British Guiana: The Gimpex Way

"Hello, late workers," reads the cheery newspaper ad. "Are you usually late for work, appointments and dates? Well, let Gimpex take care of this with a Russian alarm wristwatch." And if timing is no problem, how about Chinese or Czechoslovakian sewing machines, glassware, pots and pans, brushes, cut-rate food items? In British Guiana's capital of Georgetown, Gimpex, short for Guiana Import-Export Corp., offers them all. The company is the colony's biggest importer of Communist goods, and Marxist Premier Cheddi lagan's lifeline to the Red world.

No one in the tiny South American country questions any more whether

Cheddi Jagan is a...

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