CUBA: The Mortgaged Island

Fidel Castro last week summoned provincial representatives from all parts of Cuba to an economic accounting in Havana. The jefe máximo had bad news for them. Unless the pace of the 1971 zafra, or sugar harvest, is stepped up, he warned, considerable amounts of cane will go unprocessed. Said Fidel: "We cannot allow ourselves the luxury of leaving one pound of sugar unexported."

Lately, Cuba's bearded leader seems to be delivering nothing but stern exhortations. Two weeks ago, he wrote to Régis Debray, the French intellectual who was captured shortly before Bolivian soldiers...

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