To Our Readers: Dec. 6, 1993

The 230-mile charter flight from Miami to Havana went as planned until the final approach to the airport. Suddenly the pilot announced a landing delay because of unexpected congestion. "The problem wasn't other planes but cows on the runway. We ended up circling for 25 minutes until they were cleared away," said TIME senior editor Johanna McGeary on her return from a two-week reporting assignment that led to this week's cover story.

McGeary's visit was a rare opportunity, because the U.S. generally forbids its citizens to visit Cuba, and Havana issues few visas to American reporters. Exploring what may lie ahead...

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