A Touch Of Capitalism

Castro tries to keep the wolf at bay through careful injections of private enterprise

Cuba's economy has seen many grim days since the Soviet Union collapsed and subsidies to Castro's industrial dinosaurs disappeared. Yet what's a dictator to do? As Castro has seen, opening up to capitalism and democracy in Russia cost his former mentors their grip on power. Castro might have played the China strategy and made Cuba a haven for companies looking for cheap labor, but the U.S. embargo has made that impossible.

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