Zanzibar: Deadlocked Magic

It was election time, and Zanzibaris nervously barricaded themselves behind the huge brass-spiked doors installed in their houses long ago to withstand the battering of elephants. In the British island protectorate off the east coast of Africa, voting can be dangerous. The last Zanzibar election, two years ago, ended in bloody race riots with 68 killed. The violence was caused by a deadlock between the Nationalist Party, which is led by Zanzibar's land-owning Arab minority and the Afro-Shirazi Party, which claims to represent the interests of the African majority. Both parties won...

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