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Thus Spake Obama
FAISAL MOGHUL
He came, he saw, he betrayed! Barack Obama campaigned on the twin themes of hope and change. His soothing sales pitch reassured both America and the world that his administration would mark a stark difference from the previous one; that diplomacy, transparency and ...
Birth, Language and Citizenship
GYANENDRA PANDEY
The ‘birthing’ controversy is news again. Is the President really American? He doesn’t really look it! Or always act like he is: remember the Barrack-Michelle closed-fist salute? I moved to the US from India fourteen years ago, and am still struck by...
Bringing the Battlefield to the Border
TODD MILLER
William “Drew” Dodds, the salesperson for StrongWatch, a Tucson-based company, is at the top of his game when he describes developments on the southern border of the United States in football terms. In his telling, that boundary is the line of scrimmage, and the techn...
Dirty No More!
DIANE LEFER
Last month I learned about a genocide I had never known of before. It happened not in an isolated unknown part of the world, but in Southern Italy, the ancestral home of members of my own family. Even more shocking to me, Southern Italians themselves are only now beginnin...
Papers, Please
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Two bits of bad news to dampen any cheer earlier reports might have warranted.  It is accompanied by one bit of good news.  The bad news comes from Alabama and Iowa.  The good news comes from Arizona, a state normally known as a bellwether for bad news. Early...
The Ordeal of Pérez Méndez
TODD MILLER
It’s true, Pérez Méndez doesn’t look 21. He has the soft facial features of a 14 year old child or younger, which make the interaction between him and U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Marshall in the Tucson federal courthouse even more painful to watch. Pérez Ménd...
Drones and the Dream of Remote Control in the Borderlands
JOSEPH NEVINS
Drones along the U.S. boundaries with Mexico and Canada are coming under criticism from an unexpected source: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—or, more specifically, the department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The critique helps open the door to t...
The Killing of Anastasio Hernández Rojas
JOSEPH NEVINS
Eyewitness accounts and video footage shown in a PBS documentary last week provide shocking proof that U.S. federal agents brutally beat Anastasio Hernández Rojas, tased him five times, and ultimately killed him—this while he lay on the ground with his arms handcuffed ...
Human Trafficking and Telling Stories
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
I recently read Wendi Adelson’s book on human trafficking This is Our Story, and ...
The Return of Judge Roy Moore
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s hard to keep Alabama out of the news.  Two of its recent newsworthy events deserve attention.  The first is its attempt to improve on the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, a 76-page statutory creation as remarkable for its length as for...
Indigenous Autonomy and Immigration
DEVON G. PENA
A recent poster prepared by Michigan State University assistant professor and artist,  Dylan Miner, asks that we R...
Levity on the Right
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Among animals, one  has a sense of humor. – Marianne Moore, The Pangolin It is always refreshing when folks who are charged with dealing with really serious subject matter bring a note of levity into the proc...
Operation Cross Check
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is lauding itself for deporting more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators in a six day national “...
Secure Communities on Thin ICE
TANYA GOLASH-BOZA
There are ten million undocumented migrants in the United States who risk deportation if apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE only has ...
Santorum and the New Know-Nothings
DAVID ROSEN
Money matters, in politics as in other aspects of American life.  The March 6’s Super Tuesday Republican playoffs in 10 states were one more round in the political-Nascar crash-dummy derby.  And for all his money and organizational muscle, Mitt Romney’s campaign yet...
Doing Biden’s Bidding
LAURA CARLSEN
Vice President Joe Biden landed in Mexico City last night and he’s left little doubt about his mission—to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes at a time ...
When Do You Start Counting?
RODOLFO F. ACUÑA
When the great Muhammad Ali was asked how many sit ups he did, he responded,  “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, that is when I start counting, because then it really counts, that’s what makes you a champion.” These wo...
Neo-Racism in the Southwest
JORGE MARISCAL
The surge of neo-racism in Arizona, especially racism directed at people of Mexican descent, has received sporadic media coverage over the past year.  But for the most part news about the economy and presidential politics has pushed off the front page Arizona’s attack ...
Big Government, Big Fence
TOM BARRY
Time has worn down embossed lettering on the bronze plaque on the 6-ft. obelisk marking the U.S.-Mexico border. My friend and I had stopped to look at the boundary monument, and were trying to decipher the lettering (English on north side of monument, Spanish on so...
Arizona’s War on Mexican-American Studies
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
Early on the morning of the 7th day, God wrote HB 2281; then he rested. That’s the way conservative Arizonans view this clearly unconstitutional and immoral anti-Ethnic Studies measure. The opponents of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies (MAS)...
The Everardo Torres Police Killing in Madera
SAL SANDOVAL
Not a single person’s eyes were dry when Melchor Torres of Madera , California recounted the story of his son’s murder while in police custody on the night of October 22, 2002. Melchor was an invited guest to the Merced-based October 7, 2011 meeting of the ...
Take Local Police Out of Immigration Enforcement
BILL QUIGLEY and SUNITA PATEL
Nations and organizations around the globe observed yesterday as International Migrants Day. Twenty-two years ago, on December 18, 1990 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers a...
Why Should We Care About Mexico?
LAURA CARLSEN
The cold, hard numbers of the poor and the dead are familiar. Instead we are told that we should care—or rather, worry—about Mexico for a very different reason. The State Department, the Pentagon, the press and members of Congress tell us, with increasing shril...
Drones Are Coming to a Theater Near You
TOM BARRY
“The UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are coming.”  So says Candice Miller, the Republican congresswoman from the Michigan borderlands near Detroit. She should know. Miller chairs the Border and Maritime Security of the House Committee on Homeland Security, whi...
Who Killed Joaquin Luna?
JOSEPH NEVINS
Last Friday Joaquin Luna put on a white shirt and black tie—the same ones he wore every Sunday at the church he attended. The eighteen-year-old high school senior then kissed family members, went into the bathroom of his mother’s house in south Texas, and shot and kil...