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Philanthropy Leaders Gather for Annual Summit

Philanthropy Leaders Gather for Annual Summit

The Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) concluded its 7th annual conference in Redwood City, California earlier this month, featuring the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other leaders, activists, and social investors engaged in global causes. Participants examined how their philanthropic efforts can strategically address issues including trafficking, child soldiers, hunger, education, and violent conflict. Looking to the […]

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Juarez: Still Searching for Answers

Juarez: Still Searching for Answers

Officials in the state of Chihuahua recently announced their plans to exhume the remains of more than 4,000 unidentified bodies buried in common graves in Ciudad Juarez, after beginning a similar process in Chihuahua City. Although local authorities deny a direct link to the murders and disappearances of several hundred local women in the past 14 […]

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Latin America in 2007

New America Media has compiled a summary of the top news in Latin America for 2007, ranging from natural disasters and the election of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as President of Argentina, to the failure of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to consolidate his power through an electoral referendum. President Calderon of Mexico also made the […]

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NAFTA and Agriculture: The Effect on Small Farmers in Mexico

Fourteen years after its passage, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is still widely debated, with concerns over issues such as job movement, workers’ rights, and environmental protection. Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Policy Program in Mexico City, testified before the U.S. Congress on December 6th that NAFTA has been disastrous for small […]

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New Leadership at Latin America's Largest University

Jose Narro Robles was named the new rector of Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM). Robles is a doctor who previously headed the university's medical school. UNAM, with approximately 160,000 undergraduates and 21,000 graduate students, is the largest — and often ranked the best — university in Latin America. 

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New Film Examines Contentious Presidential Election

Director Luis Mandoki's latest release, “Fraud: Mexico 2006,” opened in Mexico to large audiences, generating interest and controversy. The documentary suggests that Felipe Calderon defeated Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a fraudulent process that included improprieties at polling places and an unlawful smear campaign against the leftist candidate, Obrador. The film's pro-Calderon critics dismiss it as propaganda, […]

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Calderon Cites "Culture of Machismo"

Speaking at a Mexico City event to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, President Calderon addressed what he called Mexico's “culture of machismo,” acknowledging that millions of women face abuse and workplace discrimination despite the passage of laws targeting gender inequities and violence against women. Earlier this year, Mexico enacted a law […]

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Bush asks Congress to Fund his Mexico Anti-Drug Plan

In an effort to decrease violence and the flow of narcotics into the U.S., President Bush asked Congress this week for $500 million to help Mexico fight drug gangs at home. Bush has worked with President Calderon on the details of the plan, which would send to Mexico equipment such as surveillance aircraft, drug-detection gear, […]

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Beaches in Mexico City?

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is gaining international attention for his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. The Mayor has constructed “urban beaches” and recently removed 15,000 vendors from 87 streets in the city center. He has held outdoor movie screenings and closed major roads to traffic on Sundays in order to make […]

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Fox Promotes New Book

Fox Promotes New Book

Appearing on CNN to promote his new book, “Revolution of Hope,” former Mexican President Vicente Fox offered his views on a variety of issues including immigration and U.S. politics. Though he did not explicitly endorse Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Fox said that more women need to be elected. Referring to his post-presidency, Fox said he […]

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Castaneda at the World Leadership Forum

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda recently addressed the Foreign Policy Association's World Leadership Forum in New York.  Click here to view his speech on U.S.-Mexico relations.

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Fernando del Paso wins Juan Rulfo Prize

Fernando del Paso wins Juan Rulfo Prize

Mexican writer Fernando del Paso has been awarded the Juan Rulfo literary prize, a major honor in Spanish literature.  Born in Mexico City in 1935, Del Paso is the author of Palinuro of Mexico and Noticias del Imperio, among other works.  Though best known for his four novels, he has also had success as a poet, […]

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Proposed Mexico City Skyscraper Would be Latin America's Tallest

Proposed Mexico City Skyscraper Would be Latin America's Tallest

Famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has been commissioned by Mexico City officials to design what would be Latin America's tallest skyscraper at 984 feet.  As the New York Times noted recently, however, the proposed “Bicentennial  Tower” is causing controversy among its future neighbors and city activists who are taking legal action.  If built, the 70-story tower overlooking the city's Chapultepec […]

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Tax and Electoral Reform

President Calderon's bill to reform Mexico's tax system has been approved by the national Congress. According to the Economist, the new tax laws will increase the government's non-oil tax revenue from 10% of GDP to 12% by 2012, resulting in an extra $10.3 billion in federal funds next year.  In order to gain support for his […]

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Calderon to Address World Leadership Forum in New York

Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be honored at the Foreign Policy Association's 8th annual World Leadership Forum in New York City on September 25th.  Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be honored at the New York Democracy Forum Dinner the evening before.  See here for more details, including registration information.

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