World: Who's on First?

If their Afro-Asian visitors were confused about Algeria's new government, the Algerians were left even deeper in the dark. The government-controlled press, radio and TV pointedly avoided any explanation of its aims. The regime's newly appointed spokesman, a suave former tourism minister named Si Slimane, even refused to identify the members of the ruling Revolutionary Council or say how many there were. Asked last week whether Houari Boumedienne was in fact the new Chief of State, Slimane snapped back: "That is a question which should not be asked!"

What soon became clear, though,...

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