In Wake Of Student Abductions, Mexico Proposes Reforms

Mexico Proposes Reforms To Combat Organized Crime
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced a series of measures to stem the infiltration of organized crime into municipalities and city halls around the country following the wave of protests over the disappearance of 43 teaching students two months ago in the southern state of Guerrero, reports Fox News Latino.

The reforms are a response to the intense criticism Nieto’s government has faced concerning its handling of the abduction of 43 college students, who many are convinced were murdered two months ago by members of a local drug cartel.

The 10-point plan was outlined in a public address and includes proposals empowering the central government to dissolve local authorities involved in organized crime and giving state authorities control over municipal police.

“It’s hard to take Peña’s announcement on human rights seriously, given that it’s largely about commitments and plans that were supposedly already ongoing,” said José Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch tells The Wall Street Journal.

“It appears that the government is merely repackaging the same initiatives.”

US Cannot Ignore Syria As It Battles ISIS
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has penned an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he argues that the Obama administration’s strategy to combat ISIS is lacking two key components.

Although he agrees destroying ISIS should be the top priority because it poses “the clearest” threat to the region, he says the policy must recognize that the Assad regime in Syria must be taken down and that the “underlying issues that created the space for the Islamic State to emerge and metastasize” have to be addressed.

“However, I am concerned that the administration has turned its attention away from our previous goal: bringing about the end of the oppressive, violent rule of Bashar al-Assad. Now is the time for the administration to take a hard look at where this conflict started: in deep-seated grievances against oppressive national governments in Damascus and Baghdad.

Quick Hits
Daily Beast columnist Jay Michaels examines the role of religion in the climate change debate.

The re-emergence of the internationalist wing of the Republican Party is addressed by the Wall Street Journal’s Matt Kaminski.

NPR reports on the journey of Pope Francis to Turkey, a nation in which Christians are disappearing.


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