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News and Analysis: Jan 28 - Feb 10

228 1 - SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST SME WORKERS
2 - PEMEX EXPLOSION MAY LEAD TO PRIVATIZATION
3 - LAST MINUTE AGREEMENT REACHED ON TOMATO TRADE
4 - MARCOS ANNOUNCES AUGUST GATHERING IN CHIAPAS
5 - OBAMA ADMINISTRATION VETOED PREFERRED DEFENSE SECRETARY
6 - UNPRECEDENTED WEALTH CONCENTRATION 

On January 30, Mexico’s Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision against the Electrical Workers Union (SME), ending all legal avenues for SME workers to recover their jobs.  About 16,000 SME workers, from a total workforce of 44,000 plus 15,000 retirees, maintained a struggle to recover their jobs after former President Felipe Calderon orchestrated the closing of Central Light and Power (LFC) three years ago in an effort to destroy one of Mexico’s most active unions.  The judges ruled Calderon was not responsible for the closure of the state-owned company, despite the fact he ordered the federal army to occupy LFC installations and expel all SME workers.  The Justices' ruling overturns a lower court decision.  The judicial debacle follows closely on the heels of another defeat for labor with the passage late last year of a regressive labor reform law.
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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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Mexico News and Analysis: November 14-27, 2011

1 - PRI WINS MICHOACAN GOVERNORSHIP
2 - IMMIGRATION NEAR ZERO
3 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DYNAMICS
4 - CALDERON NAMES FIFTH INTERIOR SECRETARY
5 - GOVERNMENT ADMITS DIRTY WAR DISAPPEARANCE
6 - WTO RULES AGAINST U.S.
7 - INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NAMES PRESIDENT CALDERON
8 - HISTORIC DROUGHT AND EARLY FREEZES DEVASTATE AGRICULTURE

The PRI candidate won the gubernatorial election last Sunday in Michoacan, Felipe Calderon's home state, defeating the President's sister, Luisa "Cocoa" Calderon, in a close race. The PRI took 35% of the vote, apparently winning many former PRD votes, against 33% for the PAN and 29% for the PRD. The election was marred by illegal use of federal resources by the PAN and probable PRI and PRD links to organized crime. The vote may be a harbinger of 2012 presidential elections in which PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto leads all candidates by substantial margins. Michoacan is a major producer of marijuana, opium and methamphetamines, and home to the Knights Templar, a cartel with strong roots in popular barrios.

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