South America: Talk About Paranoia

Talk About Paranoia

President Fidel Castro has not visited Brazil since 1959, the year he installed himself as Cuba's supremo. So when Castro announced that he would attend last week's inauguration of Brazil's new President, Fernando Collor de Mello, authorities there were not sure what to expect: certainly a Cuban security detachment, perhaps even a few small arms.

Instead, the Cubans shipped in a small arsenal. On March 9 a Cuban transport plane landed in Brasilia carrying 100 passengers and crew members. According to the Rio daily Jornal do Brasil, there were also ten tons of weaponry aboard. At first the Cubans tried to...

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