International: Pay or Go Hungry

Berlin was one place last week that the warm winds of peace passed by: a new cold front had settled over the city instead.

The East German Communists abruptly canceled, effective May 1, basic ration cards of some 40,000 Eastern Berliners who hold jobs in the city's Western sectors. The new order also voided the ration privileges of people engaged in what is left of private business in East Germany —all "owners, co-owners, partners and concessionaries of private industry or business employing more than five persons ... as well as wholesalers, owners and concessionaries of cafés and saloons, also retailers and [landlords]...

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