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PIcture from the production of the play, showing the two protagonists

Building the Wall (a Review)

Logic is the brick and mortar of Borderlands Theater’s current production, Building the Wall. Only two actors are on stage for the 90 minute show. Fittingly, the pressure this puts both under adds to the tension required for this drama. Gloria, played by T. Loving, is a professor allowed to interview Rick, a maximum security […]

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An anonymous graffiti artist painted Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in a bulletproof vest near the spot in Nogales, Sonora, where he died

DEATH ON THE LINE: Supreme Court Kicks 4th Amendment Cross-Border Shooting Decision Back to Appeals Court (Commentary)

U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz shot through the Nogales U.S. border fence on October 10, 2012, leaving ten bullets in the back of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The trial of Agent Swartz on second degree murder charges, delayed six times, is rescheduled for next October 12. Border Patrol withheld video of the […]

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The Yaqui’s DAPL: Mexico Reportedly Moves Ahead With the Agua Prieta Pipeline

A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has become a major controversy involving the local Yaqui indigenous community, which is less that pleased about the Agua Prieta tube’s route (straight through Yaqui territory). Things went from bad to worse on Oct. 21, when the pipeline’s supporters attacked a group of protesters, killing one, wounding eight, and causing […]

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JUSTICE SUSPENDED: photo essay

Four years after her 16-year-old son was killed by a border patrol agent who fired at least ten bullets through the international boundary at Nogales, Arizona, into his back, Araceli Rodriguez, the boy’s mother, will have to wait any decision in her lawsuit against the agent until the U.S. Supreme Court answers constitutional questions raised […]

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Flyer for the play reviewed

Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country (review)

There is a rare and wonderful feeling when you know you have witnessed something remarkable live onstage. That is the punch Borderlands Theater delivers with Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country. It’s not only that you have just watched Richard Montoya, accomplished playwright and actor, in a brilliant interpretation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (spoiler alert: […]

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La Noche del Concierto sin Fronteras

The Concert without Borders Saturday, April 16, is troubled by chilly winds that flap the huge banners hung behind two stages separated by the U.S. border fence and eventually help drop the temperature down to the 40’s. The sound system is desperately in need of sound check in both English and Spanish. Tremendous enthusiasm for […]

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Music Knows No Borders

What if the barrier between the United States and Mexico were a wall of song? April 16, for the fourth year, Concert without Borders proves a border can easily be crossed by both music and good will. The event features musicians from Mexico and the United States performing on stages separated only by the slatted […]

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