Development by Assassination in Guinea-Bissau

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Reporting from Guinea-Bissau in Tuesday’s NY Times, Lydia Polgreen cites an anonymous diplomat to the effect that as far as the locals are concerned, the tit-for-tat killings of the president and the head of the Army last week may “be the best shot at stability that Guinea-Bissau has had in a long time.” That is an astounding assertion. How bad must a country be for the killing of its two most powerful figures to be a cause for optimism? But Guinea-Bissau is no ordinary place. Ranked fifth from the bottom in terms of poverty and with no natural resources to […]


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