Steaming Through the Embargo

A large crack in the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba will open this week as the first commercial shipments of U.S. food in 38 years are due to arrive in Havana. After Hurricane Michelle ravaged Cuba last month, compounding the island's steep drop in tourism revenues after Sept. 11, Castro refused relief aid from Washington, his archenemy. But the communist dictator did agree to pay $30 million in cash for grain, poultry and vegetable oil from U.S. companies like ADM and Cargill--something he had vowed earlier he would never do. Under pressure from U.S. business and farmers, Congress last year loosened...

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