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Pena Nieto signs controversial oil and gas law

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed a controversial law that allows foreign companies to drill for oil for the first time since the sector was nationalized in 1938.

Economist Special Report on Mexico, 2006

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

You were assigned to read and respond to the introduction AND one of the following articles from the Economist Special Report on Mexico:

  • Pregnant pause: The old political model has died; a new one has yet to be born
  • Mexico’s mezzogiorno: What is needed to bridge the gaping north-south divide
  • Plodding on: Economic stability is all very well, but where’s the growth?
  • Monopoly money: Competition is not Mexico’s strongest point
  • The joy of informality: Working in the official economy has its drawbacks

The response questions are here.

So all of you will answer questions 1-6 after which you will only respond to the questions which pertain to the article assigned to you.

Also, so that we can refer to the piece in our conversation, please print out the one article assigned to you (just a couple pages).



Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto faces tough start

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

As Mexico’s incoming President Enrique Pena Nieto prepares to take office, the BBC’s Will Grant looks at the challenges facing him and the mixed expectations of his population.

Yo Soy 132

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Yo Soy 132 is an ongoing Mexican protest movement centered around the democratization of the country and its media. It began as opposition to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto and the Mexican media’s allegedly biased coverage of the 2012 general election.The name Yo Soy 132, Spanish for “I Am 132”, originated in an expression of solidarity with the protest’s initiators.

The phrase draws inspiration from the Occupy movement and the Spanish 15-M movement.

On May 23, 2012, the movement released its manifesto. An excerpt from it states:

First – we are a nonpartisan movement of citizens. As such, we do not express support of any candidate or political party, but rather respect the plurality and diversity of this movement’s participants. Our wishes and demands are centered on the defense of Mexicans’ freedom of expression and their right for information, in that these two elements are essential to forming an aware and participating citizenry. For the same reasons, we support informed and well-thought out voting. We believe that under the present political circumstances, abstaining or making a null vote is ineffective in promoting the edification of our democracy. We are a movement committed to the country’s democratization, and as such, we hold that a necessary condition for this goal is the democratization of the media. This commitment derives from the current state of the national press, and from the concentration of the media outlets in few hands.

Peña Nieto and PEMEX PPP

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Domestic and international audiences are now looking to the next government to pass the structural reforms needed for Mexico to become more productive, more competitive, and grow faster. This starts with the state-owned energy sector. Enshrined in Mexico’s Constitution, oil reserves are property of the state, and managed by Petróleos Mexicanos, or PEMEX, which retains full, control over exploration, processing, and sales. A modest 2008 energy reform pushed on the margins of this arrangement, allowing Pemex to offer incentive-based service contracts to private firms. These new rules so far have disappointed, with few foreign oil companies substantially upping their foreign direct investment or bringing in the technological know-how needed to unlock potential reserves and boost long term production.

Though notoriously a political third rail in Mexico, during the campaign Peña Nieto promised to open up the sector to private investment, à la Brazil’s Petrobras. In a 2011 interview with Financial Times he claimed that Pemex “can achieve more, grow more and do more through alliances with the private sector.” He reaffirmed this position just this week when talking with the press—saying he was convinced that the PRI could reach an agreement on energy through “much negotiation ” between his party and the opposition.

The PRI also has the advantage of counting on the PEMEX union as a political ally rather than an opponent. In fact, the union’s leader, Carlos Romero Deschamps, was just elected to the Senate on the PRI’s proportional representation list, as was the union’s treasurer, Ricardo Aldana. Their presence, rather than stymieing negotiations, may help smooth the process.

Since 2004 oil output has dropped by roughly a quarter (stabilizing in 2010). Under the status quo many expect further declines, which are worrisome not just for the economy; oil revenues account for a third of the government’s budget. Even if production remains stable Mexico will likely become a net oil importer during Peña Nieto’s tenure. For a party that aspires to remain in power, unleashing additional revenues is vital.

BBC: Mexico Special Reports

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

An astute series of articles about Mexican culture and politics from BBC.

Can Mexico Fix Its Image Problem?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Ending the drug war is only half the battle for the candidates to replace Calderon in 2012; the second half will be convincing the rest of the world that Mexico’s not just a narco-state.

Read Malcolm Beath from FP Magazine

Vicente Fox: More a Caricature of an Effective Presidency than the Real Thing

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Methinks COHA underplays Mexican history when they conclude that, “Fox will go down in Mexican history as little more than a “lame duck” throughout his entire presidency, who failed to accomplish anything approaching a string of concrete improvements for his country, even though he held on as the symbol of Mexico’s turn to democracy.” But you should really explore the COHA argument and judge for yourself.

Mexican Revolution Discussion

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Perhaps because it was it was not as “revolutionary” as the revolutions in Russia, China or Iran, The Mexican Revolution gets short shrift in APCG. If you are curious to learn more, here is an engaging scholarly discussion from BBC4’s Melvyn Bragg.

Mexico’s presidential campaign: Can anyone stop Enrique Peña Nieto restoring the PRI to power next year?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

THE election is not until July of next year, but the beating of a party activist into a coma on January 12th, apparently by a rival party’s mob, signalled the start of what will be a long, rough campaign for the presidency of Mexico. Candidates are jostling for party nominations, and lieutenants are preparing for the election of six governors this year, the first of them in Guerrero state on January 30th. Already the main question is whether anyone can prevent the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico as a one-party state for seven decades until 2000, from returning to Los Pinos, the presidential residence.

Read the Economist’s premature analysis of the 2012 election