The Hemisphere: Angry Defectors

Cuba's revolution now seems aimed at taking over every institution, business and property of note in the country. Fidel Castro's National Institute for Agrarian Reform (I.N.R.A.) has blanket authority to seize land, and it is doing just that at a hectic pace. His Ministry for the Recovery of Stolen Government Property grabs all possessions of "counter-revolutionaries," real and imagined. To this pair of communizing agencies, Castro last week added a third: the Labor Ministry, which got decree power to take over any business or labor organization.

Other signposts on Castro's crazy course toward...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!