Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Iran Coverage in Mexico
The lack of attention to the vote in Iran here in Mexico has been striking. Unless I'm wrong, neither La Jornada nor El Universal nor Excélsior has devoted any front-page story space to the election and subsequent protests. It's always a bit hard to predict what foreign stories will catch the nation's fancy, and Mexico has nothing remotely resembling a national interest at stake, so from that standpoint, it's unsurprising. However, it's a major story from a vital player in the world's thorniest region, which was enough to make the Gaza invasion in January a huge story here, despite the lack of direct relevance for Mexicans. Furthermore, Mexico is on the Security Council, and events in Iran weigh on the Security Council about as much as events in any nation.