Dreamland: The Way out of Juarez

Friday, June 04, 2010


Charles Bowden has been covering the story of Juarez, Mexico for well over a decade. The city is intimately linked to the drug trade, meaning violence and corruption reign, but Bowden felt the full scope of the problem wasn't being told. In his latest project, Dreamland: The Way out of Juarez, Bowden combines reportage, poetry, police transcripts and illustrations to make sure readers know how bleak the situation really is.

Comments [5]

Scott from Napa, CA

Hello Jerry, I don't see how you could think that the above problem can be addressed, and at the same time cover up about the horrible murders and femicide taking place in Juarez. You are right about NAFTA, and all the corruption, but you can't cover up the truth of all the victims stories. The media on both sides of the border already does a good job at that.
Watch 'City of lost girls' on youtube.

Jun. 07 2010 06:01 PM

As a Mexican, it was heart breaking to hear this interview. But what I like about this piece is that it points out that the corruption is not only in México, but it the US as well.

Jun. 07 2010 03:09 PM
Tony Whitmore from Los Angeles, CA

I thought the interview with Mr. Bowdon was great. Made me want to go out and get this book more than I've been moved to pick up a book before.


Tony Whitmore

Jun. 07 2010 12:08 AM
Jerry Markatos from Central NC

I thought your interview dwelt on the sensational and left listeners ignorant of the cause of the social pathology that is at the center of Bowden's excellent work. I've heard several interviews with Charles Bowden on Pacifica's Democracy Now!, and in each one, he has pointed out the direct link between the impoverishment of the majority of Mexicans by the effects of the NAFTA agreement and the grotesque escalation of drug violence. The rigged economy created by NAFTA and its aftermath has dumped subsidized US corn onto the Mexican market, destroying the livelihood of millions of farm families. It created a dozen new billionaires in Mexico soon after it was implemented, while it impoverished millions of our neighbors in Mexico, leaving them desperate enough to cross a formidable border for jobs, while others get sucked into the production of something that Gringos ARE willing to pay for: drugs. What's the point of dwelling on the extreme violence if the solutions to the problem are suppressed? There is major controversy over Congress's seeking to militarize Mexico's response to the problem when that only pours fuel on the fire as it has in Colombia. The solution must include renegotiation of NAFTA as Obama suggested in his campaign and human rights organizations insist, but the US business world and our business friendly media fail to allow that discussion, preferring simply to blame the victims. Let's return to the subject in a more constructive mode. Thousands of lives depend on it!

Jun. 06 2010 10:33 PM

Whooooa -- reminder of both the horrors and the gritty reporters out there. Hardcore, dude.

Jun. 06 2010 11:28 AM

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