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The Femicide Machine | The MIT Press
"In Ciudad Juarez, a territorial power normalized barbarism. This anomalous ecology mutated into a femicide machine: an apparatus that didn’t just create the conditions for the murders of dozens of women and little girls, but developed the institutions that guarantee impunity for those crimes and even legalize them. A lawless city sponsored by a State in crisis. The facts speak for themselves.
—from The Femicide Machine

Best known to American readers for his cameo appearances as The Journalist in Roberto Bolano’s 2666 and as a literary detective in Javier Marías’s novel Dark Back of Time, Sergio González Rodríguez is one of Mexico’s most important contemporary writers. He is the author of Bones in the Desert, the most definitive work on the murders of women and girls in Juárez, Mexico, as well as The Headless Man, a sharp meditation on the recurrent uses of symbolic violence; Infectious, a novel; and Original Evil, a long essay. The Femicide Machine is the first book by González Rodríguez to appear in English translation.

Written especially for Semiotext(e) Intervention series, The Femicide Machine synthesizes González Rodríguez’s documentation of the Juárez crimes, his analysis of the unique urban conditions in which they take place, and a discussion of the terror techniques of narco-warfare that have spread to both sides of the border. The result is a gripping polemic. The Femicide Machine probes the anarchic confluence of global capital with corrupt national politics and displaced, transient labor, and introduces the work of one of Mexico’s most eminent writers to American readers."
ciudadjuarez  juarez  border  borders  mexico  us  robertobolaño  books  toread  sergiogonzálezrodríguez  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
december 2013 by robertogreco
On the Border - In Focus - The Atlantic
"The border between the United States and Mexico stretches 3,169 kilometers (1,969 miles), crossing deserts, rivers, towns, and cities from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico. Every year, an estimated 350 million people legally cross the border, with another 500,000 entering into the United States illegally. No single barrier stretches across the entire border, instead, it is lined with a patchwork of steel and concrete fences, infrared cameras, sensors, drones, and nearly 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. As immigrants from Mexico and other Central and South American countries continue to try to find their way into the U.S., Congress is now considering an immigration reform bill called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill proposes solutions to current border enforcement problems and paths to citizenship for the estimated 11 million existing illegal immigrants in the U.S. Gathered here are images of the US-Mexico border from the past few years."
sandiego  tijuana  tecate  nogales  ciudadjuarez  elpaso  arizona  california  us  mexico  border  borders  drones  fences  immigration  texas  droneproject 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Journey to the transnational narcopolitical city - Op-Ed - Domus
"Model of "Texanomic" success or a shadowy narcotics-fueled node? Either way El Paso is the model of the 21st-century transnational pivot point"

"I can just see myself peering at the big empty skies, probably finding nothing, wondering: Does Joel Kotkin, or anyone, for that matter, understand this city better than the drone does? As a spectre of a violent and militaristic narcourbanism, this desert apparition can be endlessly admired, traversed, measured, and quantified. One gets more and more absorbed by its ever-multiplying abstractions, while whatever it is that the cartel bosses and the politicians do simply continues, unabated."
elpaso  texas  ciudadjuarez  javierarbona  2011  cities  economics  drugs  narcotraficantes  narco  borders  mexico  us  neoliberalism  fraud  crime  moneylaundering  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
Center for the Study of Political Graphics: Exhibitions
CSPG travelling exhibitions including labor, prison, homelessness, immigration
visualadvocacy  cspg  politicalgraphics  labour  prisons  housing  immigration  ciudadjuarez  homophobia 
july 2010 by lofting
Center for the Study of Political Graphics: Exhibitions
For over ten years, hundreds of women in the Mexican town of Juárez have been kidnapped, raped, murdered and grotesquely maimed. After years of official apathy and police incompetence towards solving and ending these brutal murders, a group of graphic designers from Mexico City invited colleagues to express their concern and outrage by designing posters around the slogan 'The Woman of Juárez Demand Justice'. Following is the powerful exhibition of more than 60 large-format images by designers from all over the country that was first staged in a Mexico City metro station, where they were seen by huge numbers of people who may not often visit museums and galleries. The exhibition is currently traveling throughout Mexico, educating about the murders and forcing the authorities to become involved.
ciudadjuarez  posters  politicalgraphics  visualadvocacy  mexico 
july 2010 by lofting
Mexico missing children - exclusive report - Channel 4 News
16-year-old victim of Ciudad Juarez gangs speaks on camera. Deeply shocking.
mexico  ciudadjuarez  feminicide  women  gender  humanrights 
january 2010 by sdp
Once-Feared Medellin A Lesson To Drug-Hit Juarez : NPR
"Medellin, Colombia, was once a drug battleground; today, it is a colonial jewel with sidewalk cafes and open-air bars. Mexico's border city of Juarez has taken Medellin's place as the ground zero in the war against drug cartels. The former mayor of Medellin will be in Juarez to talk of his city's transformation. Juarez residents, traumatized by the highest homicide rate of any major city in the hemisphere, are desperate for answers."
medellin  colombia  mexico  borders  drugs  cities  juarez  ciudadjuarez  medellín  juárez  ciudadjuárez 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Bolaño and the Ghosts of Ciuduad Juárez
Alone Among the Ghosts is an essay from The Nation by Marcela Valdez about Roberto Bolaño's 2666. She interviews journalist Sergio González Rodríguez, who has written extensively about the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez which is the black hole Bolaño's novel orbits around. The journalist was Bolaño's correspondent and main source of information about the femicides. The best English language article about the epidemic of violence in Ciudad Juárez I have read is Max Blumenthal's 2002 Salon article. The website No Angel Came is a good resource for more info on the subject, including a continually updated section with links to articles about the killings. The site's most arresting section is the list of every woman killed in Ciudad Juárez from 1993 to 2006. The epidemic of violence against women in Ciudad Juárez continues.
2666  Bolano  CiudadJuarez  Juarez  literature  Marcela  MaxBlumenthal  RobertoBolano  SergioGonzalezRodriguez  Valdez  violence  violenceagainstwomen  from google
april 2009 by togdon
Comic Book Resources > CBR News: Mia Kirshner Declares: "I Live Here"
Really looking forward to reading this book, on four "hotspots", put together by actress Mia Kirshner, with Joe Sacco and others.
humanrights  journal  burma  mexico  malawi  graphicnovels  Amnesty  miakirshner  celebrity  joesacco  ingushetia  ciudadjuarez 
january 2009 by sdp

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