The Hemisphere: A Suite at the Pierre

The Caribbean's other dictator-turned-tourist, Venezuela's Marcos Pèrez Jimènez, turned up last week in an air-conditioned suite in Manhattan's Hotel Pierre, blandly told reporters he was only trying to beat the heat of Miami Beach, where he lives. He is also trying to beat what the U.S. State Department calls "very good" chances of deporting him—and he has talented help. His attorney is Miamian David W. Walters, who performed a similar service for Cuban ex-President Carlos Prio Socarrás. Grinned Walters last week: "Prio stayed seven years and went back to Cuba voluntarily before we had exhausted anywhere near all the possibilities."

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