Tesla recently announced plans for a lithium battery "gigafactory" and is considering four southwestern US states for its location. The city of Tucson has made a formal proposal to become the site of the Tesla giga plant.
Reactions in the region have ranged from name calling to accusations of Russian meddling to observations of declining world powers.
Paul Salopek, the man behind the Out of Eden project, walked into Jerusalem recently and talked with the Monitor about his epic adventure circumnavigating the world.
The business community in western Michoácan, Mexico, is trying to regain its footing after years of terror under the thumb of the Knights Templar criminal gang.
The vigilante movement has been hailed in Mexican towns where the Knights Templar cartel wrecked havoc, but it raises questions about extralegal policing.