by Andy Porras
México lindo y querido — beautiful and beloved, as the old ballad proclaims — is also a land of depressing disparity. It is, as a recent study sizes up, almost 50 percent dirt poor.
Then, too, Mexico is the home of the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu. His family came to Mexico from Lebanon just before the 1911 Mexican Revolution.
Is there something wrong with this picture? Many Mexicans, rich or poor, think so.