The Hemisphere: Spiritual Home

Until lately, Guatemala's former President Jacobo Arbenz has enjoyed lonely notoriety as the only head (until his downfall) of a Communist-dominated government in Latin American history. Now he may have to share the title with Cuba's Fidel Castro. Last week, visiting Cuba, Arbenz felt so much at home that he decided to move in permanently.

In 1954, facing the invading forces of U.S.-backed Rebel Carlos Castillo Armas, Arbenz abandoned the presidency to make a panicky dash for safety in the Mexican embassy. He thereby won the scorn of a militant young Argentine leftist then temporarily living in Guatemala—Ernesto ("Che") Guevara. Said Che,...

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