National Geographic : 1977 Jan
SPRE Ps , " O~EgAPr E BSft fu~inol EX lMRE MIIjfl .;HjJkr^ 111--i MIs"WIlr 1s^^ SAE tlELTa Patriotism on parade: Members of Cuba's artists' union (above) celebrate May Day on Havana's Paseo, shouting support for their Marxist nation. Banners of workers' groups (left) proclaim solidarity. Despite scarcities and ra tioning, the standard of liv ing of the average Cuban has risen; sugar income, Soviet subsidies, and the charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Fidel Cas tro help sustain the only Communist nation in the Americas.