Fresh from West Africa’s latest coup, the small nation of Guinea is worryingly teetering towards failed state-status. News from the capital, Conakry, is bad — due mostly to Guinea and neighboring nations becoming transit points for powerful South American drug cartels looking to ship narcotics via Africa to Europe. While rumors of high-level collusion between government officials and the well-funded narcos had been spoken of for years, the son of Guinea’s former leader confessed on TV that drug trafficking had indeed reached the Presidential Palace. The recent revelations by Ousmane Conte confirm the precariousness of desperately poor nations such as Guinea — which watch-dog agencies such as InterPol suggest may soon be both funded and ruled by cartel-backed politicians.



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