"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


thou shalt not kill

There will be a runoff in Congo. On October 29. Thank goodness. If Kabila had won outright in this round, there would have been serious violence.

In the "uh-oh" category, Angolan troops are on the border. By "troops," they apparently mean 4 battalions. That's 3,000 - 4,000 soldiers. That's invasion-strength force. They say they won't go in. They've gone in to support the Kabila regime before.

And the second-place finisher's private guard got into a firefight in front of the main post office with police on Sunday. Three people are dead, including a Japanese citizen.

It's strange to think of people being shot in a place I've been.


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