Benjamin Alire Saenz is a Chicano poet, novelist, professor and painter who lives near El Paso, Texas, just across the border from the Mexican town of Juarez. Much of his work addresses the land and people of the area.
In other news Monday, heavy oil reached mainland beaches in Mississippi for the first time as tropical storm waves limited the amount of oil that could be siphoned. Also, people in Kyrgyzstan voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to create Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy. Continue reading
For more on the deadly war that rages along the U.S.-Mexico border and the United States’ role in fueling the drug trade, Ray Suarez talks with Allert Brown-Gort of Notre Dame University and Andrew Selee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Continue reading
As President Barack Obama stresses the need for independence from fossil fuels, filmmaker Emma Cott examines one alternative energy project that is looking to harness wind power from Mexico to help meet California’s energy demands. Continue reading
As soccer’s biggest tournament gets underway in South Africa, Ray Suarez gets the rundown of day one at the World Cup — and a look at the coming month of matches — from sports writers Christine Brennan and David Hirshey. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, a report indicated that some of the nation’s military dead may have been misidentified or misplaced at Arlington National Cemetery, and an American servicemember was killed in Afghanistan, marking the 20th U.S. death there this month. Continue reading