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“Revving Up” Expectations

“Revving Up” Expectations

“Every day along the world’s busiest border, an expensive and time-consuming pantomime is acted out.” So begins the Economist’s coverage of the trucking agreement recently announced between Mexico and the United States. From that smart opening line the paper slips into an uncharacteristic fit of naïveté, arguing that Mexico stands …

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Mexico’s Manufacturing Revival

Mexico’s Manufacturing Revival

Maquiladora factories symbolize Mexico’s economic integration with the United States. While lower wages in China lured away many clothing, toy and TV outfits, today a manufacturing revival is evident in Mexico. Factories are humming at full tilt; some are expanding operations. This news carries two surprises.
First, Mexican manufacturing is …

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Georgia, Rotting on the Vine

Georgia, Rotting on the Vine

I was born in Georgia. Edilberto was not, but he has toiled in Georgia’s onion fields for the past 16 years. By all signs, he has led a contented, albeit hard, life in the state where his three children were born. Now though, he is planning to move to North …

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Mexico Today

Mexico Today

I’m thrilled to join Mexico Today, a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and tourist destination. Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work as a Community Manager for México Today, whereby I will generate content and manage other contributors. …

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"The War on Drugs Has Not, and Cannot, Be Won"

The Global Commission on Drug Policy releases a study today that is unusually stark: “global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.”  It contends the “war on drugs” strategy needs to change by focusing more …

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Potential IMF Chiefs Visit Brazil

Potential IMF Chiefs Visit Brazil

Christine Lagarde visited Brazil on Sunday to buoy her candidacy for the IMF’s top post. At a press conference Lagarde stated: “I will ensure that the Fund represents the diversity of all its members.’’ She went on to indicate that a …

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Calderon’s Churchill Moment?

Calderon’s Churchill Moment?


In what was one of his longest speeches to date, last Friday Mexican President Felipe Calderón gave a resounding defense of his administration’s battle against organized crime and sought …

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Will Mexico’s Top Banker Be the Next IMF Chief?

Will Mexico’s Top Banker Be the Next IMF Chief?

Agustin Carstens, Mexico’s central bank chief and possibly Michael Moore’s long lost brother, is the first official nominee for the post held until last week by Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Since its inception in 1945, the IMF has had a European as …

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Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

“Making Markets Work for Small-Scale Farmers” will air as a live video stream on May 25. Here is the link: http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/key-issues/market-governance/provocation-series-making-markets-work-for-smallhol The series is sponsored by the UN Research Institute for Social Development, the International Institute for Environment and Development, Hivos and Mainumby. This …

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Dying Languages in Mexico and Colombia

Dying Languages in Mexico and Colombia

The total number of Ayapeneco speakers remaining in Mexico: two.  The men live some 500 meters apart in the tropical lowlands of Tabasco state. But Manuel Segovia, 75, and Isidro Velazquez, 69,

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Roundup: Calderon, Obama, Slim Shady

Roundup: Calderon, Obama, Slim Shady

Earlier this week President Calderón appeared on the Charlie Rose Show. In his usual technocratic fashion, Calderón ticked off the security challenges posed by drug violence in Mexico, then detailed the countermeasures: taking on the criminals, building better law enforcement institutions, and addressing …

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March for Peace, May 8

March for Peace, May 8

Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, father of slain Juan Francisco, will headline a massive protest against the government’s drug war strategy tomorrow. The first protest took place on May 5 in the city of Cuernavaca, not far from where Juan …

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68 Rescued in Tamaulipas

Of the 68 people rescued in the northern state of Tamaulipas on Wednesday, 12 are migrants from Central America. According to their accounts, gunmen identifying themselves with the Gulf Cartel seized the group off an autobus. Tamaulipas has been in the …

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Mass Murder in San Fernando

Mass Murder in San Fernando

San Fernando is quick becoming the murder center of Mexico. In recent days the bodies of 145 people have been uncovered, most in mass graves, about an hour-and-a-half drive south of Brownsville, Texas. Mexican federal investigators expect more bodies …

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The Zetas, Sinaloa Tap New Sources of Revenue

The Zetas, Sinaloa Tap New Sources of Revenue

As pointed out by an article in World Politics Review, Mexico’s major drug gangs are being squeezed between the “war on drugs” and the global economy, forcing them to turn over a new leaf.  So it seems they are looking to generate revenue by stealing legal commodities.
Oil tapping is perhaps …

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