Guinea: A Reason to Worry

Stepping regally from his Citroen, Guinea's President Sékou Touré marched to the podium through a squad of women police in white breeches and gleaming boots. A din of drums and balaphon music filled the square, while gales of girls in green, red and yellow hand-printed dresses waited eagerly for the word. Sékou's speech was "to women in prisons all over the country," whose sentences, he announced, would herewith be reduced by a year — except for those held for criminal offenses.

That meant there were plenty of female (not to mention male) political...

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