Border Digest – 28 March, 2014

US/MEXICO: McClatchy’s Tim Johnson on the death of 16 year-old kid in Nogales, shot through the border fence separating the United States and Mexico. At least 10 alleged “rock throwers” have been killed by U.S Border Patrol Agents in recent years.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep just finished touring the 2500 mile US/Mexico border. The stories are excellent, and will be compiled into a digital magazine next week. Here’s a few highlights:

SYRIA/LEBANON: Yabroud, recently taken from rebel control by the Syrian army, is one of many strategic frontier towns that are crucial nodes of control over the notoriously porous Lebanese/Syrian border.

IRAN/IRAQ: Economic and political ties between the Iranian and Iraqi governments are deepening, and last month’s announcement that they would soon (re-)implement the 1975 Algiers Accords addresses one of the oldest and most destructive disputes between the two countries: the location of the Iran-Iraq border, and how to administer the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which, as the following map shows, is the site of numerous Iranian and Iraqi shipping terminals.