MALAGASY REPUBLIC: Revolt at World's End

What happens when student mobs riot for university reform? These days, the cops are usually called in, heads are broken, and the riot leaders are jailed. There was a somewhat different ending last week to a student uprising in the Malagasy Republic—the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar and its dependencies. The youthful rebels not only got the promise of reform, but also brought down the government.

Crisis has been brewing for a long time on Madagascar, a never-never land that is known to its citizens as "the island at the end of the world." Wages were low, prices were rising,...

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