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A New Digital Master Plan For Deutsche Post, The World’s Largest Logistics Operations

The privately-run German postal service has more logistics business than any other single enterprise. Now it is taking its stab at competing in the Internet age – and the news business.

German postal box (Sludgegulper)
German postal box (Sludgegulper)
Caspar Busse and Hans-Jürgen Jakobs

BONN - To "Generation Web," printing Internet material -- whether text or visuals -- to create a hardback book seems like a weird idea. But it's working for Deutsche Post. The German postal service says its digital application, "Social Memories," for Facebook users worldwide, has been a huge success.

Each book may contain up to 28 pages, and Deutsche Post will send it anywhere in the world for 19 euros plus postage. The offer was posted mid-May on Facebook, and according to the company 80,000 orders have already been received – while more than 10,000 Facebook users have "liked" the app.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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