Deborah AmosDeborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
Migrants walk next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, in September 2009. The U.S. recession has serious repercussions on the Mexican economy, which relies heavily on remittances from its workers in the U.S.
Mexican workers shout slogans during a strike at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, in August. About 9,000 workers went on strike after pay negotiations collapsed, and many employees have since been placed on half-time shifts.
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Ashur Mohammed, 60, checks his land in Latifiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, on July 9. Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers — something the Iraqis have blamed on dams in neighboring Turkey and Syria — have left Iraq bone-dry for a second straight year.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki surveys damage to the foreign ministry building, five days after truck bombings struck in Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 19, 2009. The suicide bombings devastated the foreign and finance ministries, killing about 100 people and dealing a major blow to confidence in the country's security forces.
Nadia al-Izzi, a 35-year-old Iraqi woman, is the founder of D-Jerusalem, a construction and design firm. Izzi's company has completed projects building police stations, embassies and primary schools.