Congo Republic: The Hammer and the Hoe

CONGO REPUBLIC The Hammer and the Hoe Not even Guinea, for all its flirtations with Moscow and Peking, had gone so far. In Brazzaville last week, the new banner of the Congo Republic was fluttering atop flagpoles, boasting a crossed hammer and hoe (the sickle, it seems, is not used in equatorial Africa) surmounted by the traditional gold star. The country was rechristened the People's Republic of the Congo—not to be confused with the former Belgian Congo, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. National assembly functions were taken over by a central committee...