Magazine article New Internationalist

[Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future]

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Coffee-table books sell us the world as we would like it to be. Juarez shows us the world as it is--a terrifying vision, less willingly seen, that implies the two worlds are falling apart.

Two million people live in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from EI Paso, Texas. They are, argues Charles Bowden, harbingers of a world devoted entirely to free enterprise.

There are over 400 gangs in the city. They kill at least 150 people every year. Wages in the export factories have fallen--from virtually nothing--by almost a half since 1994. At one time a certain Amado Carrillo Fuentes was moving an annual 100 tons of cocaine into El Paso and earning $200 million a week.

Jaime Murrieta has photographed over 500 murders. He is one of a band of 'street shooters' in Juarez whose best work is too frank for the local newspapers. …

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