Cuba: Mystery Ship

Cubans have only hungry, depressing things to talk about these days—more crop failures, still tighter rationing, and a brutal hurricane that took at least 1,200 lives and left an estimated $500 million damage. Last week, faced by his devastated people, Fidel Castro tried to give them something else to talk about by finding a new cause against the U.S. In two separate TV talkathons, Castro spun an Eric Ambler tale of arms smuggling, sabotage raids and mystery ships, and accused the U.S. of waging "an undeclared war" on Cuba.

For proof, Castro displayed captured grenades and announced the arrest of six...

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