MEXICO: Red Haven

Alfred and Martha Stern, ducking extradition to the U.S. for grand-jury questioning about their activities as Communist spies, were gone from their high-walled, Spanish-colonial retreat in Mexico City (TIME, Sept. 2). But still in Mexico is a thriving colony of wealthy expatriates representing every shade in the Communist spectrum, from parlor pink to Moscow Red.

A gathering place for the colony reportedly is the spacious home of Sterling Dickinson, U.S.-born director of art-conscious San Miguel de Allende's biggest art school. A resident of Mexico for 20-odd years, he keeps open house for...

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