Cuba: The Man on the Raft

Since Fidel Castro first rode into Havana in triumph two years ago, 45,000 Cubans have fled to the U.S. Of these, 2,300 have arrived by what the U.S. Immigration Service officially describes as "unusual transport"—hijacking yachts, diverting passenger planes at gunpoint or jumping off Cuban vessels transiting the Panama Canal. But even U.S. officialdom was prepared to admit last week that "unusual transport" hardly seemed adequate to cover the case of Jesus Rafael Saavedra, 23.

For more than a year after he was demobilized from Dictator Fulgencio Batista's defeated army in 1959,...

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