THIS COLD WAR IS BACK

AS U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS HIT A NEW LOW, CASTRO TELLS WHY HIS AIR FORCE SHOT DOWN CIVILIANS

FOR WEEKS, FIDEL CASTRO'S AIDES had been urging him to relax. Engaged in a one-year campaign to improve relations with various nations around the world, including the U.S., Cuba's President, now 69 years old, had been working too hard and traveling too much. So on Saturday, Feb. 24, he claims, he decided to take the day off. He retired to one of his Havana-area homes and began paging through My Truth, a book that tells how Mikhail Gorbachev, in opening the door to reform, failed to control dissent and wound up losing power. These days, Castro will tell anyone willing to...

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