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Hello to all our Today in Latin America subscribers. The LAND staff will be taking vacation until the beginning of September, meaning our daily newsletter will be on hold until then. Nos vemos en Septiembre. Top Story — Mexico’s National Human rights Commission has heavily criticized the government’s investigation into the likely massacre of 43…

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, during 2014 arrest (Image: CNN, screenshot)

Top Story — The head of Mexico’s prison system as well as two other prison officials, including the director of the Altiplano maximum-security prison from which powerful drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped on Saturday, have been fired, and a $ 3.8 million has been issued for information leading to Guzmán’s capture, according to…

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The Sinaloa Cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped for the second time in his life from a Mexican prison on Saturday night. Guzmán, who is widely considered the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, reportedly escaped from the Altiplano prison through an underground tunnel a mile long, which he accessed through a 20-inch hole in…

Cuahtémoc Blanco, the likely mayor-elect of Cuernavaca. (Image: Hefebreo, CC BY-SA 3.0)

The party of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto appears to have won a majority of legislative seats in Sunday’s midterm elections as votes continued to be tallied on Monday, suggesting that widespread dissatisfaction will not prevent Peña Nieto from putting forward his agenda over the second half of his presidency. The election of at least…

Jaime Rodríguez, who is poised to be Mexico's first independent governor. (Image: Estefania Acevedo, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — In congressional elections marred by gang violence and widespread protests, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party is expected to keep a slight majority as polls closed Sunday. The elections were seen as a litmus test for Peña Nieto, who has faced discontent over poor economic growth and several conflict-of-interest…

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Mexico’s government on Monday faced harsh criticism from a coalition of civil society groups following reports that it suspended the evaluation of public schoolteachers, a main component of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s ambitious education reform as well as a leading grievance of protesting teachers, who have promised to disrupt local elections on Sunday. The reversal…

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Top Story — Mexican authorities on Monday reaffirmed their earlier statement that a shootout Friday between federal police officers and suspected criminal gunmen was a legitimate engagement, in which not one of the 42 gunmen killed was executed. Mexico’s top federal police official, Enrique Galindo, said as much on Monday despite statements by people claiming…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. (Chatham House, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is drafting legislation to give foreign investors and private companies more leverage over rural landowners, according to government sources who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. If passed in its current format, the proposed bill will comprise the most significant reform of land…

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Top Story — A Mexican military helicopter was shot down on Friday by gunmen seemingly affiliated to the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), highlighting the group’s increased prominence as a target of the government’s ongoing crackdown on criminal organizations. At least three soldiers were killed when the helicopter was shot down over the state of…