Trade Profile: Mexico Focuses on the United States

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June 19, 2017

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  Economic Background:  The United States defines Mexico’s trade strategy. Its proximity to and free trade agreement with the world’s largest market — and the generator of 25 percent of global gross domestic product — is Mexico’s main advantage over its peers in the developing world. And its abundant, comparatively cheap labor pool gives the […]

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Argentina: A New Political Party Further Divides the Opposition

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June 16, 2017

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Another party opposed to Argentine President Mauricio Macri is joining the country’s October elections. On June 14, former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced the creation of the Citizen’s Unity Party, which will take part in the contest for Congress on Oct. 22. Fernandez said the party was created to oppose Macri’s economic policies. She […]

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Venezuela’s Ruling Party Faces Rebellion From Within

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June 14, 2017

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Over the past two years, Venezuela has sunk into a deep economic crisis brought on by a decline in oil prices, and its reverberating effects have left the country’s ruling party desperate. In an environment where regular protests and widespread disapproval have become the norm, President Nicolas Maduro’s administration is clinging to power despite the […]

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In Mexico, a Political Straitjacket for Populism

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June 12, 2017

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Mexican elections are getting more competitive, but even if next year’s presidential race brings a change in government, the country’s policies will largely stay the same. For more than a year, polls in Mexico have suggested that the relatively new National Regeneration Movement (Morena) — a populist party formed by three-time presidential candidate Andres Manuel […]

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Democratic System Loses Election in State of Mexico

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June 10, 2017

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With the upcoming presidential elections in 2018, the state election in the State of Mexico is usually seen as an indicator for what can be expected on the national level. “Edomex” (Estado de México) how the state is called in order to clearly separate it from the whole republic, is densely populated (about 12 -14 […]

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United Airlines latest carrier to end flights to Venezuela

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June 5, 2017

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United Airlines intends to suspend all of its flights to Venezuela next month, a move that will further isolate the Latin American country engulfed in political turmoil and an economic crisis.  United spokesman Charles Hobart said in an email to Bloomberg on Friday that daily service from Houston to Caracas will be canceled because of […]

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Mexico Is World’s Second Most Violent Country, Report Says

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May 12, 2017

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Mexico’s government is contesting a new international report that says the country had 23,000 homicides in 2016 — a level surpassed only by Syria. The International Institute for Strategic Studies says that intense violence fueled by Mexico’s drug cartels has reached the level of an armed conflict. “The annual survey’s lead investigator says Mexico’s second-place […]

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Venezuela: Government to Quit OAS

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May 2, 2017

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Venezuela will begin the process to quit the Organization of American States (OAS), Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said April 26, El Nacional reported. The decision to initiate the two-year process came after the permanent council of the OAS approved a resolution to call a meeting to discuss the political situation in Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro’s […]

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Who’s Really Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border

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May 2, 2017

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For all of Donald Trump’s tough talk on Mexico on the campaign trail, few concrete moves to secure the United States’ southern border have materialized in the first 100 days of his presidency. This is partly because of the inherent limitations of the office; to even begin trying to turn the ambitious pledge of building […]

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Sat, Apr 22, 2017 Mexico: Gulf Cartel Leader Killed In Raging Border Battle

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April 24, 2017

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A nightlong battle in Reynosa, across the U.S. border from McAllen, Texas, between the Mexican military and drug gangs has left the leader of the Gulf Cartel in the city dead, the government said April 22, Reuters reported. Reynosa, in Tamaulipas state, has long been a hub for drug smuggling into the United States and […]

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