Around The World [11.21.14]

Mexico

“Members of U.S. Marshals Service Join Military Operations in Mexico Against Drug Gangs

U.S. Justice Department personnel are disguising themselves as Mexican Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in Mexico, according to people familiar with the matter, an escalation of American involvement in battling drug cartels that carries significant risk to U.S. personnel.”

“Tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on the capital city to voice their anger over the uncertain fate of 43 college students, as masked protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City.”


Important
Drug Traffickers are infiltrating protesters, some masking themselves.


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“We are focused in our efforts against Mexican Drug Lords and Drug Traffickers.

“Suspected gang members have confessed to killing more than 40 students missing for six weeks, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo has said. “




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“A lot done, and quickly, but much more still to do

 Mr Peña deserves praise for his first four months in office. Having signed a pact with the two main opposition parties to overcome the gridlock that has prevented reforms, especially to the monopolies that hold Mexico back, the new president has targeted the monopolists. An education reform is aimed at seizing control of schools from the teachers’ union, 

Mr Peña is not the only one who deserves credit. So does the opposition. It has recognised that Mexicans want change, and is behaving better than the PRI did when out of office.

First, passing a law to make telecoms more competitive is only a first step: it must be implemented effectively. Second, a lot rests on a proposed energy reform (see article). Mexico could be an energy superpower,


the president has resiled from the idea of part-privatising Pemex, but he should at the very least allow it both to offer risk-sharing contracts to private investors for deepwater exploration, shale gas and refining, and to invest more of its profits, 

energy reform must go with fiscal changes, which would also finance a social-security reform designed to reduce the incentives for Mexicans to work in the informal economy, as one in two now does.

 His predecessor, Felipe Calderón, declared a “war” on drug traffickers which saw 70,000 people die in six years, 30,000 “disappear” and extortion and kidnapping become commonplace. strengthening the police and the court system. 

drug barons “


India

 “for India to return to the near-double-digit growth seen in the first decade of the 2000s, it will need to make sweeping changes such as cutting state subsidies and instead spending more on infrastructure, improving a stifling business environment and getting more women into the workforce.
Since taking office six months ago, the Modi administration has trimmed red tape, ended government price caps on diesel and allowed more foreign investment in some industries
Senior officials have hinted recently that bigger moves could be in the offing—including an end to India’s state coal monopoly and making it easier for companies to acquire land.
Mr. Sinha said the new government’s approach has been “systematic and methodical” and that it is using state governments as laboratories to try out new policies before rolling them out nationwide.
Japan has promised $30 billion in public and private investment over five years. China has pledged $20 billion.”


Iran Nuclear Deal




 
Pakistan / Afghanistan

“Thousands Have Fled Westward to Avoid Military Offensive in North Waziristan”



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