Mexico

Heavy rains in southern Mexico caused multiple mudslides in the states of Puebla and Veracruz, reportedly killing at least 39 people.

Hurricane Earl had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached Mexico on Thursday, and dissipated by Saturday. But the remnants of the storm brought torrential rains that caused major damage over the weekend.

At least 28 people died in the mountains in the northern region of Puebla state, The Associated Press reports:

From Texas Standard:

El Paso and Juarez are sister cities of sorts. They share a border, cultural ties, and of course, economic ones. But even though the towns are close, the cost of living between the two are worlds apart.

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In 2012, a senior official in the Department of Homeland Security declared that Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala was now, essentially, the southern border of the U.S. Two years later, gang violence and poverty in Central America drove tens of thousands of young migrants from Mexico’s southern neighbors to cross into Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S.

From Texas Standard:

In May, Mexico's Secretariat of Public Education fired 3,000 teachers. The government agency claimed the teachers had not worked for three days. The teachers say they were on strike because of recent education reforms.

In June, the government arrested the leader of a dissident teacher union splinter group, CNTE, on charges of corruption. Then yesterday, six people were killed and dozens of civilians and police were injured in clashes in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The tension between teacher unions and the government is escalating.

 


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