ZAMBIA: The Second Republic

When Zambia gained independence from Britain eight years ago, it was said that the country had two specific advantages over its neighbors: its copper mines, the richest in all Africa, and its idealistic young leader, Kenneth Kaunda. Zambia still has those assets, but both have been looking a bit tarnished lately. The price of copper has dropped from $1,400 to $1,070 per ton in the past three years, costing the country some $200 million a year in revenues. And Kaunda, now 48, under increasing political pressure at home, has decided to take the...