Milenio – President Enrique Peña Nieto said that 2014 was a year of “claroscuros” because both significant reforms to the Mexicans were implemented and there were other “difficult and pain” moments such as the Iguala situation, “a fact that we do not want a repeat.”
Economia Terra – Mexico markets rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve expressed confidence in an economic recovery in the United States.
El Informador -Telcel presented users four new and different prepaid plans – ”Amigo Óptimo”, ”Amigo TU”, ”Amigo por Segundo” y ”Amigo On Life’’ – that offer better messaging and social networking terms.
Washington Post – Everybody’s heard about the economic growth of China, India, Mexico and Russia (well, at least, until recently). But it turns out that success has come with a big asterisk: These countries now are the biggest source of illegal money in the world, exporting $1 trillion a year in laundered funds, drugs, and under-the-table payments.
NBC – The hours and hours of waiting at the nation’s busiest border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to a $741 million construction project.
Breitbart – Almost 200 Americans have been kidnapped in Mexico this past year; 79 of those kidnappings took place just south of the Texas border in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas, according to the FBI.
IBT – An armed group believed to be called the Movement of Guerrero captured Mexican reporters and their families, beating several people, a local publication reported Tuesday.
Golf Channel – Tiger Woods officially opened El Cardonal at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, the first Woods-designed course to reach completion. Woods saw three prior designs – in Dubai, in Mexico and in North Carolina – all abandoned because of downturns in the economy.
A federal judge dismissed criminal charges on Monday against two women who witnessed the June 30 army killing of suspected drug gang members in southern Mexico.
Business Wire – InterGen says its Altamira Compression Station in Tamaulipas is now operational. The 40,000 horsepower station will transport up to 1.3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in Mexico’s pipeline system.
PRNewswire – From rich traditions and stunning historical sites to glittery New Year’s Eve celebrations and haute cuisine, Mexico City serves up a cultural escape to make spirits bright for any traveler.
NYT – Raúl Salinas de Gortari, the brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, has been cleared of charges of illicit enrichment, ending his two decades of legal battles over charges ranging from money laundering to murder.
Excelsior – The National Weather Service reported that a frontal system will bring cold to very cold temperatures with frost in the mountainous areas of northern and central Mexico.
Excelsior – The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Jose Antonio Meade said Mexico had “a good year” in foreign policy, despite facing problems such as the Iguala case.
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.