Cuba: On the Block

The pirates are long since gone from the Spanish Main, and so are the slave traders. Their techniques, though, are well-remembered in Communist Cuba. Last week four members of the Cuban Families Committee for Liberation of Prisoners of War flew to Havana on a sorry mission—to negotiate the auction of 1,179 prisoners captured in last year's abortive Bay of Pigs invasion. A mass trial had found them guilty of treason; now at prices ranging from $25,000 to $500,000, Castro offered them for sale. Otherwise, said he. the prisoners would serve 30 years in prison.

In Havana the ransom delegation was...

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