Cuba: Down with the Old Guard

In the past year, Cuba has been torn by a power struggle between its old-guard, Moscow-lining Communists and the younger Fidelistas, whose hearts are closer to Peking. The Moscow old guard is clearly getting the worst of it. Between May and December last year, Castro sacked four Cabinet ministers who were aligned with the Soviet-oriented wing of the party. Last week he bumped the most important old-timer yet: Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, 51, director of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA) and top go-between for Havana and Moscow.

Into the Hills. Urbane and well-educated, Rodriguez joined the party in 1930,...

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