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  •  Why is it I know all sorts of stuff about (1+ / 0-)
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    Canada and virtually nothing about Mexico?

    •  The language barrier is a big part of it. (1+ / 0-)
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      This old man

      Another factor is that most US media no longer have correspondents in Mexico.

      However, if you talk to some Mexicans who live in your neighbourhood, you can get an earful on what's happening in Chihuahua, Jalisco, Guerrero, or whatever state they came from. Besides talking to their friends and relatives on Skype, these people can watch Spanish-language cable channels, and read Spanish-language newspapers. There are a LOT of the latter in North America; for example, La Raza, which covers Seattle and Northwest Washington. Unless you can at least read Spanish, these are sources of info you don't have access to.

      Having said all that, Al Jazeera has done a lot of hiring in Mexico. However, they haven't done a story yet on Andres Granier, discussed elsewhere in these comments. Here's a story from June 4:
      Here's a documentary they ran a couple of years ago that I thought was especially good:
      This one is also a good example of how things that happen in Mexico get mis-reported in the US. I think that community policing is a good thing, but in foreign media, community police often get identified as "vigilantes".

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