‘The current war on drugs, launched by the government of Felipe Calderón, is just as fake as that undertaken by the administration of Vicente Fox.’ This is how Anabel Hernández, a journalist and the author of Narcoland, describes a Mexican government crackdown on drug-trafficking organisations after spending five years researching the drug trade in her country. For about seven years, the Mexican military and police have sought to combat a societal scourge in a war that has left more than 80,000 people dead and at least another 250,000 imprisoned. Dozens of kingpins have been killed or arrested. Thousands of innocent people have died.
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Perception is a weird thing. Lawrence Durrell saw Hydra as a ‘great horned toad’ but Henry Miller thought it resembled a ‘huge loaf of petrified bread’. Niko Ghika painted it as a series of neat white and orange squares.
The minimalist Fumio Sasaki 'confesses that as he began to purchase fewer consumer goods, his meals shrank in size. He decluttered and lost weight. Accumulation is not just an economic way of life but a form of embodiment too. Enlightenment is reduction.'
'The river’s desecration mirrors Colombia’s long history of violence: "for years we treated it like a sewer," says Ahmed, a survivor of a particularly brutal paramilitary massacre, "just like we treated each other".'
Patrick Wilcken on the Magdalena.