Friday, April 10, 2015

Today's Mexico City Headlines: Excuse us, Mr. Narco, sir. Would it be a bother if we look around a bit for some gold?

A lot of follow-up today, starting with the resignation yesterday of the national water commissioner. David Korenfeld had been under fire for using a government helicopter two weeks ago to get him and his family from their home in the west of the city (yes, the complex where he lives has a helipad) to the airport so they could catch their flight to Vail, Colorado.
    All of the papers front the resignation, but none leads with it. El Universal’s head captures the humble tone of his parting words: “‘I assume the consequences’: David Korenfeld.”
    There may be more consequences than he bargained for. Opposition members of Congress are calling for a legal investigation

Reforma leads with a follow-up on  Tuesday’s major gold heist at a secluded mine in the state of Sinaloa. As presumed, the robbers — there were eight of them, heavily armed — had inside help. They knew where the four security doors were and had coded access cards to them.
    Reforma doesn't bury the lead, which has little to do with the revelation of inside help. In fact, it’s in the headline: “Mine yields to crime.” A quote from the Canadian mine’s owner explains what that means:
    “The cartels are active here. We generally have a good relationship with them. If we want to go out to explore a site somewhere, we ask them permission.”
    Just another aspect of doing business, apparently. Keep that quote in mind when you wonder how it is that so many small town mayors are known to have “ties” with local drug trafficking gangs.

President Peña Nieto is on his way to Panama for the Americas Summit. He stopped off at the Riviera Maya yesterday to announce an 18 billion-peso government investment in the tourist sector, and Milenio dutifully covered the speech under the lead headline of “Peña: It seems like we’re not looking at the good news.”
    That good news, he said, is right in front of our noses. He was referring to the growing tourism industry.
    It’s an age-old complaint from leaders, and they have a point. You read nothing but Today’s Mexico City Headlines, and you can be forgiven for assuming we’re all living a hellish nightmare. We’re not. We just like to know what’s going on.


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