PL – The Piedra del Sol, the colossal monument that summarizes the astronomical knowledge of the Aztecs before the Spanish conquest, turns 224 years old today.
The Guardian – Mexican federal authorities had real-time information of an attack on a group of student teachers by corrupt local police, but did nothing to stop the disappearance and probable massacre of 43 people, according to new evidence published by the news magazine Proceso.
Financial Times – In Shakespearean tragedies, the second act is often the longest and most painful. Something similar might now be happening to Mexico and its economy as the oil price slumps.
Telesur – Mexico will send army troops to participate in one of the 16 UN peacekeeping missions in progress presently – part of the government’s efforts to step up its positive profile on the international stage.
LAT – An estimated 100,000 Mexican children under 14 pick crops for pay. Alejandrina, 12, wanted to be a teacher. Instead, she became a nomadic laborer, following the pepper harvest from farm to farm.
NYT – Mexico is expected to name a special prosecutor to investigate corruption. That might be what the public demands. What it is getting is a prosecutor with little of the independence necessary to carry out the stated mission.
Bloomberg – Mexico’s top-performing fund manager says the country’s real-estate investment trusts will thrive as the peso weakens — partly because many commercial-building rents are collected in dollars.
Billboard – Vevo’s Mexico service registered over 1 billion views in November, a significant milestone that now makes the country Vevo’s second largest market after the United States.
EFE – Top energy officials for the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to the outlines of a “new roadmap” by signing a 15-point agreement including the promise to exchange information and recognizing the need to work on energy security and environmental policies.
International Business Times – Mexico’s vigilantes are back, and angry. The so-called self-defense groups announced their return in full force — a development that underscores how the security situation in parts of Mexico is still dire.
De Zeen – Architectural licensing bodies in the United States, Canada and Mexico have forged an agreement to allow architects to work across North American borders.
Reuters – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has resumed exports from Brazil to Mexico after a more than three-year hiatus due to weak Brazilian demand and a more favorable exchange rate.
By Richard Marosi/Los Angeles Times – Company stores, called tiendas de raya, are a stubborn vestige of an oppressive past. The country’s export farms have modernized rapidly in recent years to meet U.S. food safety standards and satisfy Americans’ appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables year-round. But the company stores operate as they have for generations: as mom-and-pop monopolies that sell to a captive clientele, post no prices and track purchases in dog-eared ledgers.