Keep an Eye on Kinshasa

December 19 is the key date to watch in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That’s the day that the president officially loses legal power, but has already declared he won’t be leaving in December, and if he has his way, ever. Tensions have been rising for months, and belated Western efforts seem doomed to fail. This very well could lead to war in Africa’s largest countries, home to many of the world’s most important resource deposits.

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