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    Picking up Amexica War Along the Borderline by journalist Ed Vulliamy I was initially excited thinking here might be an accessible book by a veteran journalist capable of explaining to the English speaking public just what is going on in Mexico and why Naïve I know My suspicions were raised as early as the second paragraph when the author

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    This was my beach read for our Thanksgiving vacation to Florida I was so thoroughly engrossed I barely remember any details from our holiday This fascinating angering and heartbreaking report is very well researche

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    So far my main goal is to try to get over how many spelling mistakes there are in the Spanish and focus on what Vulliamy is saying It

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    Fantastic read and a really important book everybody should read it and be aware of the atrocities happening everyday in MexicoLove the very poignant closing line by Munoz the Tijuana pathologist I live like a man who sits eating a

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    A well informed piece of traveloguereportage of the literally torturous history of the US – Mexico border in t

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    Fantastic book mostly about the drug war raging on the US México border All aspects are covered including the army's and policy fight against and often complicit involvement with the narcos the war's effect on immigration t

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    A literally shocking non fiction account of the drugs war raging on the Mexican American border and the breakdown of socie

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    A point in time review of events along the US Mexico border during some of the worst of the narcotics related violence From the gruesome open warfare in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo to the calm but chilling repression in Matamoros which

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    An excellent read Sometimes these kind of books can be a bit on the dry side but Vulliamy does a great job of bringing to raw desperate life the people he talks to and the places he describes My interest in the whole War on Drugs subject had

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    Author did a tremendous work to describe every aspect of this violent and unbelievably cruel warThe numbers of victims are terrifying and whe don't know when this conflict will finally endFor most of the people who lives among the cartels it's s dead end they have no choice left they need to cooperate with drug traffickers Sad thing is that there is no hope for them corruption and bribery is on every level from police

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Oscopic landscape of corruption and all out civil war but also of beauty and joy and resilience He describes in revelatory detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people weapons and drugs back and forth across the border; middle class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the mauiladora factories; the ruthless systematic mur. A well informed piece of traveloguereportage of the literally torturous history of the US Mexico border in the era of the War on Drugs It captures well the way in which the simple stories of opposition between nefarious drug lords and virtuous Mexican government is blatant misrepresentation On the contrary there has long been a series of not very cozy condominia between various drug cartels and both local and national factions of the Mexican government The most important aspect of the book is it s unflinching examination of the symbolic and instrumental use of violence on the part of various factions in Mexico most obviously including the various kaleidoscope of mutating cartels but also encompassing the Mexican government s own response For those who have not followed events in Mexico closely the images will undoubtedly be shockingAs Vulliamy makes clear the brutalization of the war on drugs is in fact a perverse reflex of the democratization of Mexican politics so long as the PRI monopolized political power from 1917 until about 2000 drug dealers knew who they had to pay off and territories were clearly defined which minimized the violent contestation of the plazas the staging areas for the transshipment of drugs into the US With the break up of the PRI s political monopoly it has become unclear who should be bribed or who has the authority to dictate territorial arrangements Likewise the increasing professionalization and fairness of the Mexican judiciary has ironically made it much harder to secure convictions for drug related crimes including murder which has increased the impunity with which crimes are committed Vulliamy also pays attention to the way in which US stances on drugs and related deviant activities have created the conditions for the brutalization in Mexico Not only is the US s insatiable demand for drugs to primary driver of the drug economy but so is the US effort to crack down on domestic production of drugs Likewise Vuillamy emphasizes the role of the iron river of guns flowing from the United States into Mexico in the growing violence in Mexico Nor does he shy away from the important role of racism in defining not only the US goals in the conflict but also the daily behavior of both policymakers and front line agents Moreover he wisely notes that just as the fragmentation of political authority in Mexico is a precondition for the violence in that country so is the fragmentation and competitiveness of different US antidrug bureaucracies a key factor in the ineffective US government response to the challenges of drug tradeVulliamy s narrative focus stays mostly on the front lines of the conflict the drug dealers the border agents the innocent and not so innocent bystanders He is less interested in the underlying economics of the narcotics industry For example he pays little attention to the central role of money laundering in the war on drugs other than noting the DEA s disinterest in following the money which is not exactly accurate nor about the role of the US prison industrial complex nor about the bureaucratic incentives in favor of hardening and militarizing the campaign The result is a fascinating narrative with vivid characters that alas remains somewhat analytically incomplete In the end he does not ask the most fundamental uestion why does this hopeless war continue decade after decade Perhaps because of his unrelenting focus on violence Vulliamy largely affirms the metaphor of war to describe the regulation of the transnational drug economy Idenics people weapons and drugs back and forth across the border; middle class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the mauiladora factories; the ruthless systematic mur. 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Amexica by Ed Vulliamy

Der of young women in Ciudad Juarez Heroes villains and victims the brave and rogue police priests women and journalists fighting the violence; the gangs and their freelance killers; the dead and the devastated all come to life in this singular book Amexica takes us far beyond today's headlines It is a street level portrait by turns horrific and sublime of a place and people in a time of war as much as of the war itse. An excellent read Sometimes these kind of books can be a bit on the dry side but Vulliamy does a great job of bringing to raw desperate life the people he talks to and the places he describes My interest in the whole War on Drugs subject had been sparked initially by reading Sam Hawken s The Dead Women of Juarez and then the magnificent The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow but this book shows that nothing in fiction is as shocking as the events that now pass for daily life in the north of Mexico Highly recommended His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch police The Doctors Dating Bargain priests women and journalists fighting the violence; the gangs and their freelance killers; the dead and the devastated all come to life in this singular book Amexica takes us far beyond today's headlines It is a street level The Collection portrait by turns horrific and sublime of a Whispers of Feathers place and Entrepreneurial Vernacular people he talks to and the Advanced C Programming by Example places he describes My interest in the whole War on Drugs subject had been sparked initially by reading Sam Hawken s The Dead Women of Juarez and then the magnificent The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow but this book shows that nothing in fiction is as shocking as the events that now Poslije svega (After, pass for daily life in the north of Mexico Highly recommended

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Amexica is the harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the US Mexico border a country in its own right which belongs to both the United States and Mexico yet neither as the narco war escalates to a fever pitch thereIn 2009 after reporting from the border for many years Ed Vulliamy traveled the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico from Tijuana to Matamoros a journey through a kaleid. Picking up Amexica War Along the Borderline by journalist Ed Vulliamy I was initially excited thinking here might be an accessible book by a veteran journalist capable of explaining to the English speaking public just what is going on in Mexico and why Na ve I know My suspicions were raised as early as the second paragraph when the author mistranslated the extremely common Spanish language sign off Atte as Look out Atte is actually an abbreviation of Atentamente simply meaning Sincerely Get something that basic that wrong that early in the book and I knew I was in for a ride downhillIn short Amexica is part travelogue part sympathetic recounting of the devastation of the militarization of the war on drugs and part look at what daring stuff this white guy did Vulliamy gets some things right pointing out the fact that the drug trade is just another form of transnational capitalism examining the US role in arming the cartels and laundering their money describing the toll neoliberalism has taken on Mexico in terms of migration and mauiladoras and putting names and faces on some the 35000 dead in Felipe Calder n s disastrous so called fight against organized crime The main problem is that all of this is carried out superficially and with a lack of historical context and political analysis along with omissions and errors As such if you want to know how things are right now in the borderlands reading this book might be somewhat useful If you want to know why things are they way they are right now this book will not help youIn glossing over the past to get to the juicy bloody present Vulliamy does his readers a disservice There is no discussion of how the war on drugs as a concept emerged in the Nixon era and developed as a strategy of population containment and oppression a politically expedient and enormously profitable endeavor that since 2001 has coalesced well with the rhetoric of the war on terror and Bush and Obama s war on migrants The end of 70 years of PRI rule in Mexico on the federal level dismantling the pre existing arrangements with the drug cartels just as they were getting powerful due to the collapse of the Colombian cartels goes nearly unexamined Similarly ignored is the role that Calder n s legitimacy played in the launching of a military offensive inside of Mexico As he fraudulently arrived at the presidency the drug war was a means of instilling his regime with legitimacy Scant attention is paid to the M rida Initiative the US s billion dollar military aid package to Mexico nor to how the same police and military forces receiving the aid and executing the drug war are also involved in large scale human rights violations massive corruption and the severe repression of Mexico s social movements all with impunity Linking these factors to the current events that this book covers is essential for any understanding of the situationAdding to the contextual shortcomings of the book are the various errors and poor translations It s stunning his editors either in the UK or US did not hire a translator to verify his Spanish or at least open a Spanish English dictionary Some of the humorous examples He translates gabacho as someone from Europe and gringo as someone from the US Both mean someone from the US Vulliamy would simply be a g ero and translating fresa in reference to someone who dresses or acts bourgeois literally as strawberry Regarding the facts some examples of errors The claim that Carlos Salinas privatized communally held land in the 1980s He only arrived at the presidency in December of 1988 privatization did not begin until after the 1992 reform of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution in preparation for NAFTA Vulliamy s statement that the Arrellano F lix Organization intentionally killed Cardinal Posadas Ocampo in 1993 in order to target the Catholic Church Initial investigations showed they confused Posadas convoy with that of a rival cartel leader More recent investigations indicate the assassination was likely state sponsored Or also his writing that the only investigation of its kind into Los Zetas penetration into Monterrey was carried out by a Los Angeles Times reporter ignoring those done by Mexican journalists or Kristin Bricker for Narco NewsIn sum Vulliamy s book leaves much to be desired and that which is present should be cautiously digested Even if it took a bit longer to put out a thoroughly considered and better edited version of this book would have made a much useful contribution to this politically manufactured crisis facing Mexico and increasingly the US The Purple Headed Mountain public just what is going on in Mexico and why Na ve I know My suspicions were raised as early as the second Stone Circles of Britain paragraph when the author mistranslated the extremely common Spanish language sign off Atte as Look out Atte is actually an abbreviation of Atentamente simply meaning Sincerely Get something that basic that wrong that early in the book and I knew I was in for a 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