CUBA: Batista Backfire

Swart, nimble little Colonel Fulgencio Batista, "Cuban Strong Man" and most likable of Caribbean dictators, has been fixing himself up during the past year with a brand-new reputation as a Liberal which he was ready last week to test at the polls. Originally Colonel Batista was suspected of Fascist leanings. Because of this, last year some 70% of the electorate stayed home on voting day to boycott Batista (TIME, March 14, 1938).

After receiving this slap, the Strong Man ordered his stooge President Dr. Federico Laredo Bru to dissolve the Cuban falange, an...

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