(VOL 1. NO. 2)
by Material Aid Campaign for ZANU
New York, New York, United States
Undated, mid to late December 1982?
10 pages
Contents: U.S. INCREASES SUPPORT FOR SOUTH AFRICA • CHAIRMAN POKELA OF THE PAC AT THE UN • NEW AZANIAN & WHITE ANTI-IMPERIALISTS-TARGETS THE STATE ATTACKS • MNR-IMPERIALISM ATTEMPTS TO DESTABILIZE MOZAMBIQUE • HISTORY: REVOLUTION IN AFRICA THE CONGO • ANTI-SPRINGBOK APPEAL DENIED • RUN FOR THE CONGO-UPDATE • UN SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS SOUTH AFRICA'S TERRORISM • The newsletter says on November 3, 1982, the Special Committee of the International Monetary Fund met in Washington, D.C. and approved a 1.07 billion dollar loan to South Africa; the loan was pushed through by the U.S. even after the world community at the U.N. voted overwhelmingly to oppose the loan; the U.S., England and West Germany were the only, member states of the U.N. to vote in favor of the loan; the I.M.F. has proportional voting based on the amount of money contributed; therefore, even though all the African countries voted against the loan, the U.S. and the other imperialist countries control the I.M.F. and set its policies based on their own economic, military and political interests; the I.M.F. is clearly used to maintain and deepen imperialist control over the Third World. The newsletter says South Africa is involved in a heightened state of war in a period of economic decline; the war in Namibia, attacks on neighboring independent African states, covert operations such as the attempted coup in the Seychelles and increasing repression at home against the African majority are all reactions to the strengthening of the front line states especially with the liberation of Zimbabwe as a vanguard against the South African regime; this, heightening strength, the escalation of the mass struggle inside Azania, the building of the armed struggle and the economic sanctions imposed on South Africa by the U.N. for South Africa's illegal occupation of Namibia, have all put great strain on the South African economy and its ability to wage war; South Africa spends one million dollars per day to carry out its war in Namibia, so this loan will pay for the illegal occupation of Namibia and all South Africa's security needs at home and abroad. The newsletter says militarily, South Africa is vital to the needs of imperialism. It maintains direct control of the southern part of Africa. It is also a place for the U.S. airforce and navy to use as bases to control the Indian and Atlantic Oceans; just recently, the export of 6 U.S. planes to be used by the South African airforce as air ambulances was approved; South Africa is an area of intelligence gathering for the U.S. particularly via satellite and it is the force that maintains the instability of Southern Africa and the continued exploitation of the rich land, labor and resources in the area. The newsletter says U.S. financial investments have doubled in the past 10 years from 1.1 billion dollars to 2.63 billion dollars; in 1972-73 Citibank was involved in 27 loans to South Africa totaling 1.6 billion dollars. The newsletter says U.S. auto and oil companies are operating numerous facilities, justifying their presence there by using the Sullivan Principle that mandates a token number of Africans be employed in U.S. companies in South Africa. The newsletter says economists put forward that the economic crisis in South Africa is because of the sharp drop in gold since 1980; South Africa has been in crisis ever since 1976, and the wave of sustained uprisings that followed the mass eruption in Soweto; these uprisings and the student boycotts of 1976, came out of a long history of struggle in Azania against the regime; the uprisings sparked by Soweto precipitated the present economic and political crisis. The newsletter says Chairman Pokela, while in City, was the guest of honor at a reception Nov. 6th in the Harlem State Office Building, where he was enthusiastically received by supporters and members of the Harlem community; Chairman Pokela also participated in a program in his honor sponsored by the National Black United Front held on Nov. 12th at Medger Evers College in Brooklyn NY. The newsletter says there will be a series of demonstrations internationally on January 17, 1983 to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and in solidarity with the FLNC and the Congolese struggle; they will be held in Africa, Belgium, France, West Germany, Switzerland, New York City, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Austin, and Houston. The newsletter says as this paper goes to press the United Nations Security Council condemned South Africa's invasion into Lesotho on December 8, 1982; South Africa attacked by air, ANC (African National Congress) members and refugees residing there, killing 42 people. The newsletter discusses visits to South Africa by American entertainers, the cultural boycott, strategic minerals, nuclear technology, profits, the super-exploitation of African labor, Chase Manhattan, the First National Bank of Boston, the Republic National Bank, nuclear export co-ordination, the State Department, the Defense Department, the Commerce Department, the Energy Department, a large hot isostatic press, Chairman Nyati Pokela, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid, human rights, the Azanian liberation struggle, sanctions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aggression against Namibia and Angola, violence, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Sekou Odinga, Nehanda Abio- dun, Biiai Sunni-Ali, Chui Ferguson, Jamal, Iliana Robinson, Nilse Cobeo, Susan the Rosenberg, Silvia Baraldini, Dr. Alan Berkman, the Black Panther Party, the  May 19th Communist Organization, the New Afrikan Independence Movement, ZANU-PF, Robert Mugabe, the CIA, Silvia Baraldini, the banning of the PAC, SADCC (Southern African Development Coordination Conference), the Mozambican National Resistance (MNR), UNITA, Samora Machel, Rhodesian secret services, FPLM (People's Forces of Liberation of Mozambique), destabilization, the anti-colonial struggle, the assignation of Pierre Mulele, the National Committee of Liberation (CNL), the Congolese National Liberation Front (FLNC), Che Guevara, Tim Blunk, Mary Patten, Eva Rosahn, and legal defense. This newsletter was digitized by The Freedom Archives that provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.
Collection: The Freedom Archives