Africa: The Man Who Wasn't There

Delegates of 46 nations representing nearly one billion people came to flag-festooned Cairo last week to praise neutralism and denounce imperialism in the second conference of nonaligned nations—and virtually nobody paid any attention. The man who stole the show was the man who wasn't even supposed to be there, Congo's Premier Moise Tshombe. Though loathed more than ever by most black leaders, Tshombe emerged from the week as almost a hero at home, and the protagonist of a very African episode that made his enemies look utterly foolish.

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