Can Mexico save its journalists?

BBC NEWS — One was killed while resting in a hammock at a carwash. A second was dragged from his car and shot dead near the newspaper he had co-founded. When another was killed in front of her son, the criminals left a note: “For your long tongue”. Journalists are being murdered in Mexico and this is nothing new. This is one of the most dangerous countries for reporters, rights groups say, and more die here than in any other nation at peace.

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Spurned by Trump, China and Mexico talk about a trade deal

CNN — President Trump threatened to slap tariffs on China and Mexico during his campaign. Now the two nations could team up for their own trade deal.
China’s ambassador to Mexico, Qui Xiaoqi, emphasized that China is ready to talk to Mexico about a “free trade agreement.” “There is no difficulty from China’s side,” Qui said last week. “We have great interest in deepening and broadening these ties.”

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Fate of US-Mexico agreement on border security, war on drugs unclear

CGTN AMERICA — The Presidents of Mexico and the U.S. will meet for the first time at this week’s G-20 summit.  U.S. President Donald Trump has called for renegotiating the NAFTA trade agreement. He’s also promised to make Mexico pay for a border wall between the two countries. But it’s not clear what may happen to an agreement that governs border security.

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In a surprise, Mexican peso packs a punch under Trump

THE WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump’s promise to build a border wall with Mexico hasn’t stopped the peso from climbing. After diving toward record lows following Mr. Trump’s election in November, the Mexican currency has rebounded by more than 15 percent since Mr. Trump took office in January. The unexpected jump through the first half of 2017 comes despite Mr. Trump’s tough talk on immigration, NAFTA and border security with the U.S.’ third-largest goods trading partner.

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Coast Guard Faces Challenges at Sea, and at the Budget Office

THE NEW YORK TIMES — Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of Coast Guard operations in the Pacific Area, has a challenge almost as vast as the ocean he patrols in search of drug traffickers, with responsibilities for an area that is twice the size of the continental United States. The Coast Guard is struggling to keep pace, seizing about 20 percent of all the drugs that come into the United States through a coastal border, as its aging fleet attempts to pursue the speedboats favored by the traffickers.

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Prospects of getting additional US sugar quota not good for PHL–SRA

BUSINESS MIRROR — Following the settlement of the trade dispute between Mexico and the United States, the chief of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said the Philippines is unlikely to see an increase in its sugar quota from Washington in the next crop year. SRA Admistrator Anna Rosario V. Paner told the BusinessMirror that any increases in the country’s allocation—currently pegged at 142,160 metric ton raw value (MTRV), or 136,201 MT commercial weight—depends solely on how well Mexico could supply the sugar requirements of the US.

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Quixotic deal-maker

THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE — US President Trump has promoted himself as a deal-maker. He even has a book out on the subject. Look at some of his major actions or pronouncements recently. He has made it very clear that Mexico, a US ally, has had the better of the trade agreement and he has called the NAFTA a ‘disaster’ and would work to overturn it. He wants to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. Mexico is smarting under all the negativity, but is not making a counter offer.

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How Texas Politics Turned Right

KUOW — An article by New Yorker staff writer and Texas resident Lawrence Wright makes the case that Texas is a political bellwether. In “America’s Future Is Texas,” Wright argues that, indeed, as Texas goes, so goes the nation — politically speaking, at any rate.
At one time, Texas politics was controlled by Democrats. Beginning in the 1970s, the state underwent a sea change that ushered in a new era of Republican control. Wright’s article tackles the extent to which the state’s fast-changing demographics will actually affect the Republican’s grip on power.

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Texas House Speaker Didn’t Want Suicide Over ‘Bathroom Bill’

NBC DFW — The driving force in Texas behind a “bathroom bill” pushed back Monday after the Republican House speaker was quoted as saying he didn’t want a “suicide” on his hands over efforts to restrict which restrooms transgender people can use.
LGBT rights groups and other opponents, meanwhile, praised House Speaker Joe Straus over comments published in The New Yorker that signaled a moral opposition to a “bathroom bill” alongside his repeated condemnation of the measure as bad for the Texas economy.

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Texas Permanent School Fund Decreases Position in DHI Group, Inc.

THE MARKETS DAILY — Texas Permanent School Fund decreased its stake in DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE:DHX) by 1.0% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 35,927 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 380 shares during the period. Texas Permanent School Fund owned approximately 0.07% of DHI Group worth $142,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. Several other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of DHI Group by 95.0% in the first quarter.

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Texas Sailor Killed in Ship Collision Back Home for Burial

NBC DFW — A Texas sailor killed two weeks ago in the collision of a Navy destroyer with a container ship off the coast of Japan has returned home for burial. A procession escorting the remains of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez paused Saturday for a moment of silence outside a light blue trailer in Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley that was once his childhood home.

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FBI, groups at odds over efforts to ID immigrant remains

SENTINEL AND ENTERPRISE — Rolando Arriaza has visited hospitals, morgues and even the harsh, mesquite-covered terrain in South Texas that his brother trekked nearly two years ago after illegally crossing into the U.S. — all as part of an ongoing effort to find his sibling’s remains and bring his family closure. “You want to know if he died and you want to find the body,” said Arriaza, whose 50-year-old brother Hugo Arriaza, from Guatemala, disappeared in August 2015 after being abandoned by a smuggler when he became ill.

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Mexican artist, illegal immigrants to build wall then tear it down

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A Mexican artist will build a wall with the help of fellow illegal immigrants and then tear it down as part of a politically charged art exhibit in New York City. Bosco Sodi, a painter born in Mexico City, and a team of collaborators will create the six-foot high wall installation in a city park in September and then allow visitors to disassemble the installation and take pieces home, the New York Times reported.

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Officially American – Ortega celebrates first Fourth of July as a citizen

THE MIAMI NEWS-RECORD — The home of the free is officially la casita de Martin. In other words, Martin Ortega, owner of the La Casita de Martin in Grove, is celebrating his first Fourth of July holiday weekend as an American citizen. He took his formal oath of citizenship in March, after 14 years of waiting. “They said it was going to be six to 12 years, but it took 14,” Ortega said.

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Fourth of July brings mixed feelings for minorities

THE MIAMI NEWS-RECORD — As many in the United States celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, some minorities have mixed feelings about the revelry of fireworks and parades in an atmosphere of tension on several fronts. How do you celebrate during what some people of color consider troubling times?

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Mexican gunfight that killed 17 raises relatives’ fears of police executions

MAZATLAN, Mexico (July 4): Relatives of 17 suspected gang members killed late last week by police in northwest Mexico fear a skewed death toll points to what has become a grimly regular complaint in recent years — summary executions by security forces. The 17 men, who authorities said were armed with 24 guns, were killed by police near the coastal city of Mazatlan in the unruly state of Sinaloa on Friday night. Another two people died nearby in what appeared to be earlier, related shootings, the state attorney general’s office said.

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