- Leaked results strongly suggest that the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s election was stolen. But not in the way you would expect. In this issue, a historical briefing on the factors that led here.
- Jason Stearns of NYU joined The Masthead for an installment of The Present Past, our series that draws on the history found in our archives. He revisited Bill Berkeley’s “Zaire: An African Horror Story,” from 1993.
- Listen to an interview with Stearns that accompanies this article. The audio is available on SoundCloud and in your members-only podcast feed. Here’s how to access it via your podcast player of choice.
Power in the modern world often flows to those who see where the world’s resources are flowing, yet have the sleight of hand to redirect them without the world seeing. So it was when democratic leaders in the United States and elsewhere applauded last week’s peaceful transfer of power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from an autocratic president to an opposition leader. But things aren’t as they seem, as today’s story will attest. The lesson: Having power in today’s world doesn’t necessarily require maintaining absolute control, though that doesn’t hurt.
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