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Nov 27, 2011

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.

Nov 20, 2011

Analysis: Mexico sees life beyond U.S. export market

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – For years after the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, the main road to riches for many Mexican entrepreneurs was across the border. Now they are increasingly likely to cross an ocean instead.

Mexico’s foreign trade with the United States soared after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which also includes Canada, kicked off in 1994, almost tripling in six years.

Nov 18, 2011

In Acapulco, it’s mayhem by the beach

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) – This city of dazzling hotels and sunlit beaches rose to fame as a playground of Hollywood stars. Today, Acapulco has now earned a very different reputation-for gangland decapitations, kidnappings and extortion.

As Mexico’s drug war grinds on, killings in Acapulco have almost tripled this year to nearly 900, making the Pacific resort one of the most violent cities in the world and the second-deadliest in the country. The endless reports of slayings have kept the drug chaos on the front page even as killing slows in some parts of Mexico, where in 2010 the war claimed a record 15,273 lives.

Nov 18, 2011

Mexico names intelligence chief interior minister

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico picked the head of the national intelligence agency as the country’s new interior minister on Thursday, beefing up the job’s security profile as the government attempts to bring violent drug cartels to heel.

Alejandro Poire, director of the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), succeeds Francisco Blake, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday.

Nov 17, 2011

Special report: In Acapulco, it’s mayhem by the beach

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) – This city of dazzling hotels and sunlit beaches rose to fame as a playground of Hollywood stars. Today, Acapulco has now earned a very different reputation-for gangland decapitations, kidnappings and extortion.

As Mexico’s drug war grinds on, killings in Acapulco have almost tripled this year to nearly 900, making the Pacific resort one of the most violent cities in the world and the second-deadliest in the country. The endless reports of slayings have kept the drug chaos on the front page even as killing slows in some parts of Mexico, where in 2010 the war claimed a record 15,273 lives.

Nov 9, 2011

Mexican president’s sister offers party hope in vote

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s embattled ruling conservatives will enter the 2012 election year with renewed hope if the president’s older sister can pull of an unprecedented win in a state ballot on Sunday.

Luisa Maria Calderon’s capture of the governor’s office of Michoacan would throw sand in the eyes of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the favorites to take the presidency in 2012.

Oct 26, 2011

Mexican presidential hopeful vows drugs war shift

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A leading presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling party said on Wednesday he would break with government policy and withdraw the army from the fight against drug gangs if he wins the election in 2012.

Santiago Creel, a former interior minister belonging to the conservative National Action Party (PAN), told Reuters that President Felipe Calderon’s military strategy had served its course and that he would change “everything” as leader.

Oct 16, 2011

Mexico opposition may work with criminals: Calderon

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon has said politicians in the main opposition party may consider deals with criminals, opening an inflammatory new front in the nation’s presidential election campaign.

Calderon’s blunt remarks about the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which is favored to win the July 1, 2012 election, are unusual in a country where the president is expected to stay largely aloof from party politics.

Oct 10, 2011

Mexican presidential favorite targets monopolies

MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The frontrunner to be
Mexico’s next president on Monday pledged to crack down on
monopolies, boost the country’s tax take and overhaul
state-owned oil monopoly Pemex if he wins a 2012 election.

Outlining his economic priorities for the first time,
Enrique Pena Nieto promised to maintain macro-economic
stability, double spending on infrastructure and face down the
challenge posed by India and China to Mexican firms.

Oct 3, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A mounting drugs war death
toll, deadlock in Congress and fears of a U.S. economic
slowdown are clouding the outlook for Mexico ahead of a
presidential election next July.

DRUGS WAR

Anger is growing about the roughly 42,000 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]