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News and Analysis: Feb 11 - Mar 3, 2013

1 - GORDILLO IN PRISON, EDUCATION REFORM APPROVED
2 - EZLN NAMES NEW SUBCOMANDANTE
3 - SOBERING LABOR STATISTICS   

1 - GORDILLO IN PRISON, EDUCATION REFORM APPROVED

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Newly elected President Enrique Pena Nieto of the PRI is on a political roll, passing a groundbreaking education reform bill on Monday and arresting Elba Esther Gordillo, “president for life” of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), the following day. The powerful leader of 1.5 million teachers is charged with stealing US$200 million from the union, which may be the tip of the iceberg. Gordillo reportedly spent US$1 million on a house on an island near San Diego, US$3 million at a single Neiman Marcus store, and US$17,000 on plastic surgery (of which the unflattering result is often referenced in the Mexican press). Her declared earnings on tax returns from 2009 to 2012 were US$88,000 per year. Every Mexican knows she is a criminal, especially the teachers, despite her recent deluded claim, “There is no one more loved by their people than I. I care about the teachers.” She should have been prosecuted years ago. Call it legal cover for a political decision.

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News and Analysis: October 22-28

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1 - INCREASED MIGRATION SIGNALS IMPROVING JOB MARKET
2 - LABOR REFORM STAGNATES IN CONGRESS

An increase this year in migration from Mexico to the US, reported by a bi-national study led by El Colegio del Norte and the University of Southern California, indicates an improving US employment market, at least in low wage jobs.  For the past several years, the political class boasted of migration at a standstill after decades of increases, attributing the decreases to beefed up border patrols.  Migration declined from 2008 until the end of 2011, then reversed trend in the first two quarters of 2012.  Data is collected by the Border Survey of Mexican Migration, which relies on interviews with undocumented migrants, both those heading north and those returning to Mexico.  Migration dynamics often prove to be a leading economic indicator, in that migrant workers begin to respond to economic changes before they are fully realized in the economy.  In this case, the indication is that US employers are looking for cheap labor, perhaps below minimum wage in some sectors, as an anemic recovery slowly begins to take root.

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