Cuba: SAM's Song

In exchange for the $1,000,000 a day he gets from the Red bloc, Fidel Castro barters away Cuba's lifeblood —its sugar crop. That blood is beginning to get thin. Partly because of Hurricane Flora and partly because of pitiful mismanagement, Cuban sugar production this year is estimated at 3,300,000 tons, about half what it was in pre-Castro years. Yet Castro has committed more sugar (at bargain prices he can ill afford) to his Communist partners, until he now owes them more than he produces. Faced with this kind of debacle, Cuba last week did an astonishing thing for...

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