Cuba Under Castro

Archive Report

Conditions in Communist Cuba in 1968

Cuba will celebrate later this month the 15th anniversary of Fidel Castro's attack on the Moncado Barracks at Santiago de Cuba. Although the attack was unsuccessful, it was Castro's initial bid for power and the date on which it occurred—July 26—gave its name to the movement which not much more than five years later put Cuba's old-style dictator, Pulgencio Batista, to flight.

On Jan. 1, 1969, Castro will complete a full decade as leader of what turned out to be the first Communist regime in the Western Hemisphere. Through that period he has managed to keep control of Cuba despite an American-financed attempt at invasion of the country, an economic boycott promoted by the United States, expulsion from the Organization ...

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