Cuba: Wait Till Next Decade

Just to show that he's still one of the peasants, Cuba's Fidel Castro likes to don a wide-brimmed straw hat, peel off his starched green uniform shirt, and work up a good sweat by chopping away in the sugar-cane fields. Last week he had some hardly reassuring words for his fellow cane workers struggling to get in Cuba's drought-blighted and sorely mismanaged sugar crop. Conditions in Cuba will surely change for the better, said Fidel, "in ten or twelve years."

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