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MEXICO NEWS AND ANALYSIS MAY 23-29, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - OBAMA TO NOMINATE MEXICO AMBASSADOR
3 - WTO RULES AGAINST U.S.
4 - NO TELEVISION STATIONS FOR CARLOS SLIM
5 - ARIZONA SHERIFF FACES IN-HOUSE CORRUPTION
6 - MEXICO DECRIMINALIZES UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION

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News and Analysis: June 25 - July 1

1 - MEXICAN ELECTIONS MARRED BY FRAUD
2 - US SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS KEY ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW
3 - WTO RULING FAVORS MEXICO

Exit polls released late Sunday night show PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto winning Mexico’s presidency, with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the PRD finishing a surprisingly close second, and PANista Josefina Vazquez Mota a distant third.  CNN, Parametria, and Mitofsky exit polls all showed Pena Nieto with about 41% and Lopez Obrador with about 32%, though a “quick-count” based on a sampling of returns from across the country showed a closer race, and the actual returns gave Pena Neta 38% with Lopez Obrador close behind at 33%.  Vazquez Mota was quick to concede Sunday evening, while Lopez Obrador will wait for the official vote announcement on Wednesday and may contest the election after reports of widespread fraud. The PRI reportedly offered pre-paid supermarket cards worth up to 1,000 pesos and millions of boxes filled with food or cheap electro-domestics in exchange for votes.  Vote-buying was particularly widespread in Mexico State, where Pena Nieto served as Governor, and Veracruz, with some reports of as many as a million votes purchased in Mexico State alone.  Pena Nieto reportedly spent up to five times his legally allotted campaign fund, with massive private donations from businesses looking for influence in his administration.  And he enjoyed a virtual lock on news coverage by Televisa, the largest of two national television networks.  His wife, Angelica Rivera, is a popular soap opera star on the network.  

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Mexico News and Analysis: July 18-24, 2011

1 - PRISON LABOR AND PRIVATE DONATIONS TO BUILD BORDER WALL IN ARIZONA
2 - WTO SUPPORTS MEXICAN TUNA COMPLAINT
3 - THREE HUNDRED PGR OFFICERS CHARGED OR FIRED
4 - LA FAMILIA REORGANIZES AS KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
5 - CHIAPAS POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED
6 - GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

PRISON LABOR AND PRIVATE DONATIONS TO BUILD BORDER WALL IN ARIZONA
An Arizona law that took effect July 20 allows state authorities to build their own border wall using donations from private citizens and prison labor.  Officials must also obtain permission from private landowners to allow construction on their land.  Donations can be made through a web site, and officials hope to raise US$50 million.  Steve Smith, the Republican state senator who sponsored the law, is appealing to donors across the US with racist comments like “those people don’t just stay in Arizona; they infiltrate the rest of the country.”

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Mexico News and Analysis: June 20-26

1 - CALDERON AND SICILIA MEET
2 - BORDER PATROL AGENT KILLS IMMIGRANT
3 - "FAST AND FURIOUS" BECOMING "DODGE RESPONSIBILITY"
4 - MEXICAN MILITARY ASSUMES MORE POLICE FUNCTIONS
5 - HACKERS PUBLISH DOCUMENTS FROM ARIZONA POLICE

Javier Sicilia, the poet/journalist who inspires a growing national movement against corruption and violence, and Felipe Calderon, the spurious President who initiated a "war on drugs" in 2006 as his signature policy, met on Thursday in a televised encounter at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.  Sicilia, always the gentleman, awkwardly embraced Calderon at the end of a contentious three-hour exchange on militarization, social policy, political corruption and ineffective governance.  Unfortunately, the embrace was a photo op, carried on the front pages of many Mexican newspapers.

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