CUBA: Forgive & Forget

Dictator Fulgencio Batista is a shrewd politician who knows when to give an inch to save the ruler. For two months he blocked a congressional move to grant amnesty to political prisoners and exiles, even though the mood of the country was clearly in favor of it. Last week Batista gave in gracefully, told his majorities in Congress to push through a sweeping amnesty bill.

President Batista's "forgive and forget" law will allow some 335 exiles and fugitives to return home, will set free 65 oppositionists jailed for such crimes as armed rebellion,...

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