"Castro is always willing to take dollars from American businessmen and tourists, but he'll be darned if any of those creepy democratic ways that go along with capitalism get leeched onto the political system," says TIME's Cathy Booth. "The Cubans have seen the chaos and troubles Russia went through after the collapse of the Soviet Union and they say, 'No thanks.'" And with government hardliners sitting firmly in the driver's seat, nor is there much chance that Cuba will come round any time soon.
HAVANA: The Clinton Administration plans to temporarily ease up on travel restrictions in time for the Pope's January 1998 visit, and American businesses are interested in tapping into Cuba's booming tourist industry. But there's no change when it comes to politics. Fidel may want Yankee cash, but leave democracy at the door, please.