communism

NEWS via NewYorkTimes: Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning to Help

March 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning to Help By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 4, 2014 At Atelier, foreigners and Cubans find food and service that had disappeared from Havana for decades. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times HAVANA — The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial muscle behind them: Cuban-Americans whose families lost their previous ventures to Cuba’s Communist government. “It’s all about people not losing hope and seeing that starting a business is a way to improve their lives,” said Eduardo Mestre, 65, a Wall Street banker who returned to Cuba last year for the first time since 1960 to see the start-up training he helps finance. “Emotionally, it’s very hard not to connect with people who have all this ambition in a place where maintaining hope is very hard to [...]

NEWS via BBC News: Does the Berlin Wall still exist?

September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Does the Berlin Wall still exist? By Stephen Evans BBC News, Berlin If you are wondering whether the two halves of Germany are becoming truly one nearly a quarter of a century after the country was officially unified, just have a look at the map of voting patterns in Berlin. The picture is stark: the former route of the Berlin Wall divides the city into voting choices. In the constituencies of the East, voters chose Die Linke (The Left party), descended from the old communist party. In the West, they voted for the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats (CDU), both formerly West German parties. In a few locales in the centre of Berlin, on either side of what was the Wall, the Greens came out on top – and closer examination reveals these to be areas which have been gentrified heavily, with large numbers of young, professional incomers. The map only takes account of votes in constituencies. Germans had two votes – one for a local candidate and a second for the party [...]
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