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Mexico facing 'big political crisis' in aftermath of student disappearances, says ambassador to U.S.

November 12th, 2014
04:20 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Mexico is facing a “big political crisis,” the country’s Ambassador to the United States told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, nearly two months after 43 students were forcibly abducted by the police and are now feared murdered.

“It is a big political crisis for Mexico. We are all outraged by these brutal events and the only feeling that we can have is to share this sorrow and pain from the parents of these students who are still missing,” Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora said.

In what was the first interview a Mexican government official has given to the international media since the students’ disappearance on September 26, Medina Mora maintained that the government is facing this crisis “with every single tool at our reach in order to impede this to happen again.”

“We have 10,000 people deployed on the terrain as we speak, searching for these students actively. We have a very clear path of investigation. We have hypothesis that actually shows that it might be the case that they are dead, they have been killed.”

“But we are not stopping the search here. The investigation is an open one.”


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Flawed legal system encouraging Mexico’s criminals, says former foreign minister

October 30th, 2014
05:05 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN 

Mexico’s brutal cycle of violence and crime is fuelled by a legal system that continuously fails to investigate, arrest and penalize its criminals, former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda told CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Thursday.

“In general, in Mexico, the rule of law does not really lead to punishment for those who commit crimes.  There are no investigations.  There are very few trials and very few sentences, let alone prison,” he said.

Protests have broken out across the country following the disappearance of 43 students more than a month ago. They were allegedly taken by the police before staging a demonstration in the south western town of Iguala, never to be seen again.

The incident has brought into light the underlying issues of rampant narco-crime and endemic corruption. Castañeda explained why offenders in Mexico have a “very high level of confidence” they will not be brought to justice.

“So when the army kills 22 people in Tlatlaya, or 43 students from Ayotzinapa disappear, the people who did that, whoever they may be, have very little to fear because they know that the ones who did similar things before have not been punished,” he said.


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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón makes economic case for tackling climate change

June 24th, 2014
02:49 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Is climate change a crisis “we can’t afford to ignore”?

“For most of decision-takers – either governments or businessmen – the main obstacle is on the economic side,” Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“So as the American campaign once said, ‘It's the economy, stupid’” – referring to the informal slogan of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

A growing chorus of power brokers are making the case that tackling climate change makes economic sense above all else. The latest is Former U.S. Treasury Sectary Henry Paulson, a Republican who served under George W. Bush.

He has now joined an army of top U.S. business leaders with an economic analysis of doing nothing, called “Risky Business.”

“It is possible, completely,” Calderon said. “We can have economic growth, poverty alleviation – we can create jobs being responsible with the environment.”


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Mexico's position as an emerging market

January 28th, 2014
10:03 AM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to Mexican Finance Minister Luis Vildegaray about why Mexico's economy looks promising.

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Mexico's crosswalk superhero

May 30th, 2013
06:02 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports on a self-styled superhero doing battle with the worst traffic in the world!

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Facing death to report the story in Mexico

March 22nd, 2013
01:13 PM ET

Torture, sexual assault, kidnapping and death threats have not silenced Mexican investigative journalist Lydia Cacho.

She has courageously reported on corruption, drug violence and sex trafficking in her home country for several decades, sometimes even exposing the corrupt practices of government officials and high-powered business people.

Fearing for her life, she was forced to flee Mexico last summer, but has now returned there to continue her work.

In the video above, Cacho tells CNN’s Hala Gorani why she continues her fight to report the truth, despite the horrendous challenges she faces.

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Mexico's Consul General takes your questions

February 5th, 2010
06:02 PM ET

We took your questions from Facebook and Twitter and put them to Mexico's Consul General for New York, Rubén Beltrán:

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Former Mexican official urges legalizing marijuana

February 2nd, 2010
11:35 PM ET
Mexico’s former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda and Mexico's Consul General in New York Rubén Beltrán
Mexico’s former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda and Mexico's Consul General in New York Rubén Beltrán

(CNN) – The United States and Mexico should both legalize marijuana in an attempt to break the power of the Mexican drug cartels and end the spiraling violence south of the border, Mexico’s former Foreign Minister said Tuesday.

Jorge Castaneda, in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, said, “It should be legalized in both countries”. He stated it was ridiculous for Mexico to try to stop marijuana from entering the U.S. when it’s legally sold for medical purposes in Los Angeles.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration says that 60 percent of the Mexican (drug) cartels’ profits come from marijuana. If we start with that, it’s a big chunk”, he added.

“We can’t do everything overnight.. and we can’t do it in Mexico if the U.S. doesn’t do it at the same time.”

Castaneda strongly criticized Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon for declaring war against the drug cartels, a war that has cost as many as 17,000 lives since he took office in December 2006.


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