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Forty-Four Years of Solitude

Cuba under Castro.

Sep 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 02 • By LAUREN WEINER
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The only real certainty is that the transition ahead is not something from which we can turn our gaze. That ninety-mile distance between the north coast of the island and the southern tip of the United States entwines the destinies of the two countries. If the tensions between "a revolutionary history [that] cannot be unlived and a market-oriented future that ultimately cannot be avoided" bring catastrophe for 11.2 million Cubans, America will have no choice but to try to somehow pick up the pieces.

Lauren Weiner is a writer in Baltimore.