Articles of Interest
Mexico, Arizona's best friend
By Ricardo Castro-Salazar*
It is easy to lose perspective of Mexico's importance to the United States, particularly during this time of negative media exposure. Yet the complex relationship between the two countries extends far beyond their problems. Particularly in Arizona it is important to understand the magnitude of this relationship so we may appreciate not only its challenges, but also its benefits. I highlight here just a few of the established links between the two countries, focusing on the critical role they play in Arizona's economy:
Officially, Mexico is the United States' third most important trading partner, having been nudged from second place by China. Yet if one compares the value of imports and exports between the U.S. and these countries, one will discover that Mexico consumes almost twice the amount of U.S. goods than China does. With more than twelve times the population of Mexico, China buys fewer U.S. products, but remains the second most important trading partner due to the U.S.'s substantial deficit with China.
One Journalist's View on Mexico
By Linda Ellerbee
Sometimes Iíve been called a maverick because I donít always agree with my colleagues, but then, only dead fish swim with the stream all the time. The stream here is Mexico. You would have to be living on another planet to avoid hearing how dangerous Mexico has become, and, yes, its true drug wars have escalated violence in Mexico, causing collateral damage, a phrase I hate. Collateral damage is a cheap way of saying that innocent people, some of them tourists, have been robbed, hurt or killed. But thatís not the whole story. Neither is this. This is my story.