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Mexico News and Analysis: Dec 12-18, 2011

1 - POLICE KILL TWO STUDENTS IN GUERRERO
2 - RACIST ARIZONA SHERIFF UNDER INVESTIGATION
3 - FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR RAPE BY ARMY TROOPS
4 - US SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS
5 - US SECURITY AGENCIES HIRE FORMER MEXICAN OFFICIALS
6 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

1 - POLICE KILL TWO STUDENTS IN GUERRERO

Police killed two students from a teacher's college in Guerrero on Monday, part of a group of 500 students protesting efforts by the federal government to close the normal school system.  Unarmed students blocked a major highway near Chilpancingo demanding a meeting with Governor Angel Aguirre and the re-opening of the Raul Isidro Burgo normal school in Ayotzinga, a town about 90 miles from Chilpancingo.  Protestors complained the governor had canceled four previously scheduled meetings.  Blocking highways is a common protest tactic in Mexico.  Federal, state and ministerial police working with army troops and armed paramilitaries used tear gas and live ammunition to clear the highway, killing Gabriel Echeverria and Jorge Herrera.  

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NEWS & ANALYSIS: OCT 31 - NOV 6, 2011

1 - MEXICO ABANDONS PLANS FOR NUCLEAR POWER
2 - TROOPS UNEXPECTEDLY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
3 - IMMIGRANT REMITTANCES INCREASE AS PESO SHRINKS
4 - OPPOSITION TO AMBITIOUS PLAN TO CLEAN POLICE FORCES
5 - PAN TRADES CEMENT FOR VOTES
6 - PARTIES REJECT POPULAR CONSULTATIONS
7 - GRAIN PRODUCTION DECLINES
8 - ANONYMOUS DROPS PLANS TO OUT ZETA CARTEL
9 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

Mexico has abandoned plans to construct as many as ten nuclear power plants in light of recent discoveries of huge natural gas deposits, perhaps as much as 300 million cubic feet in Coahuila and more in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy Minister Jordy Herrera announced plans this week to focus on new natural gas-fired electricity plants, and to search for US$10 billion in private investment during the next five years, despite constitutional prohibitions against private ownership in the energy sector. The re-orientation may also be related to the March 11 nuclear disaster in Japan. Mexico is one of only three Latin American countries that currently uses nuclear power. Herrera rejected renewable energy sources for the foreseeable future: "Until we find a model to make renewable energy more profitable, gas is more convenient."

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