Trump: Cancelled Ford Plant in Mexico Is “Just the Beginning”

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jan 5, 2017, 2:14 pm
Donald Trump
Donald Trump took credit for Ford’s decision to keep operations in the US instead of Mexico. (Gage Skidmore)

EspañolUS President-elect Donald Trump said he was very pleased that Ford cancelled a $1.6 billion investment in Mexico, and instead will continue investing within the US.

This Wednesday, January 4, the Republican tweeted his thanks to Ford for its decision not to move part of its operations to the state of San Luis Potosí in Mexico, and instead to create 700 new jobs in Michigan.

“This is just the beginning, much more to follow,” Trump said on Twitter.

Though Ford officials denied the decision was linked to an agreement with the president-elect, the announcement came hours after Trump threatened General Motors with paying “a large border tax” on Mexican-made cars entering the United States.

Before Ford, Carrier backed down on its own plans to invest in Mexico, suggesting that there are more companies to follow in such decisions.

“His government is going to try to get more companies out of Mexico to manufacture in the United States, especially in labor depressed states such as Michigan,” Jose Alberto Moreno, stock market analyst and investment strategy adviser, said.

“Donald Trump wants to bring factories to the United States to artificially increase the number of jobs, but what he’s going to get is that his companies are less competitive. Cars will be more expensive to produce and will lose appeal compared to those of other companies that do manufacture in Mexico. ”


According Moreno, Mexico should target the automobile companies in Asia and Europe that already have established operations in the states of Puebla, Nuevo León, or Aguascalientes.

Source: Animal Político.

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Mexican Governor Uses World Class Hacking Methods against Adversaries

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jan 5, 2017, 1:19 pm
The governor of Mexico's Puebla state has been accused of espionage on political opponents (

Español Rafael Moreno Valle, the governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, has been singled out for using espionage to monitor opposition politicians and even others belonging to his own National Action Party (PAN). Among the victims of Moreno Valle's espionage was Margarita Zavala, former first lady and presidential candidate, ex PAN president Gustavo Madero Muñoz, and current president Ricardo Anaya. Read More: Mexico Surpasses Canada as Top Agricultural Supplier to the United States Read More: Pemex's Fall: A Lesson for Mexico about the Market and the State The accusations against the governor began in October 2015 when WikiLeaks leaked information regarding the purchase of spy equipment from the Italian company Hacking Team for 322 million pesos (USD $16 million) for the Metropolitan Public Security Complex. This figure was higher than the 261 million pesos (USD $13 million) invested by the National Security and Research Center (Cisen) for the implementation of espionage software. Due to this investment, Puebla became Hacking Team's largest customer in the Mexican Republic. According to the article "Cyberware for Sale" published by The New York Times, former representative Violeta Lagunes received a series of strange messages via email. These messages seemed harmless as they came from the account of a trusted colleague. One of the messages requested her to download and review a document, which did not work since the link appeared to be broken. Lagunes sent a message to her colleague requesting him to send him a new link; however he replied that he had not, in fact, sent the first email. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The strange occurrences continued when Lagunes received messages in her email in which she was warned that someone was trying to log into her Google account. She also received calls from several of her PAN colleagues who had received emails from her account when she had not sent any. This hack prevented Lagunes from communicating with a team of around 40 field operators who were working to get out the vote in Puebla in favor of the opposition candidate running against Moreno Valle for the leadership of PAN in that state. According to investigations, the hackers found a list of names, as well as telephone numbers, of these political operators, and intimidated them. The New York newspaper interviewed one of the operators, who said that after the hacking he could not communicate with his work team and also said that those who retained online capabilities received calls with threatening messages: "We know who you are. If you do not want any problems, turn off your phone and stop what you are doing." These actions were intended to maintain the current leadership of PAN in 2014, a crucial test for Moreno Valle, who aspires to the presidency in 2018. Since 2010 Moreno Valle has been accused by his opponents of resorting to increasingly harsh measures to keep the government under his control, according to the New York Times. Currently, Mexico is Hacking Team's largest customer, accounting for almost 6 million euros in sales according to leaked documents. Source: Sin Embargo

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