MEXICO: NORTHERN EXPOSURES

AMID THE CURRENT CRISIS, MEXICANS REFLECT ON THEIR NEIGHBOR: AMERICA THE BULLY, AMERICA THE BOUNTIFUL

High above the smog-smothered skyscrapers, on the parapets of Chapultepec Castle, the bronze statues of six young soldiers strike a gallant pose. The teenage cadets revered by every Mexican as the ``Boy Heroes'' died defending the fortress against Yanquis in 1847. Every Sept. 13, the President of Mexico, his Cabinet and the diplomatic corps assemble at the Mexico City fortress to recall the defeat that led to el despojo territorial, what Mexicans consider the unjust seizure of their land that now makes up California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

``The image of the U.S. has been of an imperialist country,'' says...

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