Cuba: From Spontaneity to Stagnation

At 25, Castro's revolution has already reached middle age

It was hailed as an anniversary of popular triumph, but the subdued ritual that took place last week in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba looked more like an exercise in lonely defiance. As a chilly evening rain fell on the tiny colonial plaza of Cuba's second-largest city (pop. 360,000), a crowd of 5,000 carefully selected guests waited patiently as the country's aging revolutionary leadership filed into place on the carved wooden balconies of the venerable city hall. Soaked to the skin,...

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