WILL A TIGHTER EMBARGO REALLY BRING DOWN CASTRO?

An old communist saw holds that capitalists will gladly sell the rope that can be used to hang them. Fidel Castro is trying to adapt that maxim to secure a financial lifeline from the U.S. It is an article of faith in Havana that if only Washington would lift the 33-year-old trade embargo, a vast infusion of American cash would rescue Cuba's economy. Last summer Castro tried to force the Clinton Administration into negotiations about improving ties by allowing more than 33,000 Cubans to flee the island for the U.S. The ploy did not work; the U.S. still holds 28,000 rafters...

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