Conditions in Contemporary CUBA
Castro Regime's Diminishing Ideological Fervor
The revolutionary regime of Fidel Castro, which marks its fifteenth anniversary on Jan. 1, is nearing a critical phase of development. Beset by economic difficulties and shortages of consumer and industrial goods, and heavily in debt to the Soviet Union, Castro is under pressure to step up agricultural and industrial production, and to improve the economic management of his country.
After 15 years of authoritarian, one-man rule, there are signs that the revolution is running out of the ideological fervor that has carried it through foreign harassment, invasion, economic embargo and diplomatic isolation in the Western Hemisphere. Castro is attempting to institutionalize the revolution, relieving it of dependence on the physical presence of one man—himself—and preparing a more ...