YUGOSLAVIA: House Cleaning

A new story was making the rounds last week in Belgrade's taverns. It concerned a legendary gypsy named Branko, who was trying to get into the Communist Party. "Well," he was told, "if you join, you will have to put aside all thoughts of wine, women and song." Branko nodded gloomily. "Beyond that," the party man went on, "you might even be called upon to give your life if the party demands it." "Well, why not?" sighed Branko, signing the pledge. "Who in hell would want to keep a life like that anyway?"

Since the Titoist party conference in Zagreb...

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