MEXICO: The Paycheck Revolution

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Though Mexico is next door to the U.S., though millions of U.S. citizens have seen it themselves, the country south of the border is still mostly a colorful legend. It is—to many Americans—unsanitary and exotic, the place where Aunt Clara got dysentery and watched dark-skinned boys dive 165 ft. into a surging wave at Acapulco. It is violent: the plump señora in the cartoon scolds her sombreroed husband as he cleans his pistol, saying "Oh, Pablo, you're not going back into politics!" In the cities it has modern hotels, traffic jams,...

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