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Jan 20, 2012

Mexican leftist juggles love and rage in election run

CHIAPA DE CORZO, Mexico, Jan 20 (Reuters) – For most of the
past five years, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has journeyed far
and wide across Mexico, railing against the corruption, fraud
and injustice he says cost him the presidency.

Seething over his wafer-thin election loss to conservative
Felipe Calderon in 2006, the fiery leftist shook Mexico with
some of the biggest street protests in its history, damning its
institutions and declaring himself the rightful president.

Jan 17, 2012

Nicaraguans worry about Ortega’s foreign friends

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s left-wing President Daniel Ortega has won over many critics at home with a successful drive to cut poverty and spur business-friendly policies in Central America’s poorest country.

But his choice of friends abroad makes many Nicaraguans worry that the former guerrilla and Cold War icon is dragging down the country’s reputation and unnecessarily antagonizing the United States and other Western countries.

Jan 16, 2012

Mexican leftist plans change on “monopolies”, mining

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) – Leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged to break up Mexico’s “monopolies” and press foreign mining firms for higher taxes and better wages if elected on July 1.

Lopez Obrador, often vilified by opponents as a threat to private enterprise, said wresting control of large sections of industry from just a few hands was vital to revitalizing the economy.

Jan 11, 2012

Nicaragua’s Ortega urges Israel to destroy nuclear arms

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega on Tuesday urged Israel to destroy its nuclear weapons to foster peace in the Middle East as he hosted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is touring Latin America.

Speaking in a ceremony where he was sworn in for a second consecutive term in office, Ortega attacked the U.S. “occupation” of Afghanistan and Iraq, condemned the killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and offered a brief valediction to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Jan 5, 2012

Mexico turns up the heat on drug lord Guzman

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling conservative party had been in power just 50 days when drug lord Joaquin Guzman slipped out of a dark prison and into Mexican folklore.

Eleven years later, President Felipe Calderon’s government is furiously trying to flush out the man nicknamed El Chapo – “Shorty” – to rescue its bloody war on drug cartels.

Dec 30, 2011

Mexican candidate sees possible Pemex listing

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A leading presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling conservatives raised the possibility on Thursday of listing oil company Pemex on the stock exchange to help revamp the state-owned giant.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, who is bidding to become the first woman to serve as Mexican president, told Reuters in an interview the next administration needed to examine how Brazil had managed its partly privatized state oil firm Petrobras.

Dec 29, 2011

Mexico arrests drug dealer linked to boss Guzman

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico captured a suspected drug trafficker with links to the country’s most wanted man, Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, whose operations have recently suffered a string of blows.

Mexico’s federal police said on Wednesday they had captured Luis Rodriguez Olivera, known as “El Guero” (Blondie), for whom U.S. authorities have offered a reward of up to $5 million.

Dec 26, 2011

Aide to top Mexican drug boss Guzman captured

MEXICO CITY, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Mexico landed its third blow against the country’s most wanted drug trafficker in as many months after capturing a suspected lieutenant of Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman, boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

On Monday, masked Mexican soldiers presented Felipe Cabrera, known as “el Inge,” to the media following his capture in Culiacan, capital of Sinaloa, the northwestern Pacific state after which the drug cartel is named.

Dec 8, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Dec 8 (Reuters) – A mounting drugs war death
toll and concerns that Mexico’s fragile economic recovery will
fall victim to the European debt crisis are clouding the
outlook for Mexico ahead of a presidential election next July.

DRUGS WAR

Anger is growing about the roughly 45,000 lives that have
been lost since President Felipe Calderon launched a war on
drug cartels in late 2006, and violence has spun out of control
in large areas along the U.S.-Mexico border. [ID:nN15124805]

Nov 28, 2011

Anlaysis: Mexican ruling party smears rivals with drug gangs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Slowly but surely, drug cartels have ground down support for Mexico’s ruling conservatives with a trail of dead over the past five years.

Now, President Felipe Calderon’s National Action Party (PAN) is trying to use the same gangs as a quick fix for its fading hopes of re-election next year – by painting rivals for the presidency as corrupt and in the pockets of the cartels.