Month: May 2011

May 2, 2011 / / books

By Guest Contributor The Feminist Texican

Note: Trigger Warning

Since the days of Prohibition, Juarez has been a place for First World visitors to come and indulge in any number of illicit pleasures (alcohol, guns, drugs, sex). It is also the site where global capital has been making a killing to the tune of billions of dollars in annual profit…Because pollution laws are conveniently lax, the factories can emit fumes and dump waste without much concern or coversight. For all these reason, the U.S.-Mexico border has been made into something of an international sacrifice zone.

I’m not sure how old I was when I first heard about the women who were being sexually violated, horribly mutilated, and discarded like garbage in the desert surrounding Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The femicide that has claimed the lives of hundreds of women–with thousands more unaccounted for–began in 1993, although no one can really know for sure. Looking at several of the time frames listed in Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera and doing the math, I was stunned to realize that I’ve been hearing about this femicide for at least fifteen years now. Over the years, I’ve been even more stunned to learn how many people still don’t know that the murders are even taking place.

Read the Post Review: Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera

May 2, 2011 / / internet

By Arturo R. García

A transcript of President Obama’s remarks from Sunday night is under the cut. But we’d also like to get your reaction to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, carried out during a U.S. military operation in Pakistan. Did you first hear the news on Twitter? Did you witness or take part in celebratory gatherings like the ones in Washington D.C. and New York City? What are your thoughts on those celebrations? What happens now, not just in America, but in the Middle East?

Read the Post Open Thread: U.S. Forces Find and Kill Osama Bin Laden

May 1, 2011 / / Uncategorized