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Welcome to the club, Venezuelan-Americans…

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These pics comparing Time covers for the U.S. vs rest of world help explain the issue of American parochialism--which isn't a new one, and doesn't only affect news from Latin America. Though news from Latin America does often seem conspicuous by its brevity or absence, especially if it reflects badly on communists.

Sometimes, when Emily Bello-Pardo tries to inform people in the USA about the brutal crackdowns on protesters in her native Venezuela, they admit they have no idea what she's talking about.

Some say they've heard about something happening down there in Venezuela. Maybe they read about it.

"It can be frustrating," Bello-Pardo says through a forced smile.

Almost every day, Venezuelan Americans across the country hold demonstrations, rallies, candlelight vigils or anything else they can think of to get Americans to care about the month-long protests in Venezuela that have left more than 25 dead and a country in turmoil.

Saturday, Venezuelans staged a coordinated global vigil, from U.S. cities, including Miami, New York, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco, to Spain, Italy and other countries.

But while global leaders are focused on Russia's aggression in Ukraine and the missing Malaysia Airlines flight dominating American news broadcasts, many Venezuelan Americans say they can't get anyone to listen.

"The entire Venezuelan community is activated," Ackerman says. "But the national media is not paying attention."

On the other hand, a hundred Castroite agents (on the payroll and off) meet in Miami this week-end and the anti-embargo circle-jerk makes headlines from Reuters to Miami Herald.

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