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Persona Non Grata #1: Dictators

by Adrian Jonathan
Persona Non Grata #1: Dictators by Adrian Jonathan

Rumour has it that every third-world a leader coined the same phrase the morning after independence. “Now the real problems start.” Cabral never got a chance to say it: he was assassinated first. But the problems started, and went on, and are still going on. Rather unexciting problems for revolutionary romanticism: to work, to produce, to distribute, to overcome postwar exhaustion, temptations of power and privilege. Ah well… after all, history only tastes bitter to those who expected it to be sugar coated.

(from “Sans Soleil” by Chris Marker)