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Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina was the little brown bandit who ruled the Dominican Republic as President from 1930 to 1938. He then refused a third term "following United States precedent" and now rules instead as generalissimo of the army. He was much put out this past year as he watched the parade of other Latin-American strongmen to Washington: Cuba's Batista, Nicaragua's Somoza, Brazil's Aranha and Monteiro (TIME, Nov. 14, et seq.). All these received official invitations, were saluted, handshaken, welcomed at the White House. But for Dictator Trujillo, no invitation came.

So he...

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