Cuba: Study in Grey

As an island laboratory for Marxist revolution, Fidel Castro's Cuba is the place where stern Communist discipline meets Fidel Castro's quixotic Latin temperament. To assess the experiment, TIME'S Buenos Aires Bureau Chief Gavin Scott, traveling on his Canadian passport, first visited Havana 17 months ago. Last week he returned from a second two-week trip to Cuba. A summary of his report:

Grey, not red, is the color of Communism, and by that standard, Cuba's Marxists are succeeding mightily. Havana, once the gayest city in the hemisphere, continues its steady decline into uniform drabness. The people are quieter, the buildings shabbier,...

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