CUBA: Emerging from Quarantine

One by one, the nations of the Western Hemisphere that have boycotted Fidel Castro's Cuba for the past decade have been having second thoughts. In the past two years, official ties have been forged between Cuba and Peru, Argentina, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad-Tobago.* Last week Panama was added to the list when 30 jubilant Panamanian officials flew to Havana to sign a declaration restoring diplomatic, economic and cultural links between the two nations. Next in line are Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia—and probably the U.S.

There has been as much economic activity as diplomatic. Cuba's trade with other...

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