Guinea: Vaccinated Against Communism

Sunk in disorder and poverty, many of the newly independent nations of black Africa not long ago seemed ripe ground for Communism. None seemed riper than Guinea, where President Sékou Touré preached a dogmatic Marxist philosophy and a virulent hatred of the West. But in Africa, a local saying holds, "There is no past or future, only the present," and Guinea is a perfect case in point. After years of cozying up to Moscow, Touré has turned against the Reds, and their high hopes of gaining an African foothold in Guinea have all but evaporated.

Floral Paratroopers. Touré's disenchantment with Communism...

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