Cuba: Gusanos' Paradise

The queue stretched on for blocks outside the Cuban Ministry of Justice in downtown Havana—people of all ages and descriptions seeking birth certificates, marriage licenses, exit permits, any document that would enable them to leave their Communist homeland. Other hopeful lines formed at the Interior Ministry, at the former U.S. embassy, now administered by a small Swiss staff, and at cable offices, where Cubans by the thousands were either sending word to friends and relatives in Miami or awaiting word back.

Washington was waiting, too—for a yes or no from Fidel Castro...

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