CUBA: The Mob Is Back

A low-flying sports plane towed a banner above Miami last week to spread the news to any beach lounger looking for action: CASINOS REOPEN IN HAVANA. In

a major retreat from his "purification" campaign, Prime Minister Fidel Castro restored legal gambling in all its old splendor of brocade draperies, deep carpets, clicking dice and turning wheels. Running the show from behind the scenes were the same U.S. mobsters who bossed gambling for Batista.

Castro was moved to action by the slump in the tourist trade and the angry demands of 2,000 card dealers,...

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