of Bolero in Mexico, which will seek to have this genre registered by UNESCO among its list of world assets.
By Anthony Harrup / Wall Sreet Journal
The Mexican economy contracted in the second quarter, marking its first decline in three years, as industrial production fell and services remained unchanged from the previous period.
Gross domestic product, a broad measure of output in goods and services, fell 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from the first quarter. The contraction, which translates into an annualized drop of 1.2 percent, was the country’s first since the second quarter of 2013.
Compared with the second quarter of 2015, Mexico’s GDP expanded 2.4 percent, which was above the 2.2 percent median estimate of 12 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal, but down from 2.6 percent in the first quarter.
Industrial production fell 1.7 percent from the first quarter, agricultural output slipped 0.1 percent and services were flat.
Services have been the main driver of growth for at least a year, due to wage and employment gains, as well as low inflation.
Industrial production, however, has been held back in part by weakness in manufacturing exports tied to a sluggish performance in the U.S. manufacturing sector. Government budget cuts resulting from lower oil revenue are weighing on areas such as construction.
BBC – Police in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco say eight people were killed there on Sunday and the bodies of another three found in a shallow grave. The town, which used to be one of Mexico’s most popular tourist spots, is now the most violent city in Mexico.
Telegraph – A 13-year-old rape victim from northern Mexico has been denied her legal right to an abortion after a judge ruled that the sex was consensual, despite medical evidence that she was subjected to sexual violence.
Automotive News – To reach productivity benchmarks at its Mexico factory, BMW will embrace a new and innovative supply chain and logistics plan. The German luxury maker won’t simply transfer its supply base from its other North American factory, which opened 22 years ago in Spartanburg, S.C. And it won’t demand that suppliers serving the South Carolina plant set up shop in Mexico, says Oliver Zipse, BMW board member for production. Instead, it will create a new North American supply base.
VofA – Americans living near the Mexican border have as many different views as those voiced at the recent U.S. political conventions. Some want to continue good relations with Mexico. They want to keep the boundary area secure. They also want to increase business with their neighbors on the other side of the border.
Reuters – The state prosecutor’s office in Michoacan said that nine people were found dead near Pemex pipelines in the municipality of Cuitzeo. Local media reported that the bodies were burnt, and eight were found inside of a charred pick-up truck while a ninth was found close by.
Global Trade – On Friday, July 22, 2016, the United States and Mexico exchanged diplomatic notes to bring their new Air Transport Agreement into force. The agreement eliminates government interference in commercial airline decisions, providing open, unlimited routes between the United States and Mexico. It also expands opportunities for cargo flights between the two countries.
NYT – Eight years after Mexico embraced the fight against climate change, setting off a wind rush in Oaxaca’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec, people in poor, indigenous communities are divided over the benefits of the green revolution.
PanAm Post – Senators of the National Action Party (PAN) have filed a complaint against Humberto Moreira Valdés, the former head of the ruling Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) and former governor of Coahuila. The document lists allegedly committed crimes such as money laundering, unjust enrichment, obstruction of justice, bribing, fraud, and embezzlement of public funds.