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Flash Notes con amor y rabia

ricardo dominguez

Hola todos,

"Public space, in an electronic age, is space on the run" - Vito Acconci, 1990

Here are a few flash notes from the other side of the screen. As the Acconci quote hints at, i/we do indeed spend mucho time running and running to catch up with all the code that is due and all the worlds beyond our click-click-click, our post-contemporary "Wild E. Coyote" condition – but I, at least, never get very far down the road. That "Beep-Beep" always seems to just move much faster than I could ever dream of doing.

Flash Notes con amor y rabia:

  • I know that the focus for this pico-moment is SEX, Desire and Demand and the good times we always imagine happening on the other side of the fence. So, I will lightly touch on a few activist style perversities…did you know that if you are reading this you are probably a "Internet addict" and should immediately stop reading this online journal and get this really nice headgear to help you:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4327258.stm

  • Female homicides in Ciudad Juárez still continue. The mothers of the victims are extremely dissatisfied with the arrests officers have made. In many cases, as in the Lourdes Portillo video, women testified that it was police who kidnapped, it was police who raped, it was police who victimized and harassed the women of Juárez. Here are some recent online Webdocumentaries:

Click into this beautiful French site: http://www.lacitedesmortes.net/

Click into video artist Zulma Aguiar's online documentary: http://zulmaaguiar.com/Juarez/Juarez_20MB.mov

Re-click this excellent interview: http://www.thing.net/~cocofusco/radio.html

Many arrests have been made, but due to lack of evidence or poor police investigations plagued by incompetence or lack of resources, the fact remains that mistakes have been made. Accusations have gone uninvestigated.

Various individuals have been arrested in connection with the murders. However, the Mexican police have been criticized for making arrests with little or no evidence and failing to detain alleged perpetrators, and they have been accused of coercing people to confess to murders, destroying evidence, even kidnapping women.

One of the first arrests made was that of an Egyptian-born chemist, Abdul Latif Sharif (born in 1947), who was accused but never convicted of several rapes in the United States before moving to Ciudad Juárez in 1994 to escape a deportation hearing in Texas. Since his conviction and imprisonment for the murder of a young maquiladora worker in 1995, the police have arrested two groups of men whom, they allege, Sharif was paying "from behind bars" to rape and murder on his behalf in an attempt to establish his innocence of the crimes.

Click for more recent analysis by Diana Washington here: https://www.jornada.com.mx/2005/05/08/index.php?section=sociedad&article=040n1soc

However, despite the arrests of Sharif and his alleged co-conspirator, the killings continued, leading the Mexican police and the public in general to consider many theories, among which that the real killer or killers are still on the loose or that the original killer or killers are in jail and copycats have since moved to the area. There are also accusations that there has been a conspiracy of silence and coverup by Mexican politicians bribed by the killer or killers.

Updates: http://www.mujeresdejuarez.org/

Other suspects convicted in connection with the affair include Víctor García Uribe, convicted in October 2004 for eight of the murders, and Gustavo González Meza, who was arrested on suspicion in some of the killings but died in jail under suspicious circumstances on February 8, 2003. On January 7, 2005, four members of the "Los Toltecas" gang were convicted of six murders and six members of the "Los Rebeldes" gang were convicted of another six murders. Jesús Manuel Guardado and four other "Toltecas" had been arrested in 1999. One was found not guilty. Five of the twelve convicted so far have been bus drivers.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Situation of the Rights of Women in Ciudad Juárez (2002)

http://www.cidh.org/annualrep/2002eng/chap.vi.juarez.htm

Another important source of international analysis and support: http://www.mujeres.amnistia.org.mx/section.php?name=ciudadjuarez

Reactions

On May 30, 2005, President Vicente Fox told reporters that the majority of the Juárez killings had been resolved and the perpetrators placed behind bars. He went on to criticize the media for "rehashing" the same 300 or 400 murders, and said matters needed to be seen in their "proper dimension". In response, the congressional special commission for the killings said that the president needed to be better informed about the situation.

To protest the lack of progress in the case, a huge free concert organized by famous Latin artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Alex Ubago, Manu Chao, Lila Downs and others took place on September 18, 2005 in Mexico City's central Zócalo square.

http://www.cooperativa.cl/p4_noticias/site/artic/20050514/pags/20050514111058.html

Some recent books on the femicides:

Antonio Mendoza, Killers on the Loose: Unsolved Cases of Serial Murder (Virgin Books, 2002), ISBN 0753506815 — A study of unsolved serial killings around the world, including Ciudad Juárez.

Simon Whitechapel, Crossing to Kill: The True Story of the Serial-Killer Playground (Virgin Books, 2002), ISBN 0753506866 — Updated edition of the first detailed study of the Juárez murders.

  • On the lighter side of SEX and code here are some dirty clicks to keep you company as you run to catch up with all that needs to be done in the world.

The first Art and Politics of Netporn Conference took place at the start of October, 2005. Lots of very sticky links.

http://www.networkcultures.org/netporn/

4.0 One of my students (lotu5) found this on http://indyblogs.protest.net: "While SuicideGirls.com purports to be hip and women-friendly, apparently not everyone thinks so. So apparently someone decided to culture jam the whole idea of a Suicide Girl by signing up for as a model for them and populating their personal profile with information from a Palestinian female suicide bomber. It provides an interesting critique of the perspective of potential viewers of SuicideGirls.com, as well as to the people running SuicideGirls.com. One field in the profile is "CURRENT THOUGHTS ON SG: I hate it", summing up this person's opinion of the site."

At the time of this posting, the jammed profile was still available on the SuicideGirls.com website.

http://suicidegirls.com/members/RealSuicideGirl/

In case it has been deleted by the time you read this, here is what they wrote:

A bit about me written by Mika Minio-Paluello:

Hanadi Jaradat, a 29-year-old lawyer from Jenin, blew herself up in the Haifa Maxim restaurant in early October, killing 21, including four children. Her younger brother Fedi was executed by an Israeli undercover unit in front of her,despite her trying to protect him. On June 12th, three days before Fadi's wedding, the family was in the courtyard of the house. Salah Jaradat, Fadi's cousin and a member of Islamic Jihad, came to visit his pregnant wife, Ismath, and their two-year-old son, who were living with the family.

MEMBER SINCE: October 2005

AGE: 30 (Sep 22, 1975)

LOCATION: Palestine

HOMETOWN: Jenin

SIGN: I've seen it.

OCCUPATION: Law, until that proved insufficient.

STATS: Don't commodify people.

BODY MODS: A few.

FAVORITE BANDS: Chrissy Hynde.

FAVORITE FILMS: Battle of Algiers.

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Qur'an, The Bible, Give Me Liberty: The

Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Xena the Warrior Princess.

VICES: Deadly revenge.

CURRENT CRUSH: Mordechai Vanunu.

INTO: Fighting oppression.

MOST HUMBLING MOMENT: You have to ask?

5 ITEMS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: I only wanted two: My brother and justice.

MAKES ME HAPPY: Family. The Act of Sacrifice.

MAKES ME SAD: Israeli colonial aggression. Your imperialist government. Your lying media. Your passivity. The need for sacrifice.

GETS ME HOT: You have a very crude culture, the way you talk of such things.

I LOST MY VIRGINITY: Not.

FAVORITE SEXUAL POSITION: My mother – who I actually talk about these things with – tells me she really enjoys something I can hardly wait to try – oh, no, I guess I'll have to…

FANTASY: For you to understand.

CURRENT THOUGHTS ON SG: I hate it

WEBSITE: http://www.aztlan.net/women_martyrs.htm

  • Before I click out and leave you to your demands and desires (in that best-of-all-possible worlds we catch a glimpse of before waking), a few self-promotional links:

Electronic Disturbance Theater and swarmtheminutemen.com have been doing a series of actions online and on the ground these past few months against the Minutemen vigilantes that have been running around north of the border.

Click for updates: http://www.swarmtheminutemen.com

And for the direct action information: http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/swarm/swarm.php

And finally, you might enjoy drifting in this direction: http://www.insite05.org/auxillary/tjcalling2.htm

where you will find yours truly drifting around enjoying the border sun.

Over and out,

rdom

P.S. Just one more link for you click addicts:

http://deletetheborder.org/

"Señorita extraviada" ("Missing Young Woman") (2001)

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