The question facing Sonora and most other states on both sides of the international border across the TransBorder West is whether governments and inhabitants are willing to accept the expense and impact of sustaining their hydraulic societies. Whether the benefits of new water megaprojects outweigh the costs?
Hydraulic megaprojects will keep Sonora “competitive and sustainable” and create a “Nuevo Sonora,” declared Governor Guillermo Padrés at the start of his six-year term (2009-2015). Elsewhere, local and national governments and international institutions are shifting their focus away from megaprojects like dams.
Adrián Rodríguez Garcia and Wilson Castro, who provided food and other aid to migrants in Mexico State were shot to death in their pick-up truck on Nov. 23. A criminal gang for its assaults on migrants in the town of Tequixquiac, north of Mexico City, fired a round of bullets into their truck.
The Mesoamerican Migrant Movement estimates that there are 70,000 to 150,000 disappeared migrants in Mexico. Echoing the cries of “Because they were taken away alive, we want them back alive!” resonating across Mexico with the case of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, the mothers chanted in downtown Oaxaca: “Because they came here alive, we want them back alive!”