Cuba: Five Eggs a Month

After five weeks of uncharacteristic silence, Fidel Castro appeared to his people last week bearing bad news and mea culpas.

Facing up to the island's growing hunger, he set harsh new rationing regulations. In Havana, almost everything is to be rationed. Rice is restricted to 6 lbs. per person per month; beans, 1½ lbs.; soap, one cake ("I believe it will suffice if used economically," said Castro); eggs, five. Meat is restricted to ¾ lb. per week (enough for three small hamburgers ). Castro offered such stock excuses for the food failure as the Yankee boycott (although U.S. food exports to...

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