ENTERING 1975 WITH THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE IN AFRICA
by Ken Lawrence, Freedom Information Service
Tougaloo, Mississippi, United States
February 4, 1975
Freedom Information Service
The report says the fall of Portuguese colonial rule in Africa marks the beginning of the last stage of the struggle to liberate all Africa from European political domination. The previous stage, which began with the successful Gold Coast revolution that freed Ghana in 1957, has now ended in victory. The report says that, though neo-colonialism remains a serious danger, the struggle against this form of imperialist penetration will sharpen as the struggle to free Zimbabwe, Azania, and Namibia reaches its conclusion. The report discusses Henry Kissinger, the CIA, Richard Nixon and the "Tar Baby" option. The report says when the U.S. officially closed its Rhodesian consulate in 1970, it kept open an unofficial liaison office with Rhodesia in Washington. The report discusses the passage of the Byrd Amendment exempting minerals from the ban on Rhodesian trade and says the Treasury Department licensed Air Rhodesia to step up business in New York. Also, the Treasury and Commerce Departments licensed Hertz, Avis, and Holiday Inn to establish franchises in Rhodesia. The report says the first chrome shipment arrived at Burnside, Louisiana. The report says importation of chrome sparked a mass movement of opposition in the United States, primarily composed of black workers and students, to prevent Rhodesian cargoes from being unloaded and to demand repeal of the Byrd Amendment. The report says in 1970 the Nixon administration began to allow the U.S. aviation industry to sell aircraft to South Africa in violation of the United Nations resolutions against arms sales to South Africa by calling the planes "non-military" and that communications equipment has also been supplied under a similar ruse. The report discusses ZANU, ZAPU, Frolizi, and the African National Council.
Used by permission of Ken Lawrence, a former member of the Freedom Information Service.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root