Saturday, October 08, 2005

Blind Spot for Stan?

Blind Spot for Stan?

There's been relatively little coverage of the death toll from mudslides and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Stan in the U.S. media.


  • The storm hit Central America - not the U.S.
  • It was a Pacific storm, not an Atlantic storm, so it seems further away
  • Between Katrina and Rita, perhaps we're all stormed out?

    Whatever. The fact is that over 500 people have died in Guatemala alone, and smaller numbers in five nearby countries. While the death toll isn't quite as big as that in Louisiana, nor even remotely comparable to that from the Indian Ocean tsunami, it is surprising just how much it's been ignored. After all, there are a lot of migrant workers in the U.S. who came from that fairly impoverished part of the world. But I guess they, too, are largely invisible to the mainstream media.
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