NICARAGUA: Mellow Mood

"Why do they still call me a dictator?" President Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza mused one day last week, as he chatted with a visitor on the plank porch of his Tamarindo ranch house. "Our jails are empty of political prisoners. Our press is as free as a bird. The newspapers attack me all the time. I let them. They can call me anything but an s.o.b." The President laughed: "I won't stand for that."

Tacho Somoza was in a mellow mood. He was not really complaining—just thinking out loud and airing a few mild gripes. One of them was about...

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