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Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land is a 2014 documentary that describes itself thus:
"With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels." [From the Cartel Land website.]
Summer 2015 has begun with a now-familiar series of chaotic weather patterns (Texas's years-old drought turning into massive flooding) and yet more police acquittals in brazen acts of murder, this time of an officer who fired 49 shots through the front windscreen of a car into two unarmed men in the front seat.
Baltimore showed that the Black Lives Matter movement is alive and well, and the city of Baltimore itself was already synonymous with police corruption, a racist legal system and the bleaker side of the American dream, courtesy of The Wire cable television series, which one can buy on the street in Mexico these days.
I wrote the following based upon two trips to Mexico City, one in July-September 2013 and the other for two weeks in December 2013. I don't claim to fully explain the current state of Mexican politics and social movements, but perhaps this can provide, for the "vecino distante" (distant neighbor) in the United States, an idea of what's happening right next door, always of importance and unfortunately, usually ignored.
The papers on every news kiosk in Mexico City in late August 2013, blared denunciations: "Imagine -- Mexico Without Soccer!" screamed one newspaper. Pictures of crying children stuck outside of a stadium clutching the colors of their favorite team were plastered on the front page of another paper.