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Borderline Paranoia

It was an early morning in mid-May. Norberto Velez, 55, and his son Norangel, 32, were driving through ranchland in far West Texas. They […]

The Jemima Code: Toni Tipton-Martin Explores the Politics of the Kitchen, Past and Present.

AUSTIN, Texas—In the cafeteria-turned-classroom at UT Elementary School, Toni Tipton-Martin struggles to keep six restless boys focused on hot cocoa, the day’s nutrition lesson. […]

FBI Pushes Secure Communities as Part of Massive Biometric Collection Program

Last year the Dept. of Homeland Security led local government officials to believe that they could opt out of the Secure Communities program if […]

Observer Nominated for Six AltWeekly Awards

We woke up this morning to exciting news. The Texas Observer is a finalist for for six honors from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, […]

Can a Grieving Poet’s Movement for Peace Save Mexico?

On a broiling mid-June afternoon in Juarez, Javier Sicilia stepped on to a makeshift stage in a downtown park to address at least 2,000 […]

Javier Sicilia Leads a Protest Against Mexico’s Drug War

Poet and activist Javier Sicilia lost his son to the drug violence that has plagued Mexico. In June, he led a caravan 1,500 miles across Mexico, stopping in some of the most ravaged cities to hold rallies for the grief-stricken communities.

Despair in Fashion

Justin Sewell isn’t perfect. He admires “outliers” like Ralph Nader (even after my insistence that Nader can never, ever be forgiven for helping to […]