Vatican Radio – Mexican authorities have captured some of the major leaders of the Mexican drug cartels during 2014, but have been confronted by the worst law and order catastrophe in many years.
By Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times
When a president is in crisis, it is usually a propitious time for political opponents to pounce. But in Mexico, the controversies, failings and crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Peña Nieto have tarred not just his 2-year-old administration but the entire political establishment.
And no political realm has suffered more than the left, some of whose politicians have been exposed as corrupt and in cahoots with drug traffickers.
TeleSur – Mexico has lost $6 billion in the last decade as a result of corruption and misuse of public funds, according to a new study released by the Superior Audit Federation (ASF).
AP – President Barack Obama said that the U.S. has offered to help Mexico figure out what happened to 43 college students who have been missing since September.
Sky News – A Mexican hitman, who claims to have killed as many as 900 people, explains how the police and the military are often involved in the planning and execution of his murders.
By Juan Montes / Wall Street Journal
Mexico’s finance minister bought a home from a prominent government contractor who is at the center of influence-peddling allegations roiling President Enrique Peña Nieto ’s administration, documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal show.
Property records show that the minister, Luis Videgaray, widely seen as the driving force behind Mexico’s recent economic overhauls, bought the house in an exclusive golf resort outside the picturesque town of Malinalco, in the central State of Mexico, from Bienes Raíces.
Bienes Raices, commercial records show, is owned by Juan Armando Hinojosa, whose companies have won hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of public-works projects during Peña Nieto’s time as governor of the State of Mexico and during his current administration.
Videgaray isn’t accused of an illegal act. But the transaction adds to the appearance of conflicts of interest that have damaged Peña Nieto’s credibility and popularity after he came to office promising a break from the clubby practices of his ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party’s past.
It also is a fresh example of the extensive business and personal links between the contractor and senior government officials.
Videgaray, in written response to questions from the Journal, said that he bought the house from Hinojosa in October 2012, a few months before Peña Nieto’s administration took office on Dec. 1. By then, Videgaray was widely tipped as the next finance minister.
“There was no conflict of interest. I did the deal when I was not holding public office, and the deal was within market parameters,” Videgaray said.
Mashable – A man brandishing a Mexican flag stained with blood-red paint disrupted Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance ceremony as the 17-year-old stood on stage.