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review Amexica author Ed Vulliamy Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB í ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Amexica Author Ed Vulliamy – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 andAmexica 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 thereInafter 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 kale. 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 researched and written and the authorreporter so well versed and caring so much about the subject matter that I began an instant obsession with the region as well as its our vexing issues Ed Vulliamy is wise to trace the root of the problem beyond America's drug addiction and subseuent arms smuggling He points to the much larger fault of theoretical globalization and the scars left after corporate flight Although depressing sickening and rage inducing he leaves us with hope from non profit saintly groups and individuals

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Idoscopic 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 murd. 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

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Amexica author Ed VulliaEr 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. 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 has seen escalating violence since this was written Vulliamy sympathizes with the Mexican citizens who have gotten caught up in all the chaos The book details the rise of the various cartels the various territorial fights that shift along the border and the enormous flow of drugs heading north and guns and cash heading south Additionally he goes into detail about the relationship between all the twinned cities on the border the violence against young women in Ciudad Juarez the challenges of the mauiladoras and other subjects Not exactly a fun read but very informative