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This edition: Migration and Conquest

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In Mesa del Norte, Mexico's north-central region, economic disparities between the coastal and U.S. border regions and the country's "hollow core" have forced a migration out from the interior, as impoverished rural people search for a better life in the city of Monterrey or in the United States. In Guatemala, a case study follows the life of one Mayan woman who has lost both her husband and her son to the continuing guerrilla war being waged by the Mayan Indians against the national government. The country's long history of civil unrest and political instability is rooted in historically poor treatment of the Mayan people on coffee plantations and in related production facilities.