MEXICO: Problems & Progress

In Mexico City, a friend asked President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines: "What is your greatest single problem?" The President smiled wryly. "It is the great problem of Mexico," he said. "Look out that window and you will see Mexicans living in shacks, with nothing to eat but tortillas, with no shoes, no education for their children, no hope but one. That hope is that their President will somehow make things better for them."

Last week, halfway through his six-year term of office, President Ruiz Cortines reported to the Mexican Congress—and by radio to the...

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