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Crime in Mexico: 8500 Homicides in First Quarter of 2019

April 15, 2019

As President Trump declared a national emergency over the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border, our southern neighbour Mexico is on track to record its most violent year on record, according to security experts.

The first quarter of 2019 would also be the most violent first three-month period of any year since the SESNSP started recording comparable statistics in 1997.


“With these statistics, we can see that the incidence of intentional homicides is not being reduced or contained, which has been identified as a priority objective in the security strategy of the current government,” explained Ricardo Márquez Blas, a high-ranking security official in an interview with Mexico News Daily.




war zone south of our border


Hmm... even without an enormous wall, there still isn't a warzone in the southern USA! How can this be? 


Still, Millions of terrorists might be crossing that border every day for all I know! (I haven't done any research).


Someone needs to spend $Billions so I feel like "something is being done". Some guy on twitter has assured me that building a big wall is the best way to deal with things, and I'm definitely not going to read anything longer than 40charactrs before I make up my mind on this!




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Mexico first to ratify USMCA trade deal, Trump presses U.S. Congress to do same

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Wednesday became the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreed late last year to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at the behest of U.S. President Donald Trump.

By a vote of 114 in favor to 4 against, Mexico’s Senate backed the deal tortuously negotiated between 2017 and 2018 after Trump repeatedly threatened to withdraw from NAFTA if he could not get a better trade agreement for the United States.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had already anticipated ratification this week in the Senate, where his leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and its allies have a comfortable majority in the 128-member chamber.

There has been little parliamentary opposition in Mexico to trying to safeguard market access to United States, by far Mexico’s top export destination, and the trade deal was approved with overwhelming cross-party support in the Senate.


Miguel Angel Lopez, Dave Graham


Read more: https://www.reuters....e-idUSKCN1TK2U3




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Mexico City Is Proposing To Build One Of The World's Largest Urban Parks






(Ensia) February 7, 2020 — Walking along the edge of a seasonally dry lakebed on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City, there is near perfect silence except for the occasional airplane that flies overhead.


These planes flying out of a nearby airport are a reminder of the estimated US$13 billion international airport that had been planned and partially constructed on top of the seasonal wetlands native to this place. Then, in 2018, Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, canceled the project and moved forward with plans to construct what would be one of the world’s largest urban parks instead. Experts from around the world hope the project, if successful, will serve as an example to other cities of what is possible in the fight against climate change.


Turning Back the Clock


The size of the proposed park is nearly unfathomable from ground level, covering 12,300 hectares (30,394 acres) and stretching 16 kilometers (10 miles) from end to end. That’s about the size of 36 New York Central Parks or more than twice the size of Manhattan.


The government and the architect behind the park, known as Parque Ecológico Lago de Texcoco, see great potential in the park — particularly in the face of mounting water shortages, floods and climate change. They view this mega project as one that could turn back the clock on disruptions to the region’s water systems dating back to Hernán Cortés and the Spanish siege of Tenochtitlan in 1521.

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Mexico Business Bailout






MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday there will be no huge economic stimulus program as the country faces the threat of coronavirus-induced crisis almost certainly unlike any it has seen in the past century.


Instead, the administration will expand social programs, continue to prop up the heavily indebted state-owned oil company, deepen the government’s austerity campaign and do everything possible to avoid taking on more debt. 


“There is a lesson that we have learned well and that we don’t forget,” López Obrador said to an empty and echoing National Palace patio. “An economic model that only benefits minorities does not yield general well-being, but on the contrary engenders public misery and violence.” 


The economic reactivation plan remains consistent with his administration’s priority of helping Mexico’s most vulnerable through greater public spending on social welfare, keeping people employed and cutting costs in the sprawling government, he said.


As an example, he said the top level of government bureaucrats —from undersecretaries on up to him— will have their salaries reduced and give up their annual year-end bonuses.

López Obrador promised to create 2 million new jobs over the next nine months, a seemingly incredible goal in a stagnant economy, and he gave no details on how he would do it.


I wonder if countries on the periphery have as much latitude as countries like the United States or China, or federations like the European Union.  I suspect they may need to be more careful with anything resembling "quantum easing of their money supply."   Given the relative past weakness of their currency, I would think that they can more easily trigger inflation or even hyper-inflation.  A greater degree of austerity might very well be tempting, which can only hamper recovery, even as it helps to stabilize the currency.  A difficult needle to thread.

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Robbers escape by air after stealing gold bars from Canadian mine in Mexico


Makes you wonder what sorts of skills and experience a person has to find themselves with to seriously consider playing Payday irl. 

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