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Mexican president under fire for defending politician accused of rape

Mexican president under fire for defending politician accused of rape

A growing row over a gubernatorial candidate facing accusations of rape has once again pitted Mexico’s populist president against women’s rights campaigners.Félix Salgado Macedonio has registered to run for governor in southern Guerrero state with the ruling Morena party, despite of sexual violence and rape by five women dating back as far as 1998.Salgado has remained silent as the outrage over the accusations mounted, though his lawyer José Luis Gallegos insisted “there’s no proof” and called the accusations “stories of invented crimes”, Reforma. Salgado has not been charged with any...

Feb 24
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‘It feels like a placebo’: Mexico’s vaccine program sees disastrous launch

‘It feels like a placebo’: Mexico’s vaccine program sees disastrous launch

Pace for vaccinations has slowed as government website to register crashes repeatedly and Covid death toll is third highestGlobal development is supported by in Mexico CitySun 7 Feb 2021 07.00 ESTLast modified on Sun 7 Feb 2021 07.02 ESTRodolfo spent hour after aggravating hour trying to register his elderly mother for a Covid-19 vaccination through a Mexican government website, only for the system to crash repeatedly.“I spent three days fighting with the website,” he said. “My mom would have been unable to do it without me.”After the site launched on Tuesday, millions of Mexicans over 60...

Feb 7
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Amid pandemic’s terrible toll, Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador doubles down on austerity - The Globe and Mail

Amid pandemic’s terrible toll, Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador doubles down on austerity - The Globe and Mail

Mexico City Special to The Globe and Mail The pandemic has taken a horrible toll on Mexico. The number of dead has topped 137,916 – fourth-highest in the world – the economy has crashed, and more than 2,400 medical personnel have succumbed to the coronavirus. Yet Mexico has confronted COVID-19 in an unconventional way: austerity. The country spends little on testing and contact tracing and has put scant new funds into the health budget – even as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pushes ahead with a fully funded suite of megaprojects such as a train running around the Yucatan Peninsula....

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Killing of reporter adds to grim toll of violence against Mexican journalists

Killing of reporter adds to grim toll of violence against Mexican journalists

Israel Vázquez became the third journalist to be murdered in two weeks – and the eighth this year – while reporting on Monday in Mexico CityFri 13 Nov 2020 07.33 ESTLast modified on Fri 13 Nov 2020 07.34 ESTEarly on Monday morning, Israel Vázquez, a crime reporter in the Mexican city of Salamanca, received a tip that a plastic bag full of human remains had been dumped at the side of a street.He reached the scene before the police, but as he prepared to broadcast on Facebook live, gunmen opened fire from a passing car, and shot him eight times. He died of his injuries later in the day.He was...

November 13, 2020
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Mexicans celebrate restricted Day of the Dead amid coronavirus upheaval

Mexicans celebrate restricted Day of the Dead amid coronavirus upheaval

osé Porfirio Martínez Castro and his wife Nery Urioles Nájera were tidying up their family tomb at the municipal graveyard in Morelia. They built a small altar for two of José’s siblings and adorned it with marigolds, sugar skulls and tiny bottles of Coca-Cola – his sister’s favourite drink.Normally, they would spend the night of 1 November here, lighting candles and remembering their loved ones. But this year the cemetery will be closed because of Covid-19 restrictions, so they made their visit a few days early.“I never imagined doing this,” said Martínez, from the tomb’s shady portico....

November 1, 2020
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Mexican farmers revolt over sending water to US during drought

Mexican farmers revolt over sending water to US during drought

Mexican farmers in the drought-stricken state of Chihuahua are pitted against riot squads from the national guard in an increasingly violent standoff over their government’s decision to ship scarce water supplies to the United States.The confrontation has already led to bloodshed: earlier this month, a woman was shot dead and her husband was wounded after guardsmen opened fire on farmers wielding sticks and stones.The Mexican government, meanwhile, has accused protesters of being backed by opposition politicians La Boquilla dam, which holds some of the water it wants to send north.The...

September 25, 2020
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Mexico state bans sale of sugary drinks and junk food to children

Mexico state bans sale of sugary drinks and junk food to children

The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children – a measure aimed at curbing obesity.the state’s children and adolescents’ rights law proposed fines and the possible closure of stores for selling soft drinks and sweets to children. It in effect puts sugary items into the same category as cigarettes and alcohol.“It’s important to finally put the brakes on this industry, which has already sickened our country and our children,” said Magaly López Domínguez, the Oaxaca lawmaker who presented the bill. “[The industry] gets into...

August 6, 2020
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Mexican president Amlo says he will wear mask 'when there is no corruption'

Mexican president Amlo says he will wear mask 'when there is no corruption'

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has consistently avoided wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Mexico CityFri 31 Jul 2020 15.42 EDTMexico’s president has said he will only wear a mask when the country eradicates corruption – a pledge made Mexico surpassed the United Kingdom in total Covid-19 deaths.Speaking to reporters on , Andrés Manuel López Obrador said: “You know when I’m going to put on a mask? When there is no corruption. Then I’ll put on a mask and I’ll stop talking.”Like his populist counterparts Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump, the president, popularly known as...

July 31, 2020
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Mexico: women’s groups dismayed after judges dodge abortion decision

Mexico: women’s groups dismayed after judges dodge abortion decision

Mexican women’s groups have expressed deep disappointment after the supreme court dodged a ruling on a proposal which could have opened a legal path towards decriminalizing abortion.In a 4-1 decision, the court voted on Wednesday against the proposal for technical reasons – without addressing arguments that restrictions on abortion violated women’s rights and contravened international treaties to which is a signatory.“They didn’t even need 20 fucking minutes to shoot down a rare opportunity,” Las Brujas del Mar, a feminist collective in Veracruz state.“The aggravation isn’t because we...

July 30, 2020
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Mexico flying blind as lack of Covid-19 testing mystifies experts

Mexico flying blind as lack of Covid-19 testing mystifies experts

Before , the Mexican president took a coronavirus test.Until then, Andrés Manuel López Obrador had never been tested, arguing that there was no need for it – even though several cabinet members had become infected with Covid-19.The president, known as Amlo, took a second test on arriving in the US; both results were negative.But testing has been rare in , even for people presenting Covid-19 symptoms at hospital and for the physicians, nurses and paramedics treating them.“The WHO has said ‘test, test, test’ – but not even healthcare workers have access to tests,” said Rafael Soto, a nurse...

July 24, 2020
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