Ferry Tales

Castro threatens to flood the U.S. with refugees

After surviving more than three decades of economic embargo and revolutionary rule, Cubans have learned to find humor in the grimmest situations. The new joke in Havana is that they have the world's cheapest ferry: not only will 10 cents take you across Havana Bay, but it will take you all the way to Florida.

It's no laughing matter, however. In the past two weeks, three ferries have been hijacked by refugees trying to flee Cuba. And when crowds started gathering on Havana's Malecon seafront drive last Friday to see if hijackers would commandeer yet another boat, the police moved in,...

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