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MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office denied his campaign took bribes from Odebrecht, calling such suspicions “absurd.” But the scandal threatens to deepen perceptions that the Mexican government is festering with corruption, less than a year out from presidential elections.

“The accusations against Lozoya will reinforce the already widespread discontent against President Pena Nieto’s administration, which is largely driven by voter perception that corruption is rampant. The PRI will have a hard time crafting a campaign strategy that allows them to be competitive,” said political analyst Carlos Petersen of consulting firm Eurasia Group.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

“Supposing there were accusations against me by confessed criminals, it is important to mention at least that these people can say anything in exchange for a reduced sentence,” Pena Nieto’s confidant Emilio Lozoya wrote in a letter appearing on his Twitter account.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

CANADA POLITICS: Canada Suggests it Could Quit NAFTA Talks

“Canada will uphold and preserve the elements in NAFTA that Canadians deem key to our national interest – including a process to ensure anti-dumping and countervailing duties are only applied fairly when truly warranted,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a speech at the University of Ottawa.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Rejects Trump’s Military Intervention Remarks

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Rejects Trump’s Military Intervention Remarks

Trump’s said that his administration was considering many options, “including a possible military option if necessary” to repair the “dangerous mess” in Venezuela. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) rejects “the use of force, or the threat of applying such force, by whatever country against Venezuela.” “The only path to peace is the restoration of democracy. Venezuelans demand free elections be held at all levels,” added the statement.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands of Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands of Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA

The protesters, who numbered up to 10,000 people, took to the streets in Mexico City, saying the trilateral trade deal was ruining Mexican farmers’ and workers’ livelihoods. President Enrique Peña Nieto, the protesters said, has broken the promises he had made to the farmers and workers in regard to land and labor reforms. The protest comes as NAFTA re-negotiations are scheduled to take place from August 16 to 20 in Washington.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Desperate For Comeback Win

MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Desperate For Comeback Win

Factions within the PRI are struggling to decide whether to let non-party candidates compete for president. In some respect this week’s party assembly that culminates in Mexico City on Aug. 12 will be a battle for the ear of Pena Nieto, who will have the final say. While the PRI has reportedly opted to keep party rules that require its candidate to have been a member for 10 years, that won’t apply if the alliance with the Green Party is maintained.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: CIA, Mexico, Colombia Plotting Against Venezuela: Maduro Reveals

VENEZUELA POLITICS: CIA, Mexico, Colombia Plotting Against Venezuela: Maduro Reveals

Maduro, “The director of the CIA has said, ‘The CIA and the US government work in direct collaboration with the Mexican government and the Colombian government to overthrow the constitutional government in Venezuela and to intervene in our beloved Venezuela.’”

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MEXICO POLITICS: 2,234 People Killed in Deadliest Month in 20 Years

MEXICO POLITICS: 2,234 People Killed in Deadliest Month in 20 Years

Mexico’s spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country’s deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.

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CANADA POLITICS: 5 Contentious NAFTA Issues to Create Friction Between Canada, US

CANADA POLITICS: 5 Contentious NAFTA Issues to Create Friction Between Canada, US

The U.S. wants Canada to allow a whopping increase in the value of goods American companies can send into Canada without paying an import tax.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

Mexican foreign ministry called on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to shelve the vote “and thereby open the door to a negotiation to resolve the serious democratic crisis Venezuela is going through.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Rejects Trump’s Protectionist Policy

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Rejects Trump’s Protectionist Policy

“More trade barriers .. does not help working families over the long term, or even the mid-term. Such policies kill growth,” Trudeau.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Mulls Tweaking Rules for Presidential Selection

MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Mulls Tweaking Rules for Presidential Selection

Corruption scandals, rising gang violence and anemic growth have damaged the PRI’s credibility and battered Pena Nieto’s authority, prompting some in the party to argue it must look beyond the membership if it wants to hold on to power.

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MEXICO POLITICS: US Sued for Turning Away Mexican Asylum Seekers at Border

MEXICO POLITICS: US Sued for Turning Away Mexican Asylum Seekers at Border

Amnesty International and Human Rights First confirmed the report, saying such incidents have occurred at crossings along the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border over the past year.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Relations With US Cannot Be Defined By ‘Murmurs’: Enrique Pena Nieto

MEXICO POLITICS: Relations With US Cannot Be Defined By ‘Murmurs’: Enrique Pena Nieto

“Given what happened after this meeting (with Trump), our bilateral relationship cannot be defined by murmurs,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

Javier Duarte, who governed Veracruz for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) until last year, denies any wrongdoing.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PAN Officials Targeted By Government Spying: Report

MEXICO POLITICS: PAN Officials Targeted By Government Spying: Report

“That the government spies, invading privacy of people in this magnitude, is unacceptable,” National Action Party (PAN) head Ricardo Anaya said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Ministers at OAS Meeting Fail to Agree on Venezuela Resolution

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Ministers at OAS Meeting Fail to Agree on Venezuela Resolution

“I do not want our hemisphere to continue breaking apart anymore,” Morales said. “We need to look for solutions, to continue the dialogue and the only way to continue this dialogue is to keep this session open without a determinate date.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Activists, Journalists in Mexico Complain of Government Spying

MEXICO POLITICS: Activists, Journalists in Mexico Complain of Government Spying

Mexico’s government purchased about $80 million worth of spyware from NSO Group on condition it would only be used to investigate criminals and terrorists, the Times said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Canada’s Detention of Mexicans Surges After Visa Lift

MEXICO POLITICS: Canada’s Detention of Mexicans Surges After Visa Lift

Detention of Mexican citizens in Canada has spiked since December, when the government lifted its visa requirement for visitors from Mexico.

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MEXICO POLITICS: MORENA Says Will Not Join Other Parties in Presidential Election

MEXICO POLITICS: MORENA Says Will Not Join Other Parties in Presidential Election

“Those who associate themselves and deal with the mafia of power are nothing more than opportunist mercenaries and politicians … as such we can’t move forward with those parties,” Lopez Obrador said.

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