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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Visits Mexico

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Visits Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon played host to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet last week in an effort to strengthen relations and encourage regional integration.  The two agreed to form an advisory council for the Strategic Association Agreement, or AAE, which was signed in January 2006 by their predecessors, Vicente Fox and Ricardo Lagos.  In addition to economic […]

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Julio Moreno on Mexico

Professor Julio Moreno, Coordinator of Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco, spoke at the World Affairs Council of Northern California on March 6th. His talk, Mexico: Neighbor in Turmoil, can be downloaded here. Moreno is the author of Yankee Don't Go Home!: Mexican Nationalism, American Business Culture, and the Shaping of Modern […]

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Abortion Bill in Mexico's Senate

Mexico's Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) has proposed a bill in the national Senate to legalize abortion within the first three months of pregnancy.  Currently, Mexican law only allows for abortion in cases of rape or when the mother's life is in danger.  The PRD has also proposed legalizing abortion in Mexico City, which is a […]

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Civil Unions in Mexico City

A new law took effect in Mexico City on March 16th allowing same-sex couples to unite in civil unions, giving them many of the social benefits such as property, pension and inheritance rights that are enjoyed by heterosexual married couples.  The civil union law does not, however, allow the couples to adopt children.  The Catholic […]

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Bush Concludes Mexico Trip

Bush Concludes Mexico Trip

The impact of President Bush's Mexico visit remains to be seen, but while some are hopeful for immigration reform and increased emphasis on the region during the remainder of his presidency, expectations are not very high.  Though some see Mexican President Calderon as a potential counter to leftist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, it is not […]

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Bush and Calderon Meet in Mexico

Bush and Calderon Meet in Mexico

President Bush concluded his Latin America tour with a meeting in Mexico with President Felipe Calderon — their first meeting since Calderon took office in December.  Bush has been the target of demonstrations throughout his trip, and many in Mexico are disappointed in the Bush Administration's policies, particularly as they relate to immigration, as well […]

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Wal-Mart Impacting Mexican Retail Sector

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart now accounts for half of all retail sales in Mexico.  Wal-Mart de Mexico reported net sales in 2005 of $164.3 billion pesos (or $15.4 billion U.S. dollars). The American retailer has expanded to several countries, and its success in Mexico has encouraged it to seek out other developing […]

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Fox in Texas

Fox in Texas

    Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke on a wide range of issues at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas last week. Addressing his disapproval of the U.S. plan to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Fox took an historical approach, saying that walls “didn't work” in Berlin and China. In addition to immigration […]

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Bush Visiting Latin America

President Bush is embarking on a trip to Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Colombia in an effort to re-engage the region.  The visit comes on the heels of newly announced aid to Latin America, but many in the region have concerns about U.S. policy and the direction of U.S.-Latin American relations.  Protesters in Brazil, the President's […]

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