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DOWNLOAD ☆ Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future ↠ Juarez The Laboratory of Our Future challenges the propaganda and the realities of the current relationship between the United States and Mexico focusing on the intimate connection between the border towns of El Paso and Juarez Charles Bowden who first brought attention to the storPhotographers takes on issues of NAFTA immigration gangs corruption drug trafficking and poverty uncovering a very different Mexico than generally depicted in the press and by the United States and Mexican governments While Charles Bowden presents a riveting investigation of Juarez its inhabitants and its visual chroniclers the renowned activist and writer Noam Chomsky offers in his introduction a bitingly critical account of NAFTA suggesting its nullifying effect on democracy and the rights of both workers and consumers and its underlying. Published in 1998 Juárez The Laboratory of Our Future is essentially an expanded magazine article by Charles Bowden on his impressions of Ciudad Juárez as reflected by various freelance photographers The focus is primarily on a series of ongoing and infamous female homicides often associated with the ubiuitous mauiladoras with additional musings on narcotraficante violence economic privation and the unrelenting pressure that NAFTA and border policy continue to exert on the people of Cd Juárez Many of the photographs included in the book are meant to shock the conscience; the operative assumption being that certain gruesome realities of the rape torture and murder can best be understood viscerallyI was interested in reading this book as a kind of supplementary companion to Roberto Bolaño's novel 2666 a purpose for which it seems particularly well suited Bowen's writing is both lyrical and blunt evocative of the universal despair attendant to most incidents of systemic poverty on a grand scale The overwhelming impression is that Juárez represents something ghastly inescapable and prophetic for human society generally The vagueness of Bowen's existential insights are actually and oddly acutely truthful than the detailed political harangues that bookend the text as its Preface Noam Chomsky and Afterward Eduardo Galeano

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Strategy for protecting the rich and powerful and keeping everyone else in his or her place In his afterword the Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano poses the uestion Should the Third World really aspire to be like the First World His insider's look at contemporary NorthSouth American relations reveals how the relationship between Juarez and El Paso can serve as a metaphor for US Latin American relations and demonstrates the devastating toll United States policy and attitude knowingly take on human rights and the environment south of our border. A critical look at the devastating effects of globalization What do we do with the victims How to do create or develop greater parity for all This book left me with these uestions

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Juarez The Laboratory of Our FutureJuarez The Laboratory of Our Future challenges the propaganda and the realities of the current relationship between the United States and Mexico focusing on the intimate connection between the border towns of El Paso and Juarez Charles Bowden who first brought attention to the story of the Juarez photographers in Harper's December 1996 has written an uncompromising piercing work that combines insightful and informed reporting with a poetic and wry style His text integrated with brutal and revealing images by a group of unknown Mexican street. Bob Dylan I’m not gonna read TIME magazine I’m not gonna read Newsweek I’m not gonna read any of these magazines I mean cause they just got too much to lose by printing the truth You know thatTIME What kind of truths are they leaving outDylan Well anything even on a worldwide basis they’d just go off the stands in a day if they printed really the truthTIME What is really the truthDylan Really the truth is just a plain picture Excerpt from TIME Magazine’s interview with Bob Dylan as seen in the documentary “Don’t Look Back” “ We do not wish to look at Juarez we do not vacation there we do not speak of the place When it briefly comes to our attention we dismiss it as a grotesue exception to what matters what is and what will be” pg 48 This book is filled with images of a city whose violence is upfront often brutal highly selective although jettisoned with hands off disregard The snapshots of former lives caught in the crossfire; answers and motives are usually buried deeper than the bodies themselves The photographs from local photojournalists Javier Aguilar Jaime Bailleres Gabriel Cardona Julian Cardona Alfredo Carrillo Raul Lodoza Jaime Murrieta Miguel Perea Margarita Reyes Ernesto Rodriguez Manuel Saenz Lucio Soria Espino Aurelio Suarez Nunez are chilling If we don’t look did the inhumanity ever occurCharles Bowden has been writing about Juarez since the mid nineties This book grew from his Harper’s piece “While You Were Sleeping’ in which Juarez photographers expose the violent realities of free trade “ We must stop pretending and start living We already have lives of double exposure Just as the photographers cannot really stay on one side of the camera we cannot really stay on one side of the line We will cross it we have crossed it we are in play We have many options and none of them are easy But the one option we do not have is to continue our past habits into the future We cannot pretend such places do not exist We cannot pretend such places can be contained We cannot pretend such places will magically remedy themselves We are exposed and we should be And we are exposed to the future and this future will be hard but it can also be good or bad depending upon what we do We are free to act If we act in time” pg 114Keep in mind this book came out almost a decade before the war on drugs was officially declared by newly elected President Calderon in 2006 He calls Juarez the laboratory of the future and it is happening 30 feet across the river from El Paso Texas The area serves as an ecotoneborderland between two biological assemblages think of the forest edging the meadow of the US Mexico“ Where an ecotone occurs there is life and life is louder and grasping because two or groups of plants and animals overlap boosting life’s pitch and intensity That is what is happening now on the border of Mexico and the US where a huge ecotone of flesh and capital and guns is rubbing up against itself as two cultures and two economies and two languages meet and mingle and erupt into something we cannot yet name” ps 48Bowden’s writing is incredible; he masterfully describes the city and situations with eyes wide open Sueamish realities deserve sueamish words and visuals His words show the possibility of caring with vigor when answers seem nowhere to be foundNoam Chomsky wrote the introduction and he rightfully attacks NAFTA showing how it maintains the status uo for the richest and most powerful while also waging war on the rights of workers and consumers Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano offers and cogently answers a uestion in the afterword Should the Third World really aspire to be like the First World spoiler alert no“ It is time for everyone t