World: The Other Beard

Over the years, only one hairier man had shown up for the May Day festivities in Moscow. He was Karl Marx, whose visage scowled down from a thousand placards every time the comrades met on the atheists' Easter. But on May Day this year, Muscovites whistled, cheered and stamped their feet for that popular fellow, The Other Beard.

It was Fidel Castro all right, and when he was not on Russia's TV last week, his music was. From every loudspeaker came the raucous, rhythmic tunes of Sloppy Joe's in Havana; no matter that the songs...

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