Monday, October 19, 2009

Castro and the Casinos

Vol. 2, Issue 4, October 2009 Contents
Feature article

Until the success of Fidel Castro's revolution 50 years ago,
Havana Cuba was a playground for the wealthy
and a sanctuary for American Mafiosi

Castro and the Casinos
By Thomas Hunt

"A growing law enforcement threat at home in the early 1950s caused the American Mafia to transplant a number of its rackets to the island nation of Cuba - just outside United States jurisdiction. Protected by a friendly and thoroughly corrupt Cuban administration, the underworld pumped millions of dollars into gambling and narcotics enterprises on the island. The Cuban capital became a playground for wealthy tourists and a paradise for organized criminals."

Nineteen and a half pages article body
Four and a half pages endnotes
Eighteen images

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