CUBA: Animal Farm

Behind yellow and green holiday lights festooned across a 23-story concrete building in downtown Havana, the select inner ring of Fidel Castro's chaotic dictatorship this week celebrates its first anniversary in power. The building is not the national palace or the long-deserted Congress, but the tightly guarded headquarters of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA). Yugoslav Theoretician Milovan Djilas once observed that the first duty of any Communist revolutionary is to destroy the political force that brought him to power and replace it with an enormous, patronage-rich bureaucracy. Castro has...