In 1993, two years after the Soviet bloc collapsed and $4 billion in aid vanished from the Cuban economy, Fidel Castro turned up in a photograph audaciously autographing American dollars for tourists. It's a potent image, but one that is also utterly misleading. Even though Castro has opened up his country's markets to American capital, state wages have stagnated, throwing much of Cuba's population into corrosive poverty. Meanwhile, the American dollar has become a talisman of prestige in Cuba--the grail of a widespread underground and tourist economy. In his... More >>>