Foreign News: AFRICA: Red Weeds Grow in New Soil

In Moscow last week grinning Ghanaian diplomats gleefully celebrated the signing of a $45 million contract for Soviet development of their nation's mineral and industrial resources. In the Hotel de France in Guinea's steaming capital of Conakry, the lingua franca of the lobby has shifted from French to Russian. At Leopoldville and Stanleyville in tne Congo, Soviet Ilyushin transports buzz familiarly in and out, debouching badly needed food -plus intelligence officers, tactical advisers for premier Patrice Lumumba's army and, according to Western intelligence reports, arms and ammunition.

FIVE years ago, Russians and Eastern...

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