Mexico

Building a Mini-State With Avocados and Guns

O.K., but how did they separate criminals from innocents? Who did the selection? There’s a version of this that sounds like frontier justice, rough but fair, and there’s a version that resembles towns controlled by drug cartels. “It’s very hard to believe that Tancítaro is just this island of peace …

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When Corporate Elites Won Partial Control of a Mexican City — and Then Lost It

Finally, Armando Torjes, a community activist in the working-class suburb of Guadalupe, cleared it up for us. No one much minded business people acting like politicians because, he said, the real problem was politicians acting like business people. “It’s not that businessmen are bad people, they’re just getting all the …

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From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Raúl García Miranda wants Carlos Flores’s job. Mr. Flores doesn’t think he deserves it. The two men haul goods that travel from Mexico into the United States. Both come from a Mexican border town infested with drug cartels. But Mr. Flores got out. He became a …

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‘We’re Competing Against Everybody Just Like You’: Voices on Manufacturing in Mexico

Many of the respondents echoed a common theme: Fear of the looming threat of automation, and of losing jobs to China. In follow-up interviews, respondents shared more about their experiences and their views on globalization. These interviews have been lightly edited and condensed, and one was translated from Spanish. ‘Americans …

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Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media

Mr. Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, also known as the PRI, pioneered this system during its 70 years in power. Former President José López Portillo explicitly laid out the government’s expectations decades ago — he was even quoted as saying that he did not pay the media to attack him …

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Presidential Ally Is Arrested, and Mexico Corruption Investigation Deepens

Mr. Gutiérrez is being investigated in connection with what former state officials call a nationwide plan to funnel tens of millions of dollars in public money to help the party’s candidates in gubernatorial elections in 2016. The money was sent to states with friendly governors in the party, who then …

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Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Shifting Its Plan

Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, said Thursday that the company had altered its plans for the Michigan plant — in Flat Rock, 25 miles southwest of Detroit — because it now expected the market for self-driving cars for taxis and delivery fleets to grow rapidly …

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Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Its Own Anti-Corruption Drive, Commissioners Say

Sophisticated spying technology sold to the Mexican government for the purpose of tracking terrorists and criminal networks has instead been deployed against dozens of journalists, academics, human rights lawyers and anti-corruption advocates, a potential violation of Mexican law. But when Mrs. Peschard and others called for a simple briefing on …

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As Mexico Builds Green Airport of the Future, Age-Old Mistakes Loom

The government’s plan calls for a network of channels, tunnels and five new reservoirs to collect runoff that drains into the area. Octavio Mayén Mena, a spokesman for the government agency managing the project, said reforestation is underway, and the National Water Commission said construction of the reservoirs will begin …

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