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NEWS AND ANALYSIS JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 2012

1 - OECD REPORT CRITICIZES PHONE INDUSTRY
2 - NEARLY $1 TRILLION LOST TO CORRUPTION AND CRIME
3 - POLITICAL CLASS FULLY ENGAGED IN FIGHT FOR POWER
4 - JUAREZ POLICE TAKE REFUGE IN HOTELS
5 - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ATTACKED AGAIN
6 - ACTEAL ASSASSINS RELEASED FROM PRISON

A report issued this week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) criticized Mexico's telephone industry for monopoly pricing that overcharged consumers US$13.4 billion per year from 2005 to 2009, leaving many families unable to afford telephone or internet service. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man and owner of TelMex and America Móvil, rejected the report, accusing authors of "pulling data out of thin air." Slim's companies control about three-quarters of Mexico's telephone industry. The Mexican government commissioned the study as part of an ongoing battle between Slim and the National Action Party (PAN). Mexico's telephone industry generates over US$30 billion in sales per year, but the OECD report concluded companies missed out on an additional US$12.4 billion in sales because of high prices.

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Mexico News and Analysis: January 2-12, 2012

1 - ZEDILLO CLAIMS IMMUNITY
2 - MEXICO CITY ELITE BEATS PARKING ATTENDANT
3 - HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION DOCUMENTS OFFICIAL VIOLATIONS
4 - MEXICO CITY BOONDOGGLE WASTES MILLIONS
5 - CALDERON VETOES EMERGENCY AGRICULTURE FUNDS
6 - PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR A LOST CAUSE, BUT BLACK BEARS HAPPY   

Ernesto Zedillo claimed immunity from prosecution for the 1997 murder of 45 people in Acteal, Chiapas, in court documents filed Friday.  A lawsuit filed last year in Connecticut accuses the former Mexican president of crimes against humanity for allowing paramilitary groups to carry out the massacre, then cover up the killings.  Zedillo currently lives in New Haven, CT, where he teaches at Yale University, his alma mater.   Ten mysterious, unnamed plaintiffs claiming to be from Acteal are demanding US$50 million in damages.  The Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas, which represents the Acteal families, has no knowledge of the suit or of the corporate Miami law firm that is bringing the case. 

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News and Analysis: September 19 - October 2, 2011

1 - ZEDILLO SUED FOR ACTEAL MASSACRE
2 - U.S. GENERAL CLAIMS “SHARED RESPONSIBILITY” FOR DRUG WAR
3 - FAST AND FURIOUS GETS MORE COMPLICATED
 
A small group of relatives of victims of the infamous Acteal massacre are suing former President Ernesto Zedillo in US District Court in Connecticut for his complicity in the killings of 45 indigenous and the subsequent cover-up.  Zedillo thought he was living in relative obscurity, teaching part time at Yale, but a Miami-based law firm tracked him down in a wealthy New Haven neighborhood.  The 1997 massacre by paramilitary groups acting in concert with local military authorities resulted in the forced resignation of then-Governor Julio Cesar Ruis Ferro and Interior Minister Emilio Chuayfett, but Zedillo finished his six year term in 2000 largely untouched.  The Zedillo administration has long been suspected of complicity, if not outright coordination of the crime.  According to the suit, Zedillo conspired with former Attorney General Jorge Madrazo Cuellar to hide the President’s links to this and other covert operations. 

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