In 1958, Guinea was the only French colony to opt for immediate independence. Its first President rebuffed Charles de Gaulle to his face, declaring that ‘we prefer poverty in freedom to riches in slavery’.
The imagination thrills at the moment, most of all when picturing de Gaulle’s
April’s round table for the London Conflict / Fragility group focused on dissidence. At some point, everyone’s been stuck working on an intervention that made no sense, or implementing a policy they didn’t agree with.
A senior UN official caused minor waves in March with a New York Times op-ed entitled “I love the UN, but it is failing”. Among other zingers, he labelled the world organisation a “Remington typewriter in a smartphone world”, and captioned the piece with an image