Howard Campbell is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the co-editor of the University of Texas Press Inter-America Series. Previously he published 'Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez', University of Texas Press. Javier Valdez Cardenas is a Mexican reporter and author who received several international awards for his writing on drug trafficking and organised crime in the Mexican drug war. In 2003, he and other reporters from the daily newspaper 'Noroeste' founded 'Riodoce', a weekly dedicated to crime and corruption in Sinaloa, considered one of Mexico's most violent states. Valdez Cardenas is also the author of several books on drug trafficking, including 'Miss Narco', which chronicles the lives of the girlfriends and wives of drug lords. In 2011, Valdez Cardenas was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, 'an annual recognition of courageous journalism'. In his acceptance speech, he called the violence of Mexican drug trafficking 'a tragedy that should shame us', blaming the citizenry of Mexico for giving the drug war its deaths.