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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!