THE AMERICAS: Trading with the Reds

Inspecting imported wheat last week, the manager of a Brazilian flour mill caught a glint of metal, plucked out the hammer-and-sickle button of a Russian army uniform. How the button got mixed with the grain, no one knew, but it provided a brassy accent for a plain fact: Latin American trade with Iron Curtain countries is rising. Items:

¶ Cuba last fortnight agreed to deliver 200,000 tons of sugar to Russia for $12 million. Though the price was low (3.05¢ a Ib. v. the 3.17¢ world price), Cubans were overjoyed, would gladly accept similar out-of-the-blue orders for the...

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