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“My 24 hours in Mexico’s 21st-century migrant prison” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Al Jazeera

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

“On July 11, I found myself imprisoned at Mexico’s infamous Siglo XXI “migration station” in Tapachula – a city in the state of Chiapas near the border with Guatemala – which specialises in detaining US-bound migrants from Central America and beyond.

Mine was a curious predicament, to say the least, for a citizen of the United States, exempt as we usually are from the fallout of border militarisation policies.”

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“Coronavirus, Checkpoints, and the Beach of Death” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE excerpt published in Current Affairs

Monday, June 7th, 2021

“Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Belén Fernández’s new book Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place, a story about getting stuck during the pandemic and a no-holds-barred critique of the politicians who are largely responsible for the scale of the disaster.”

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“There is no safe space for the children of the Gaza Strip” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Jacobin

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“Israel’s wanton, murderous bombing campaign in Gaza is slaughtering not just civilians, but scores of children.”

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“Western media’s euphemisms for Israel’s violence” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Middle East Eye

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“Were the media concerned with speaking truth to power, the case of Sheikh Jarrah perfectly exposes the magnitude of Israeli hypocrisy and deceit”

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“Impossible to put down… At once a witty, interrogative, and nostalgic memoir.” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE reviewed in CounterPunch

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Fernandez’s candor and self-deprecating humor combined with a deep love and compassion for people and places torn apart by political and social turmoil draws the reader all over the world.

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“[Fernández] has a finely tuned ironic sensitivity that picks up on the many quirks and foibles of humans at work or play wherever she goes… Her writing is energetic, engaging, loquacious.” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE reviewed in CounterPunch

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Fernández likes people and, even in our jaded age of relativism, it acts as a pick-me-up tonic to know that there are people out there like Belén are tickled by the characters they meet up with… One of the really wonderful things about Fernández’s writing, aside from its mirth and ironic observation, is its humanity.

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“The US government’s solution to the migrant crisis is militarization… again.” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Al Jazeera

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

“Biden’s anti-migrant ‘surge’”

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“The style comes across as authentically [Fernández’s] own, and the surplus of energy and expression is of a piece with the author’s mind and voice” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE reviewed for 3 Quarks Daily

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

“An American who goes to great lengths to avoid ever setting foot in America, [Fernández] had arrived in Mexico on March 13 [2020] with the intention of setting off to yet another destination a few days later. Covid, of course, had other plans… Ironically enough, [CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE] provides the reader with exactly the kind of brief vacation that Fernández had expected for herself.”

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“Pandemic reflections on a year of being still” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Al Jazeera

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

“Last year, the pandemic put a stop to my itinerant life, perhaps for the better.”

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“My Year of Sedentary Existence” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE excerpt published in Jacobin

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

“When the coronavirus pandemic took off in Mexico in March 2020, Belén Fernández found herself stuck in the Oaxacan coastal village of Zipolite — a curious predicament for someone who had spent the past seventeen years in a state of manic itinerancy, dashing between countries and pursuing parallel lives in disparate geographies. A coronavirus checkpoint materialized directly in front of her apartment to regulate access and departures from the village, and she was issued an ID authorizing her to travel once a week to a larger town for groceries. Thus began a sudden psychological confrontation with the idea of sedentary existence. The following is an excerpt from her new book, Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place.”

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“Covid-19: From a beach in Mexico, nomadic dreams of return” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Middle East Eye

Friday, February 26th, 2021

“I was suddenly confined to a place whose very name, Zipolite, is rumoured to mean playa de la muerte, or ‘beach of death.'”

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