MEXICO DEAD MEN DON'T PAY UP Almost everything is going wrong at the same time

''For my country and my people,'' Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado wrote in an advertising supplement, ''(the World Cup) will give us a chance of showing the world the reality of Mexico.'' So, alas, it has. When the President stepped forward before 300 million TV viewers around the globe to open the quadrennial soccer tournament three weeks ago, his speech was drowned out by an almost unprecedented chorus of boos. A few days later, Mexico City's huge Aztec Stadium, unfilled even during a major game, ran out of water. At one point its official clock broke down; at another,...

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