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Ah, Chihuahua! The changing character of the vast Mexican state that is our neighbor

by Tom Barry

Desert Exposure, Sep-04-2013 |

Facing a series of challenges that range from severe droughts to widespread drug-related violence, the people of Chihuahua have persevered. Tom Barry examines what the future will hold for the hardened Chihuahua natives... Read More »

Homeland Security Taps Generals to Run Domestic Drone Program: The Rise of Predators at Home

by Tom Barry

Truthout, Aug-07-2013 | Article

As drones are pushed by former generals, military-grade Predators have cost the Department of Homeland Security an enormous amount of money, with few results to show for it... Read More »

A Sotol Story

by Tom Barry

New Mexico Mercury, Jul-30-2013 | Article

The culture of the border region isn't just characterized by violence and armed soldiers, as Barry explains in this piece on the region's signature spirit, sotol.... Read More »

A Memorial for a Failed Border Policy

by Tom Barry

The MIT Press, Jul-15-2013 | Article

Congress's efforts to strengthen border security contribute to political goals, but do little to curb drug trafficking or increase safety at the border... Read More »

Cowboys and Indians

by Tom Barry

Boston Review, Jun-03-2013 | Article

As tensions rise in Chihuahua over water, farmers take to the streets in protest of the government's failure to protect their rights... Read More »

Magic and Realism in a Homemade Chihuahua Museum

by Tom Barry

New Mexico Mercury, May-23-2013 | Article

Through a visit to a homemade museum in Chihuahua, Tom Barry explores the region's water crisis from a different angle... Read More »

Drones Over the Homeland: From Border Security to National Security

by Tom Barry

Truthout, May-19-2013 | Article

Public attention and Congressional review, writes Barry, should focus on the increasing militarization of border control, especially in the management of the border drone program... Read More »

Changing Perspectives on U.S.-Mexico Relations

by Tom Barry

Truthout, May-07-2013 | Article

It’s unfortunate that the two presidents chose to hold their May 2-3 summit in Mexico City. Both nations and Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto would have been better served by a meeting at the border—where the grim reality of neighborly relations would not be masked by the pomp and circumstance of the grand presidential residence of Los Pinos... Read More »

America is a Smuggler Nation

by Tom Barry

CounterPunch, Apr-16-2013 | Article

Peter Andreas' new book, Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America, offers lessons and advice on fundamental policy challenges that the U.S. struggles with today, says Tom Barry... Read More »

The Coming Water Wars

by Tom Barry

Desert Exposure, Apr-02-2013 | Article

Small farm owners in the arid northern regions of Mexico are mobilizing to protect their water sources, which are gradually becoming depleted by the vast agribusinesses of the area's Mennonite farmers... Read More »

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