World: World's Biggest Empire

For most of the U.N.'s 103 member nations, opposition to colonialism is like being against sin—and generates almost as many proposals for reform. In a General Assembly debate on the "liquidation" of the West's remaining colonies, more than 50 nations in four weeks argued over resolutions that ranged from Russia's strident demand that 1962 be the year for total elimination of colonialism to a Nigerian proposal to set a nine-year deadline for Africa-wide independence.

The resolution that was finally adopted last week largely reflected the moderation and good sense of onetime colonies in Africa and Asia. Over repeated Communist-bloc attempts to mine...

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