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Amexica: War Along the Borderline 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 , 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 kaleidoscopic 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 maquiladora factories the ruthless, systematic murder 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 itself This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Author did a tremendous work to describe every aspect of this violent and unbelievably cruel war.The numbers of victims are terrifying and whe don t know when this conflict will finally end.For 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, military, administration to politicians But we can t blame only Mexic Author did a tremendous work to describe every aspect of this violent and unbelievably cruel war.The numbers of victims are terrifying and whe don t know when this conflict will finally end.For 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, military, administration to politicians But we can t blame only Mexicans, guilty are also the Americans as a clients 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 Sincerel 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 downhill.In 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 U.S role in arming the cartels and laundering their money describing the toll neoliberalism has taken on Mexico in terms of migration and maquiladoras and putting names and faces on some the 35,000 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 you.In 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 gettingpowerful 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 U.S 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 situation.Adding to the contextual shortcomings of the book are the various errors and poor translations It s stunning his editors either in the U.K or U.S did not hire a translator to verify his Spanish or at least open a Spanish English dictionary Some of thehumorous examples He translates gabacho as someone from Europe and gringo as someone from the U.S Both mean someone from the U.S., 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 News.In 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, athoroughly considered and better edited version of this book would have made a muchuseful contribution to this politically manufactured crisis facing Mexico and increasingly the U.S 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 author reporter 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 subseque 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 author reporter 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 subsequent 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 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 is difficult given I am still only at the prologue and I ve tallied 14 mistakes so far which is frankly embarrassing for Vintage Hopefully it won t get worse though clearly it will and I will be able to get through Amexica without hurtling it across the room unfinished Here s to hopingOkso ages later I ve finished My verdict is that this book is little 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 is difficult given I am still only at the prologue and I ve tallied 14 mistakes so far which is frankly embarrassing for Vintage Hopefully it won t get worse though clearly it will and I will be able to get through Amexica without hurtling it across the room unfinished Here s to hopingOkso ages later I ve finished My verdict is that this book is littlethan poverty porn with a pathetic and ineffective attempt at analysis I was especially put off by the chapter talking about feminicide which did nothingthan enumerate murders without trying to understand the phenomenon Vulliamy rattles off horrible incidents of death, torture, violence, you name it and rarely attempts to analyse anything from it Makes me think somewhat of the crap I produced at university aged 20 Also, seriously, having lived in Mexico in 2003 4, I feel I knowabout the country and the national psyche than he does erroneously or not , and certainly did not recognise the country or the people I fell in love with granted I was in Puebla, but I didn t think it was as simple as he put it All in all, a really average, misguided book I hope people take it with a pinch of salt because it s badly researched or really only insofar as it serves its own ends and is riddled with mistakes

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