World: Queues and More Queues

Poland's numbingly familiar queues were longer than usual last week as people tried to buy scarce delicacies for the year-end holidays. In every city, town and hamlet, citizens stood in line in hopes of getting a carp for the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. When available, the fish cost $1.22 a pound. In downtown Warsaw, as a Dickensian gloom settled over the capital one evening, more than 70 people queued up before a seedy, barren-looking candy store in hopes of buying chocolates for their children. The shortages are worse than usual these days,...

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