Ed.’s note: The following was originally published in La Jornada, on December 18th, 2006. Reprint by permission of author. For Juan de Dios Gómez, cultural promoter and independent Oaxacan journalist, incarcerated in Nayarit for the crime of informing the public.
Ed.s note: Theres No José Here is a behind-the-scenes account of Mexican immigrants in New York City, focusing on a 34-year-old livery cab driver named Enrique. From the floors of hidden sweatshops in Bedford-Stuyvesant to the impoverished rural villages of Mexico, the book traces the journey of Enrique and his family as they continue a seemingly endless search for economic opportunity and stability.
Last May, Trevor Paglen, a 32-year-old artist and self-described “experimental geographer,” flew to Kabul to photograph a CIA prison that does not officially exist.
[The King of England] is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation._ ¬¬¬_United States Declaration of Independence, 1776
Just when you thought we might finally pull out, the President is surging. The last time Bush fils dipped into the Viagra and pumped 20,000 troops into Iraq (for the last round of elections in fall ’05, both the number of daily attacks and U.S. casualties spiked.
Drug use has been racialized for as long as there has been a communications industry. The choice and consumption of drugs can be rendered in demographics, but the slant given the figures paints a chilling portrait when one compares meth, represented as a white drug of choice, to crack, cast as a black drug of choice.
Docs In Sight
In just six years, the administration of George W. Bush has managed to create a quagmire in Iraq rife with lies and corruption, civilian death and hopelessness, helping America to become reviled around the globe.
Slouched down in a vintage low-rider, you cruise the city. Youve got a job to do, but that can wait. This is your world, you know it inside out, and everything and every place can be open to you.