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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

N ogales, Sonora in Mexico is a microcosm for the whole underworld created by NAFTA. The surging maquiladora industry, and its low wages and poor working conditions, are a flashpoint for the battle between low-cost Third World manufacturing and First World consumption demands. Read more in "The New World Border."

Tucson Weekly's Jeff Smith tells a tale of business excellence in "Merchant Princes," while Nashville Scene's Walter Jowers offers some tips on how to avoid the dreaded urine-filled air duct during homebuilding in "Be Sweet."


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Volume II, Issue 22
November 23 - November 30, 1998  
 
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The New World Border [2]
A dispatch from the front lines of the maquiladora industry.
— John Dougherty and David Holthouse, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

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Merchant Princes [3]
Case One begins with a transmission gone wrong, and the good news just keeps building from there.
— Jeff Smith, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Be Sweet [4]
Scold-as-you-go may not be such a good attitude to take with the people building your house.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Death of Camelot [5]
30 years ago this week.
— Sue Schuurman, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

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