Seeking Alpha – Alaska Air Group was the winner of new slots to fly into Mexico City from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Jet Blue, Southwest, Volaris also add slots.
Reuters – Eleven bodies were found near a tourist area in the Mexican state of Veracruz on Wednesday, a day after the government said it would send federal police to calm one of the most violent regions of the country.
By Laura Tillman / Los Angeles Times
In December 2012, when Enrique Peña Nieto took office as Mexico’s president, his approval rating was 54%. It was a modest but respectable showing, considering he’d been elected from a four-candidate field with about 38% of the vote.
The central concerns in the country at that time were violence — measured in homicides, extortions and abductions often linked to drug cartels — and the economy. Peña Nieto, who was the reform candidate of the notoriously corrupt Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, promised to address these concerns and promised that his government would be transparent and accountable to the people.
Now, with Peña Nieto two-thirds of the way into his six-year term, many Mexicans believe he has failed on all fronts and been incapable of meeting the new challenge from President Trump.
His approval ratings in polls have plummeted, even falling below 20%. Though many factors drive polls, here’s a look at some of the significant events that turned public opinion against Peña Nieto:
PBS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit “concept papers” to design and build prototypes by March 10,
The Hill – Vice President Mike Pence stressed that Mexico will pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall despite Trump not reiterating the plan in his speech before Congress. Pence said during an interview with “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos: ”We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to enforce the laws of this country.”
NYT – The boll weevil is just one of the many issues that rely on bilateral cooperation between the United States and Mexico, and it embodies, in microcosm, many of the essential qualities of the broader relationship between the two countries: an alliance bordering on codependence despite economic, political and cultural differences.
Xinhua – Mexico will continue to seek investment and export opportunities in China, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said. Mexico and China have “very important trade ties,” stressed Videgaray, “especially due to Mexico’s imports from China, (which amount to) nearly $70 billion.”
Reuters – Mexico’s seven-person telecom regulations board voted on whether to toughen, maintain or loosen rules against America Movil and broadcaster Grupo Televisa, according to the three people, who declined to be named as deliberations were not public. Reuters could not confirm whether they decided to force Slim’s company to separate off part of Telmex. However, two of the sources said they expected the proposal was on the table.
Five Thirty Eight – President Trump has threatened to dismantle NAFTA, to build a border wall and to slap hefty tariffs on Mexican imports, all moves that could hobble Mexico’s economy. While the Trump administration might argue that these policies are more about “Making America Great Again” than hurting Mexico, there is reason for concern that they might hurt the U.S. One risk is that the policies themselves could damage the American economy, for example, through higher consumer prices and reduced trade.
Golf – As the PGA Tour takes its World Golf Championship format to Mexico City for the first time, we offer an in-depth journey on where to play, stay and dine.
NBC – San Francisco leaders moved forward with their own plan to better protect all city residents. Calling it a matter of public safety, District Attorney George Gascon secured his allegiance with Mexico via a memorandum of understanding with the country’s Consulate General. It underscores the two parties’ understanding to protect and provide services to victims and witnesses of crimes, regardless of their immigration status.
Relief Web – Mexico’s historical Maya civiliszation created not only a written language and a binary mathematical system, but also a hurricane warning system that still works today.
Channel NewsAisa – Mexican prosecutors said they were investigating the robbery of more than 1.4 metric tons of silver from the “El Pilon” mine in Jalisco in which robbers walked into the mine and stole 57 bars of silver estimated at a value of more than $800,000.
Fox News – Walmart Stores Inc. won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing the world’s largest retailer of defrauding shareholders in its Walmart de Mexico unit by concealing its suspected bribery of public officials in Mexico. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla said holders of Wal-Mex’s American depository shares cannot pursue claims that Wal-Mex’s former Chairman Ernesto Vega and Chief Executive Scot Rank knew or were reckless in not knowing about the bribery allegations.
NYT – The “disappearance” of 43 students shocked Mexico and much of the world. Earlier, the Peña Nieto administration took steps to mitigate criticism at home and from abroad over its inept handling of the case by allowing that international team, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, to investigate. Now it seems that the government doesn’t care about international criticism of its new hard line, or maybe it anticipates that there isn’t going to be much.
Oil Price – Four years after Mexico’s energy reforms began, Lopez Obrador, who currently polls in first place to be elected for Mexico’s top public office in 2018, is threatening to derail the liberalization and review any contracts that have been signed since the entire process began.
ESNfc – It’s now or never for fringe and backup options for the Mexican national team. With World Cup qualifiers set against Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago at the end of March, many aspiring members of El Tri’s roster now have only a couple of weeks left to impress manager Juan Carlos Osorio.