Bolivia: Poker Game

The neatest trick in the Communist propaganda game in Latin America is the Kremlin's constant bluffing as it plays on the countries' deep yearning for development. When the Reds talked vaguely of offering Bolivia an uneconomic but showy smelter to refine its tin ore, the U.S. showed its cards by lending Bolivia $10 million to revamp the nationalized tin mines, which account for 67% of the impoverished nation's export income. Last week the Communists dealt off another, even bigger offer. In La Paz, Nicolai Rodionov, Soviet bureaucrat, announced that Russia would bid not only the smelter but also a $150...

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