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ShowIntroduction :: MEXICO Panel - Collapsed The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved independence early in the 19th century. Elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. The global financial crisis in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn in Mexico the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010.

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The World Factbook The economy remains critically dependent on exports of shrimp and fish, income from resource exploration and extraction, and on a substantial subsidy from the Danish Government. The subsidy was budgeted to be about $651 million in 2012, approximately 56% of government revenues that year. The public sector, including publicly owned enterprises and the municipalities, plays the dominant role in Greenland's economy. Greenland's real GDP contracted about 1% in 2009 as a result of the global economic slowdown, but is estimated to have grown marginally in 2010-13. The relative ease with which Greenland has weathered the economic crisis is due to increased hydrocarbon and mineral exploration and extraction activities, a high level of construction activity in the Nuuk area and the increasing price of fish and shrimp.

Business as usual in Mexico? By Carlos Ramirez Allegations that WalMart-Mexico's executives bribed local officials to speed up permitting for new stores highlight the issues of corruption in Mexico, but will have little impact. In the short term, the Mexican federal government has announced an investigation regarding the federal permits granted to the retailer. But that seems to be a political response to the growing criticism of inaction by the authorities rather than a serious case against the company. Because the allegations of wrongdoing relate to local-level permitting, any federal investigation will likely turn up little, if anything, of note.

Caribbean News Now News from Mexico: Friday April 11, 2014 Next Mexico to host sixth ACS summit March 29, 2014 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, will address the opening ceremony of the sixth summit of heads of states and/or government of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), which takes place in Mérida, Mexico from April 30, 2014. World Guide - Mexico Country Profile | Demographics | Geography/Maps | Economic Data | Transport/Comms | Satellite Images | Internet Links | IMF WEO 2008 | World GIS Tool Population and Demographics [Compare Countries] Mexico has a population of 111,211,789 (July 2009 est.). Labour Force Labour Force demographics available via the Mexico economic data page Mexico - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette Welcome to our guide to Mexico. This is useful for anyone researching Mexican culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Mexico on business, for a visit or even hosting Mexican colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Mexcian people you may meet! Facts and Statistics Location: Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between

The World Factbook ShowIntroduction :: CANADA Panel - Collapsed A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867, while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest international border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec.

Journalist from Mexican news magazine found dead Police and residents outside Regina Martínez's house in the Felipe Carrillo neighbourhood in Xalapa. Photograph: Reuters A correspondent for the Mexican news magazine Proceso has been found dead inside her home in Veracruz state. Authorities believe the journalist, who often wrote about drug trafficking, was murdered. Pacific Sea-Floor Mapping: Pinnacles Region Open File Report OF01-006 Introduction Recent USGS mapping shows an extensive deep (~100 m) reef tract occurs on the Mississippi-Alabama outer continental shelf (Figure 1). The tract, known as "The Pinnacles", is apparently part of a sequence of drowned reef complexes along the "40-fathom" shelf edge of the northern Gulf of Mexico (Ludwick and Walton, 1957).

Traditions, Legends, Art, Music The Mexican culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide. The mixture of strong native legends, artistic expressions and Spanish culture elements make the Mexican culture unique. Being proud of their native heritage, Mexican people have preserved many of their ancestors’ traditions. Many of them are present in Mexican music, which resembles the music produced by the ancient Aztec’s drums and ceremonies. Mayan traditions are present in the Mexican culture as well, and maybe the biggest forms of expression that represent the Mexican pride on those traditions are the paintings. As the greatest exponent of the Mexican art, paintings have achieved a well deserved popularity outside Mexico. Tiny Mexican newspaper leads the fight for truth amid the drugs war Río Doce has to steer a fine line when reporting the drugs war - unearthing the truth without prompting revenge The ambush of a young man in his white Ferrari never looked like a run-of-the-mill murder. The arrival of a second group of gunmen to retrieve the body and the car, as police and reporters looked on, rammed home the point. The silence that followed made it crystal clear. As far as the authorities and the local daily papers were concerned nothing happened that night in Culiacán, the capital of the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa and bastion of the Sinaloa cartel.

Fast Track - Can Mexico re-brand itself? Drug-related violence in the resort of Acapulco has driven tourists away and put armed police and soldiers on the streets Can you re-brand a country in the same way you might re-brand a packet of soap powder? Some in Mexico are hoping you can after the intensive media coverage of drug cartels, violence, murder and kidnappings in the country. Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has called in a British expert on country branding for advice, and the country's tourism industry is now headed by a man who has worked for some of the biggest consumer brands in the world. More than 47,500 people have been killed since 2006 in drug-related incidents, with the numbers of tourists and investors going to some areas of Mexico falling as a result. Flawed reputation

PEN writers tell Mexican government to act against murderers of journalists A delegation of PEN International has called for "immediate and definitive action" to end the killings of journalists in Mexico. Calling the mounting death toll "an assault on the dignity and rights of all Mexicans and a blight on Mexico's reputation internationally," PEN International president John Ralston Saul said: "Our message is simple: the violence must stop." He was speaking at a press conference in Mexico City at the end of a five-day mission to Mexico by a delegation of 10 PEN members. Saul said the group came away from meetings with Mexican government officials "disappointed with the gap between rhetoric and action." PEN's message was echoed in an open letter signed by 170 of the world's leading writers that appeared as a full-page ad in El Universal last Friday.

Police attack journalists in Mexico The breakdown of law and order in certain Mexican cities means that journalists can not only not count on police protection but are also coming under attack from police officers. The latest example of police assaults on reporters happened last Friday, 3 February, in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Joel González, a reporter with El Diario, was arrested and beaten by officers while attempting to report on the arbitrary arrest of a citizen in front of the newspaper's offices. He has since filed a complaint with the attorney general for abuse by the authorities. El Diario also reported that on 31 January, police threatened and attacked reporters trying to photograph and film a police search of a home where three people were arrested and drugs and arms were seized. The day before, police pointed their rifles at two journalists from the newspaper Norte, forcing them to delete photos they had taken.