CUBA: Dockside Dictator

On the far side of Havana's crowded harbor, the, massive crane that unloads the Seatrain stood stark and still. The Seatrain itself, a seagoing ferry that brings 105 loaded U.S. freight cars to Cuba weekly and returns them packed with Cuban freight, languished at its home berth in New Orleans. Cuba's belligerent dock workers, backed by the compliant Grau San Martin Government, had decided that the Seatrain was cutting them out of jobs.

Since the Seatrain started operating in 1929 the dock workers had watched with anger and frustration as the great crane plucked loaded cars from its hold and...

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