FROM Eric Martin
Quake devastates central Mexico: Extent of the damage and relief efforts We get the latest from Mexico City on the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday, and the rescue efforts. Hundreds of people have died. Buildings collapsed. We look at why Mexico City is particularly vulnerable to destruction from earthquakes. And will California ever get an early warning system?
Mexico's reaction to Trump's election Horrified Mexicans watched the American presidential election returns on TV, as the US chose the man who promised a wall between our two countries, the deportation of undocumented people and the end of NAFTA — all despite deep ties between our people and our economies. "Trump y Peña Nieto out" After Canada and China, America’s third largest trading partner is Mexico, and there may be no country that watched the election results as intensely. Viewers did not need any reminder about that "wall" -- to keep out the rapists, drug dealers and other "bad hombres." Eric Martin is in Mexico City for Bloomberg News . Special thanks to editorial intern Meghan Coyle for production assistance.
Nationwide Protesters Convene on Mexico City It’s the anniversary of Mexico’s revolution in 1910, but a day of celebration has turned into a day of mass protest against political corruption and the likely murders of 43 students. Eric Martin reports for Bloomberg News from Mexico City.
A Crime Solved Sparks Outrage in Mexico Outrage over corruption in Mexico reached new heights this weekend, after authorities announced that drug-gang hitmen had confessed to murdering 43 students who went missing in September. The drug cartel members say they were acting in collusion with police under orders from the mayor of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, and his wife. Over the weekend demonstrators set fire to the doors of the National Palace in Mexico City and on Monday they blocked access to Acapulco Airport. The brutality of this story has brought to a head Mexicans’ frustrations with and outrage at President Enrique Peña Nieto’s failure to stem narco-violence and rampant corruption in the nation’s criminal justice system.
Obama’s Mexico Visit Marred by Keystone Pipeline, Party Politics President Obama will spend today in Mexico at a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Obama wants a new trade agreement with Pacific Nations, but the leaders may not be the "three amigos" of previous summits. Eric Martin, who covers economics in Latin America for Bloomberg News , is in Mexico City.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.