This Week’s Under-reported News Summary – Jan. 11, 2023

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Chinese army patrol clash with Indian troops near Tibet
  • An “electoral reform” in Mexico may make elections less safe
  • Companies pioneering clean extraction of lithium under Salton Sea

• For some 60 years India and China have engaged in an intermittent border conflict across their common 2000-mile border in the Himalayas. The latest flareup occurred in mid-December when a Chinese army patrol clashed with Indian troops in the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh near Tibet. The incident injured six Indian soldiers, on land China claims as its territory.

(“India-China Dispute: Shadow of 60 Year War of Border Flashpoint,” BBC News, Dec. 14, 2022; “Age Old Cashmere Trade Ensnarled in Military Tensions High in the Himalayas,” Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2023)

• Mexico’s populist President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, has long been at odds with Mexico’s election commission, a cornerstone of democratic reforms in the country. Tensions go back to 2006, when AMLO, a former mayor of Mexico City narrowly lost the presidential election by less than 1 percent of the vote to center-right candidate Felipe Calderon, election results he claimed were rigged.

(“Mexico: Man Bites Watchdog,” Economist, Dec. 20, 2022)

• Violent storms are common in the desolate sands of California’s Sonoran Desert south of Palm Springs, that stretches to the Mexican border.  The American Prospect reports that dust from Imperial County’s dry lake bed is polluted with agricultural chemicals, and blows into nearby towns contributing to pediatric asthma hospitalizations in the region, at a rate twice the state average — a crisis for the disproportionately poor residents.

(“Building Steam in Lithium Valley,”  American Prospect, Dec. 5, 2022)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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