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The paradox of US foreign policy on Cuba

It created what it aimed to destroy—a hostile, pro-Soviet, long-lived regime built around Fidel Castro

By Isabel Hilton  

People sit in a bus heading to see the ashes of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in Bartolome Maso, on the foothills of Sierra Maestra, Cuba ©Ricardo Mazalan/AP/Press Association Images

It was the early 1990s. I was in Havana, on one of several frustrating reporting trips. Cuba then was an unrewarding place for a journalist to visit: the Party elite was all but impossible to meet, and if you succeeded, they spoke…

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