CUBA: Purification

Fidel Castro's "purification" of Cuba rolled on, harsh, moralistic, fervid. Purified was the vast gambling establishment, purified was government graft. Purification also drove the bearded conquerors to set aside more and more of the constitution in order to purge the losers by firing squad. Castro's men, immune to such worldly blandishments as alcohol and money, found their grim satisfactions in rows of executed Batista henchmen.

Empty Bottles. In Havana, Castro's antivice campaign suspended the crooked government lottery (costing 4,000 ticket vendors their jobs). The government also closed a giant private numbers game,...

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