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by Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy
with Mark Shanahan (Field Director), Rob Stix (South Africa Program), Kenneth S. Zinn
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, about late July or August 1981
9 pages
Mailing including a cover letter, Legislative Update #5 “Clark Amendment Compromised,” Legislative Update #8 “Clark Amendment”, and the newsletter COALITION CLOSE-UP. The letter introduces a Campaign Against U.S. Intervention to key grassroots organizations on foreign policy on Central America and Southern Africa. Legislative Update #5 reports that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-2 to repeal the Clark Amendment and to set conditions for sending military aid to any group in Angola; the vote came one day after the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 19-5 to retain the Clark Amendment. The Clark Amendment prohibits direct or indirect covert military assistance to any party in Angola without Congressional authorization. It was passed in 1976 after revelations of massive CIA paramilitary involvement in the Angolan civil war. Legislative Update #8 says U.S. military intervention in Southern Africa is being considered a serious possibility by the Reagan Administration; President Reagan’s request for repeal of the Clark Amendment, in the FY 82 Foreign Aid Authorizations Bill, will be considered by the full House and Senate this summer. The documents mention Senators Nancy Kassebaum, Paul Tsongas, Paul Simon, the Percy-Tsongas compromise, the Africa Subcommittee, Paulo Jorge, U.S. support for Jonas Savimbi, U.S. based corporations such as Gulf, Texaco, Chase Manhattan, and General Tire, the State Department, Representatives of African governments at the United Nations, President Shehu Shagari of Nigeria, the Frontline States, U.S.-Soviet competition for access to raw materials, Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Assistant Secretary of State-designate for Africa Chester Crocker, P.W. Botha’s visit to the U.S., defense attache sections of U.S. and South African embassies, navy ships, South African ports, South African Coast Guard, enrich raw uranium supplied by South Africa, France, fuel rods, nuclear power plants, the Department of Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 3519), MX missile, the African National Congress (ANC), Constand Viljoen, the South African military, South African commandos invaded Mozambique, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Lannon Walker, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the Soviet Union, the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA), Zaire, the National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), United Nations Security Council Resolution 435, the Western Contact Group, the Southwest African People's Organization (SWAPO), a ceasefire proposal, the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), and Cuban troops. [Note: this PDF does not include all items mentioned in the cover letter; only the cover page and material on southern Africa from the newsletter COALITION CLOSE-UP were digitized.]
Used by permission of former staff of the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy.
Collection: Stephen B. Crofts Wiley papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections