MEXICO: Flirting With Fluor Spar

President General Lázaro Cárdenas made some nice gestures toward continental defense last week. He slapped an embargo on shipments of Mexican mercury to Japan. A Japanese bid for 18,000 tons of scrap iron was rejected, a cargo of war materials ticketed for Tokyo frozen. A Government spokesman announced that Cardenas would declare unconstitutional a contract signed fortnight ago, granting Japan oil concessions in the State of Veracruz. This, said the Mexican Good Neighbor, was to "demonstrate Mexico's adherence to the hemisphere policy of solidarity." Few days later President General Cárdenas changed...

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