Downtown Ju rez

100, 117,205; and “manufactured differences,” 210n8; and maquila factories, 15–16; and neoliberal economics, 10–13, 29; and normalization of violence in Juárez, 24; and “nostalgia for mud,” 21; and synergistic violence, 95; and violence ...

Author: Howard Campbell

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477323910

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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At least 200,000 people have died in Mexico’s so-called drug war, and the worst suffering has been in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. How did it get so bad? After three decades studying that question, Howard Campbell doesn’t believe there is any one answer. Misguided policies, corruption, criminality, and the borderland economy are all factors. But none of these reasons explain how violence in downtown Juárez has become heartbreakingly “normal.” A rigorous yet moving account, Downtown Juárez is informed by the sex workers, addicts, hustlers, bar owners, human smugglers, migrants, and down-and-out workers struggling to survive in an underworld where horrifying abuses have come to seem like the natural way of things. Even as Juárez’s elite northeast section thrives on the profits of multinational corporations, and law-abiding citizens across the city mobilize against crime and official malfeasance, downtown’s cantinas, barrios, and brothels are tyrannized by misery. Campbell’s is a chilling perspective, suggesting that, over time, violent acts feed off each other, losing their connection to any specific cause. Downtown Juárez documents this banality of evil—and confronts it—with the stories of those most affected.

Gangs of the El Paso Ju rez Borderland

The monument dedicated to this figure in Juárez's downtown market-square is a testament to the importance of the pachuco as a salient border-dweller identity. After all, the pachuco style represents a form of countercultural resistance ...

Author: Mike Tapia

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 0826361102

Category: History

Page: 192

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This thought-provoking book examines gang history in the region encompassing West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico. Known as the El Paso–Juárez borderland region, the area contains more than three million people spanning 130 miles from east to west. From the badlands—the historically notorious eastern Valle de Juárez—to the Puerto Palomas port of entry at Columbus, New Mexico, this area has become more militarized and politicized than ever before. Mike Tapia examines this region by exploring a century of historical developments through a criminological lens and by studying the diverse subcultures on both sides of the law. Tapia looks extensively at the role of history and geography on criminal subculture formation in the binational urban setting of El Paso–Juárez, demonstrating the region’s unique context for criminogenic processes. He provides a poignant case study of Homeland Security and the apparent lack of drug-war spillover in communities on the US-Mexico border.

The Daughters of Juarez

The Juárez-based assembly plant was enormous and employed nearly 2,000 workers. ... dollars she had earned that first week, Irma and her sister-in-law excitedly headed to downtown Juárez that Friday afternoon for some shopping.

Author: Teresa Rodriguez

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416538899

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

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Despite the fact that Juarez is a Mexican border city just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, most Americans are unaware that for more than twelve years this city has been the center of an epidemic of horrific crimes against women and girls, consisting of kidnappings, rape, mutilation, and murder, with most of the victims conforming to a specific profile: young, slender, and poor, fueling the premise that the murders are not random. Indeed, there has been much speculation that the killer or killers are American citizens. While some leading members of the American media have reported on the situation, prompting the U.S. government to send in top criminal profilers from the FBI, little real information about this international atrocity has emerged. According to Amnesty International, as of 2006 more than 400 bodies have been recovered, with hundreds still missing. As for who is behind the murders themselves, the answer remains unknown, although many have argued that the killings have become a sort of blood sport, due to the lawlessness of the city itself. Among the theories being considered are illegal trafficking in human organs, ritualistic satanic sacrifices, copycat killers, and a conspiracy between members of the powerful Juárez drug cartel and some corrupt Mexican officials who have turned a blind eye to the felonies, all the while lining their pockets with money drenched in blood. Despite numerous arrests over the last ten years, the murders continue to occur, with the killers growing bolder, dumping bodies in the city itself rather than on the outskirts of town, as was initially the case, indicating a possible growing and most alarming alliance of silence and cover-up by Mexican politicians. The Daughters of Juárez promises to be the first eye-opening, authoritative nonfiction work of its kind to examine the brutal killings and draw attention to these atrocities on the border. The end result will shock readers and become required reading on the subject for years to come.

Drug War Zone

Downtown. Juárez: Juan. and. Jorge. As is evident from the previous interview, the drug smuggling business connects El Paso and Juárez as well as other communities on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border and still others far into the ...

Author: Howard Campbell

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292782799

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Thousands of people die in drug-related violence every year in Mexico. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, adjacent to El Paso, Texas, has become the most violent city in the Mexican drug war. Much of the cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine consumed in the United States is imported across the Mexican border, making El Paso/Juárez one of the major drug-trafficking venues in the world. In this anthropological study of drug trafficking and anti-drug law enforcement efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border, Howard Campbell uses an ethnographic perspective to chronicle the recent Mexican drug war, focusing especially on people and events in the El Paso/Juárez area. It is the first social science study of the violent drug war that is tearing Mexico apart. Based on deep access to the drug-smuggling world, this study presents the drug war through the eyes and lives of direct participants. Half of the book consists of oral histories from drug traffickers, and the other half from law enforcement officials. There is much journalistic coverage of the drug war, but very seldom are the lived experiences of traffickers and "narcs" presented in such vivid detail. In addition to providing an up-close, personal view of the drug-trafficking world, Campbell explains and analyzes the functioning of drug cartels, the corruption that facilitates drug trafficking, the strategies of smugglers and anti-narcotics officials, and the perilous culture of drug trafficking that Campbell refers to as the "Drug War Zone."

Ciudad Ju rez

... experienced. e most significant rejuvenation project was carried out in the heart of downtown Juárez, where a pedestrian mall was created near the historical central square by closing o Avenida de Septiembre, the main thoroughfare.

Author: Oscar J. Martínez

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816537224

Category: History

Page: 343

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The seminal history of the iconic Mexican border city by the founder of border studies--Provided by publisher.

Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Ju rez

24 The marchers eventually arrived at their destination in downtown Juárez, the Paso del Norte Bridge, where cars, trucks, and people cross from Juárez, Chihuahua, into El Paso, Texas. As Diana Washington Valdez tells it: When the ...

Author: Nancy Pineda-Madrid

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451415087

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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Nancy Pineda-Madrid re-conceives traditional Christian notions of salvation by closing attending to the experience of the embattled women of Ciudad Ju rez in Mexico, where hundreds have been slain and where survivors have found healing and salvation in solidarity and community practices that resist rather than acquiesce in the violence.

The Fight to Save Ju rez

This bridge obviated the lines that made crossing any of the other Juarez—El Paso bridges a time-consuming and tedious affair. The army garrison was a forty-minute drive from downtown Juarez to the south. General Loera held his meetings ...

Author: Ricardo C. Ainslie

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029274871X

Category: History

Page: 296

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The city of Juárez is ground zero for the drug war that is raging across Mexico and has claimed close to 60,000 lives since 2007. Almost a quarter of the federal forces that former President Felipe Calderón deployed in the war were sent to Juárez, and nearly 20 percent of the country's drug-related executions have taken place in the city, a city that can be as unforgiving as the hardest places on earth. It is here that the Mexican government came to turn the tide. Whatever happens in Juárez will have lasting repercussions for both Mexico and the United States. Ricardo Ainslie went to Juárez to try to understand what was taking place behind the headlines of cartel executions and other acts of horrific brutality. In The Fight to Save Juárez, he takes us into the heart of Mexico's bloodiest city through the lives of four people who experienced the drug war from very different perspectives—Mayor José Reyes Ferriz, a mid-level cartel player's mistress, a human rights activist, and a photojournalist. Ainslie also interviewed top Mexican government strategists, including members of Calderón's security cabinet, as well as individuals within U.S. law enforcement. The dual perspective of life on the ground in the drug war and the "big picture" views of officials who are responsible for the war's strategy, creates a powerful, intimate portrait of an embattled city, its people, and the efforts to rescue Juárez from the abyss.

The Best American Sports Writing 2020

Across the border is Juárez, which is, as most know, one of the world's most dangerous cities. But not long ago, ... That avenue is the artery connecting downtown Juárez to downtown El Paso; the two cities that were once ...

Author: Jackie MacMullan

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 035819699X

Category: Sports

Page: 368

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For over twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has been a showcase for the most exceptional sports journalism of the previous year, selected by an acclaimed guest editor. Represented in this year's collection are giants in the field as well as up-and-coming writers to watch--the only shared traits among the diverse styles and voices are the extraordinarily high caliber of writing and the pure passion they tap into.

Border Junkies

Addiction and Survival on the Streets of Juárez and El Paso Scott Comar, Howard Campbell ... Finally, we ended up at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Juárez on Calle Ugarte. Calle Ugarte is a great place; it's a busy downtown street, ...

Author: Scott Comar

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029272683X

Category: Psychology

Page: 214

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The drug war that has turned Juárez, Mexico, into a killing field that has claimed more than 7,000 lives since 2008 captures headlines almost daily. But few accounts go all the way down to the streets to investigate the lives of individual drug users. One of those users, Scott Comar, survived years of heroin addiction and failed attempts at detox and finally cleaned up in 2003. Now a graduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso in the history department's borderlands doctoral program, Comar has written Border Junkies, a searingly honest account of his spiraling descent into heroin addiction, surrender, change, and recovery on the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Junkies is the first book ever written about the lifestyle of active addiction on the streets of Juárez. Comar vividly describes living between the disparate Mexican and American cultures and among the fellow junkies, drug dealers, hookers, coyote smugglers, thieves, and killers who were his friends and neighbors in addiction—and the social workers, missionaries, shelter workers, and doctors who tried to help him escape. With the perspective of his anthropological training, he shows how homelessness, poverty, and addiction all fuel the use of narcotics and the rise in their consumption on the streets of Juárez and contribute to the societal decay of this Mexican urban landscape. Comar also offers significant insights into the U.S.-Mexico borderland's underground and peripheral economy and the ways in which the region's inhabitants adapt to the local economic terrain.

The Rough Guide to Mexico

Arrival and information Two downtown toll bridges serve one-way traffic in and out of Ciudad Juarez from neighbouring El Paso, Texas. Northbound vehicles cross the Paseo del Norte Bridge from Juarez, while southbound vehicles use the ...

Author: John Fisher

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1405387556

Category: Travel

Page: 912

View: 197

The Rough Guide to Mexico is the essential travel guide to this vast, extraordinarily varied country. From the deserts of the north to the tropical jungles of Chaipas; from ancient pyramids to Mexico City's sophisticated club scene; from colonial cathedrals to spring break in Canc�n; the Rough Guide provides comprehensive coverage of it all. The guide offers detailed and practical advice on the best places to stay, where to sample some of Mexico's tastiest food and where to go to order the finest margarita for all budgets. The guide is packed with informed description of Mexico's archeological sites and museums and their fascinating historical and cultural background. Readers will find the coverage of hundreds of beaches, excursions and activities indispensable, while richly illustrated colour sections explore the wonders of Mexican cuisine and the country's dynamic festivals. Informative and inspirational, with dozens of maps, handy languages tips and site plans, The Rough Guide to Mexico is your essential companion to this vibrant, unforgettable country. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Mexico