TransAfrica News

(Vol. 4, No. 1)
by TransAfrica
Washington, DC, United States
Fall 1985
8 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Somalia
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Haiti, United Nations
Language: English
Contents:  LINKS OF FREEDOM Guest Commentary by William Lucy • U.S. AID TO UNITA AND THE MNR • MANDELA'S CONTINUING HEROISM • U.S., SOUTH AFRICA CONTRAVENE U.N. DECREE 1 • REAGAN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER SANCTIONS • BAN ON KRUGGERRAND IMPORTS • U.S./SOUTH AFRICA CORPORATE AND FINANCIAL LINKS • U.S. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS TO SOUTH AFRICAN SECURITY FORCES • HAITI'S PUBLIC RELATIONS REFERENDUM • SOMALIA REPORTED TO BE IN SOUTH AFRICA DEAL • DIRECT PROTESTS IN THE EIGHTIES AND BLACK POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT by Dr. Mary Frances Berry, U.S. Civil Rights Commission • FSAM CONTACTS • WATCH FOR "DIGGERS" • Congress’ repeal of the Clark Amendment in June may have opened the floodgates for financial assistance to two resistance movement attempting to overthrow the governments in Mozambique and Angola - the Mozambican National Liberation Front (MNR) and the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). People are asked to contact their Representatives to express opposition to S 1665 and HR 3472, which would give financial aid to MNR and UNITA. United Nations Decree 1 prohibits foreign exploitation of Namibia's mineral wealth until South Africa ends its illegal occupation there. Half of imported uranium used by U.S. utilities is bought from South Africa, much of which is illegally mining at Rossing, Namibia. Congresswoman Pat Schroeder has introduced HR 2567, which will prohibit exploitation of Namibian natural resources by U.S. corporations in violation of UN Decree 1. The U.S. first committed itself to the UN arms embargo against South Africa in 1963. In 1974 and 1975, the U.S. vetoed more stringent, compulsory measures in the Security Council. In 1977, the Carter administration supported Security Council Resolution 418, which extended the embargo to equipment and technology which, though having possible civilian uses, could be used by the South African military and police. This extended embargo was rejected by the Reagan administration. It has been reported that Somali head of state Siad Barre and South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha have negotiated a deal whereby South Africa would deliver a quantity of arms and military equipment to the Somali government in exchange for landing rights to South Africa Airways at Mogadishu. Ahmed Gare, First Secretary for information at the Somali embassy in Washington, denies the allegations. The newsletter advertises a march to the South African Embassy on November 27 commemorating the first year of the Free South Africa Movement (FSAM). The newsletter mentions Ronald Reagan, "constructive engagement," the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), apartheid, strategic minerals, U.S. Steel Corporation, the late Amilcar Cabral, Congressman Claude Pepper, Senator Malcolm Wallup, Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress (ANC), Soweto, Zinzi Mandela, HR 1460, S 995, Senator Jesse Helms, divestment, the Sullivan Principles, foreign tax credits, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Armscor, the South African Air Force, the South African Energy Board, the Pelindaba nuclear enrichment plant, nuclear weapons, and Lockheed L-100 cargo planes.
Used by permission of TransAfrica.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root