Belgium: Nowhere but Up

Belgians agreed that the time had come for a change—almost any change. The empire was gone, the nation still bitterly divided by the fratricidal year-end strike set off by the austerity measures designed to make up for the $215 million a year that Belgium had been accustomed to extracting from the Congo. The new year saw the freakish collapse of a slag heap near Liege, burying six homes and eleven persons. It also brought the worst air disaster in Belgian history, a Sabena jet crash that killed 73. In anger over the Congo,...

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