By Georgie Anne Geyer WASHINGTON -- Strange things are happening in Cuba. Events in the island nation more and more resemble the surrealism that has infused all of Latin American literature with mysticism and, often, mayhem.
First, Chinese President Hu Jintao came through Havana on his recent triumphal trip to Latin America, deliberately designed to usurp American influence in that region. One would have thought Cuba, with its eternal anti-Americano bugaboo, would have been Hu's first "hit" for investment. But no.
Instead, the young Chinese president, who is peacefully expanding China's influence all over the world while America fights desperately in Iraq (news - web sites), offered no investment in oil exploration and only a pittance in nickel. This, after offering to invest $100 billion in Latin America in the next decade.
But perhaps that should not have been so surprising. Once again, the Cuban sugar industry is in crisis. Castro, never a stickler when it comes to dates or hours or the realities of agriculture, had to postpone the sugar crop harvest from November to January...