FEMICIDE MACHINE PDF

I n the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, the murder rate for women is higher than anywhere else in Mexico or the US. Rodriguez estimates that women have been murdered in the city since ; others have put it at almost double that. For all these murders, only three people have been arrested or convicted. Two of these may have been tortured by the police into confessing, and the third died suspiciously when in police custody.

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Part of the Editor's Choice series. Photo by Corina Arranz. The numbers varied: dead, or maybe , or 1, Theories abounded: it was all the work of one serial killer, or a Satanist cult, a street gang, organ harvesters. The serial-killer hypothesis was comforting by comparison. That book now reads as a grim preview of the web of violence and complicity that has entangled much of the country. The drug trade is just another symptom of the massive dislocations inflicted on Mexico by a decade of neoliberal reforms that forced millions to leave the countryside in search of work in the North.

Foreign-owned assembly plants clustered along the border, bringing with them a sinister corporate architecture of surveillance, separation, and control. The Femicide Machine , though, begins the painful, necessary work of calling the beast by its name. But the idea of transformation has always been something that I romanticize in a work.

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The Femicide Machine

Part of the Editor's Choice series. Photo by Corina Arranz. The numbers varied: dead, or maybe , or 1, Theories abounded: it was all the work of one serial killer, or a Satanist cult, a street gang, organ harvesters. The serial-killer hypothesis was comforting by comparison. That book now reads as a grim preview of the web of violence and complicity that has entangled much of the country. The drug trade is just another symptom of the massive dislocations inflicted on Mexico by a decade of neoliberal reforms that forced millions to leave the countryside in search of work in the North.

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# THE FUNAMBULIST PAPERS 31 /// Femicide Machine/Backyard by Greg Barton

The 31st episode of the guests writers series is written by Greg Barton , currently curatorial fellow at the storefront for art and architecture. The Femicide Machine describes the situation in the city of Ciudad Juarez near the American Border and which seems to incarnate an illustrative example of a urban life shaped by the maquiladoras -there is of them in Ciudad Juarez. In this model, women are the primary victims from the collision of geo-political trade agreements and their cryptic version, the narco-industry and its wars. Those border territories, as places of human, goods and money fluxes, then constitute the ideal scene for other fluxes to plug themselves in the circuit. That is how the subindustries developed and sustain itself through violence on women bodies. A lawless city sponsored by a State in crisis. The facts speak for themselves.

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