The stories behind the stories, plus observations from living and reporting in the Southwest. This blog is written by the reporters and editors of the Fronteras Desk.
Mexico's constitutional amendment that allows foreign participation in its domestic energy market has resulted in a first-ever partnership between two towns on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a classic Texas-style standoff between landowners and conservationists, a court ruling across the country may decide if water on the border is used for fracking oil and gas.
A conversation with professor George Grayson, co-author of a chronicle of Los Zetas, and journalist Jason McGahan, who has examined documents from recent trials of cartel leaders.
Once inside the prison, I asked to speak with a Barrio Azteca member. What came next was a stunning example of just how interconnected we are on the border.
An important freight train route linking Mexico's Pacific ports with markets in Texas and beyond was closed in 2006. Construction on a new rail bridge needed to reopen the route is expected to start next year. The economic implications for businesses and producers in both countries are significant.
A leading Mexican security analyst says legalizing marijuana in the United States will not lead to diminished violence in Mexico. That theory is disputed by pro-legalization advocates.
In their end-of-year report for 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated the agency stopped more than 420,789 people from crossing the border illegally. The number represents a 16 percent increase from the previous year.
One hundred years ago, Jan. 10,1914, Pancho Villa's rebel fighters routed Mexican federal troops at Ojinaga, Chihuahua, across from Presidio, Texas. To mark the anniversary of a battle that helped change the course of modern day Mexican history, the Chihuahua State Legislature and members of the state Supreme Court joined private citizens to invoke Villa's memory as an example that modern Mexico should follow.
"Part of our slogan has been 'what part of sacred don't you understand?'" said Klee Benally, a Navajo activist who has protested against the practice of pumping treated wastewater several miles up the mountain to make snow.
In 2010, Fronteras Desk contributor Lorne Matalon rode on a train known as La Bestia (The Beast) ferrying Central Americans through Mexico. That train derailed last weekend, killing at least six Hondurans and critically injuring at least 16 others.