A half-century ago, on Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro brought down the curtain on Fulgencio Batista’s right-wing dictatorship in Cuba. America’s cavorting-cum-commerce ceased. Miami became Cuba’s second city as, over the years, hundreds of thousands fled communist rule.
In the shadow of the 50th anniversary of the revolution, Cuba is a repressive society long under a single ruler — the ailing, aged Mr. Castro still holds Cubans in his thrall even if he formally handed the presidency to his younger brother, Raúl, in 2006. Continue reading