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Mexico City's 'alcoholímetro' making headway in dangerous driving battle

Mexico City's 'alcoholímetro' making headway in dangerous driving battle | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Its road safety record is among the world's worst but, in Mexico's capital, police wielding breathalysers are making a big difference

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Attacks on Mexico Papers Underline Peril to Journalists

Attacks on Mexico Papers Underline Peril to Journalists | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Two newspapers in northern Mexico have come under attack by gunfire and grenades this week, in what both called an effort to silence reporting on criminal groups.

 

The attacks, which damaged the offices but caused no injuries, occurred Tuesday, part of a spiral of violence against journalists that has made Mexico, in the throes of a drug war, the most dangerous place in the hemisphere for the news media.

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Mexique: Que signifie le retour du PRI à la présidence après 12 ans d’absence ?

Mexique: Que signifie le retour du PRI à la présidence après 12 ans d’absence ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le premier enseignement de la victoire du Parti révolutionnaire institutionnel (PRI) - mené par le nouveau président Enrique Peña Nieto - qui avait perdu les élections de 2000 et de 2006, est la sanction de l’échec des sortants.

 

Mais pourquoi n’est-ce pas le parti plus à gauche du PRI (centre gauche), c’est-à-dire le Parti de la révolution démocratique (PRD), qui a bénéficié de cet échec du parti de droite (PAN) ? Tout simplement parce que le PRD, qui avait failli gagner les élections en 2006, s’est enfermé depuis lors dans une contestation des résultats de ce scrutin, qui n’a jamais pu être prouvée, mais qui a laissé aux Mexicains l’impression d’un parti qui se préoccupait plus de lui-même que des questions que doit affronter la société mexicaine.

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Slivers of Hope Amid the Melancholy in Ciudad Juárez

Slivers of Hope Amid the Melancholy in Ciudad Juárez | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

This is still a terribly violent city — at least eight people were killed over the weekend, including a man bound and left in the street with plastic bags covering his face. But over all, homicide rates have decreased significantly from their peak in 2010, and young people in particular are stepping out, joining art collectives around town and even partying after dark at reopened nightclubs.

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Retour au protectionnisme dans les relations mexico-brésiliennes - affaires-strategiques.info

Retour au protectionnisme dans les relations mexico-brésiliennes - affaires-strategiques.info | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

En vue de rétablir leur balance commerciale, le Mexique et le Brésil, les deux principales économies d’Amérique latine, viennent de signer un accord de rétablissement du protectionnisme sur leurs échanges automobiles.

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Quel bilan pour le Mexique dans la lutte contre les discriminations communautaires ?

Quel bilan pour le Mexique dans la lutte contre les discriminations communautaires ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

C’est cette semaine que le Mexique doit présenter son bilan sur la lutte contre les discriminations, devant la commission des Nations unies chargée de surveiller l’application de la convention contre les discriminations raciales. A cette occasion, Amnesty International dresse un portrait des progrès accomplis, mais aussi du chemin qu’il reste à parcourir. Il semblerait que les populations indigènes et les migrants restent en marge des avancées dans les domaines de la santé, de la sécurité et de la justice.

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Drought and Cold Snap Cause Food Crisis in Northern Mexico

Drought and Cold Snap Cause Food Crisis in Northern Mexico | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A drought that a government official called the most severe Mexico had ever faced has left two million people without access to water and, coupled with a cold snap, has devastated cropland in nearly half of the country.

 

The government in the past week has authorized $2.63 billion in aid, including potable water, food and temporary jobs for the most affected areas, rural communities in 19 of Mexico’s 31 states.

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Guadalajara's Via RecreActiva - The World’s Most Transformative Ciclovia

In the latest video from Streetfilms, Clarence Eckerson, Jr. documents how the Mexican city of Guadalajara has enlivened its roadways with a weekly program called Via RecreActiva. By closing streets to vehicular traffic the city hopes to encourage healthy and active recreation in public spaces. With support from the local business community, this cultural program has grown and flourished over the past seven years. It is a municipal policy innovation being copied globally to improve health and air quality through exercise and lower emissions.

(http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/video/data/000389)

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Environmental Performance: Mexico Under a New Light

Environmental Performance: Mexico Under a New Light | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) loosk at performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories, covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. If one looks across the Americas, it locates Mexico right above Canada, the United States, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, and many others. The median score for the region is 66.8.


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Why Don’t Low-Income Mexicans Use Formal Savings Products?

Why Don’t Low-Income Mexicans Use Formal Savings Products? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In contrast to many jurisdictions where CGAP works, Mexico has a highly urbanized population of well over 70%, enabling its population to have relatively easier physical access to banks and other financial service providers. Yet, current estimates indicate that between 50-65% of the population are unbanked and a large proportion of them are de-banked” – meaning that they once had access to a formal financial service but then decided to stop using it.

 

To understand why this is the case and to determine if there are ways in which low income Mexicans can be attracted to formal savings and other financial products, CGAP partnered with design firm IDEO.org and one of the largest banks in Mexico Bancomer over the last three months.

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Les candidats à la présidentielle du Mexique annoncent un changement stratégique

Les candidats à la présidentielle du Mexique annoncent un changement stratégique | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Les trois principaux candidats en lice pour la présidence du Mexique du 1er juillet ont tous promis que la priorité passerait de la politique d’arrestations et de saisies pour bloquer le flux de drogues allant vers les Etats-Unis à la réduction de la violence dans le pays. Ils estiment qu’il faut retirer l’armée, car elle s’est révélée inadaptée au travail de police et a contribué à la gravité du bilan humain : il y a eu plus de 50 000 victimes depuis que le président sortant Felipe Calderón a fait de l’armée une pierre angulaire de la lutte contre le narcotrafic en 2007.

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Mexican immigration falls for first time in four decades

Mexican immigration falls for first time in four decades | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Combination of weak economy, deportations and dangers of crossing US border reverse historic trend.

 

The net flow of Mexicans into the US has dwindled to a trickle and may now be in reverse, giving the lie to right-wing warnings of an "invasion" of illegal immigrants and bringing to an end four decades of inward migration.

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Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl Journal: For Some in Mexico, Trash Is a Treasure Worth Defending

Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl Journal: For Some in Mexico, Trash Is a Treasure Worth Defending | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Efforts by Mexico City officials to recycle, burn and compost more of the city’s garbage stands in sharp relief to the needs of 1,500 trash pickers who depend on the refuse.

 

Pablo Téllez Falcón has long ruled supreme over one of the world’s largest dumps at the edge of Mexico City. He was born in garbage, he likes to say, and he intends to die there...

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Is Mexico really one of world’s reforestation success stories? | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Is Mexico really one of world’s reforestation success stories? | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
No one doubts the need for reforestation in Mexico. Since colonial times, huge swatches of the country have been denuded of their native vegetation.

 

Since colonial times, huge swatches of the country have been denuded of their native vegetation. Recent figures from INEGI suggest that Mexico has lost almost 50% of its native forests due to logging and clearance for farming and settlement. The majority of this loss is in the Volcanic Axis belt that stretches west-east across the center of Mexico at an average height of 3000 m above sea level, but tropical rainforest areas much further south have also been decimated...


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Mapping remittance flows to Mexico, a practical exercise | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Looking for a practical exercise about migration and remittance flows to challenge your students?

Remittances (the funds sent by migrant workers back to their families) are a major international financial flow into Mexico. Remittances bring more than 20 billion dollars a year into the economy, an amount equivalent to 2.5% of Mexico’s GDP. On a per person basis, Mexico receives more worker remittances than any other major country in the world. An estimated 20% of Mexican residents regularly receive some financial support from relatives working abroad. Such remittances are the mainstay of the economies of many Mexican families, especially in rural areas of Durango, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Jalisco and Michoacán.


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The geography of the 2011 Pan American Games |

The geography of the 2011 Pan American Games | | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The XVI Pan American Games were held from October 14–30, 2011 in Guadalajara (Jalisco) with some events held in outlying locations such as Ciudad Guzmán,...

 

They were the largest multi-sport event of 2011. Some 6,000 athletes from 42 nations participated in 36 sports. The largest contingents of athletes (more than 500 in each case) came from host nation Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, the USA, Cuba and Canada.


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