The World: Bringing Down a Ban

The diplomatic and economic quarantine of Cuba by the Organization of American States has been tough to sustain—and equally tough to get off the books. Last year, before a meeting of OAS foreign ministers in Quito, it seemed like a good bet that delegates of pro-Cuba countries had rounded up the two-thirds majority needed to vote out the ten-year-old embargo, which now throws only a very tattered curtain around Castro's island. Much to everyone's surprise, the anti-embargo forces fell two votes short, chiefly because the U.S. delegation took a studied attitude of "negative neutrality" on the issue. It did not oppose...

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