Foreign News: Batista's Boost

Fulgencio Batista, Cuba's dynamic President, hates fat Francisco Franco of Spain and does not care who knows it. A month ago, after a visit to Washington, President Batista announced that an Allied invasion of Falangist Spain would bring a "total ovation . . . throughout all Latin America" (TIME, Dec. 28).

Last week Batista took another crack at the dictator across the water. He ordered his Minister of the Interior, Antonio Bravo Costa, to legalize the belligerently Loyalist Spanish Republican Circle, outlawed since 1936 street riots with Franco Falangistas. He made no move to...