Mexico: Digging Out

Mexico, according to one etymological theory, is an Aztec term meaning "land of the people buried under lava." Today it is a country almost half of whose 48.3 million people are buried in poverty. Urban industrialization and agricultural reform have made Mexico the most economically successful of Latin America's countries, with an annual growth rate exceeding 6% over the past decade. In the past two decades, per capita income has doubled to almost $600 a year. Yet most of Mexico's small farmers, as well as the country's 3,000,000 Indians, still live on...

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