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Water War Will Continue as PRI Wins Back Sonora

In hindsight, the victory of Claudia Pavlovich of the PRI seemed assured given the crescendo of corruption scandals that started sweeping over the PAN administration in mid-2014.seemed assured given the crescendo of corruption scandals that started sweeping over the PAN administration in mid-2014.

Don’t Defund, Just Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security

If Obama wants to decouple immigration and border policies from counterterrorism and security policies, dismantling DHS may be the only way.

Americas Program Policy Report: Border Drones a Financial and Policy Bust

The CBP drone program’s lack of effectiveness, absence of a clear mission focus, gaping cost-benefit disjuncture, and failure to demonstrate comparative advantage over other aerial assets underscore that it is time to not only limit the program, but to shut it down.

Mining, Megaprojects, and Metrosexuals in Sonora

NOTE: This article is the thirteenth in a series by the CIP TransBorder Project that examines the water crisis on the U.S.-Mexico  Continue Reading »

Making Mining Dreams Come True in Mexico

NOTE: This article is the twelfth in a series by the CIP TransBorder Project that examines the water crisis on the  Continue Reading »

Mining Water in Sonora: Grupo México’s “Irregular” Water Permits in the Sonora, Yaqui, and San Pedro River Basins

Sonora like its neighboring states on either side of the international border is caught in a deepening water crisis — one that is largely its own making but now made ever more grim by the onslaught of climate change with its more extreme weather, prolonged droughts, and rising temperatures.

Grupo México is a major player in this crisis because of massive consumption of water. The virtual absence until recently of public, media, and governmental scrutiny of Grupo México’s water-use and environmental practices is a testament to the company’s privileged status in Mexico and especially in Sonora.

Mexico’s Three Mining Giants

The three richest men in Mexico – Carlos Slim Helú, Alberto Bailléres González, and Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco — are also the owners of Mexico’s top three mining corporations.

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