Contents: ZIMBABWE PEACE TALKS REACH HALF-WAY: TOUGH TRANSITIONAL DISCUSSION STILL LIES AHEAD • THE CONTINUING SANCTIONS SAGA by Washington Office on Africa • TELEPHONE TREE ESTABLISHED • U.S. COAL-TO-OIL TECHNOLOGY TO GO TO SOUTH AFRICA by American Committee on Africa • REPORT OF RESEARCH COMMITTEE PANEL DISCUSSION ACAS GENERAL MEETING • THE NEED FOR A RESEARCH STRATEGY • UPDATE ON THE DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT by American Committee on Africa • ACCESS COMMITTED TO NON-RACIAL SPORT • REPORT OF COMMISSION ON INQUIRY INTO ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES IN DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION • The ACAS Board of Directors, meeting in September, decided that our primary political priority this fall needs to be on Zimbabwe - organizing to stop the Congress from prematurely lifting sanctions. The newsletter reports on the negotiations between the Patriotic Front and the British government over a constitution and transition. Had the Patriotic Front held out, Britain was prepared to reach a transitional agreement with the Muzorewa regime alone, leading to recognition and lifting sanctions. The Fluor Corporation of Los Angeles has a contract for $4.2 billion to provide coal-to-oil technology to the South African government's Coal, Oil and Gas Corporation (SASOL) and oversee construction of two coal-to-oil conversion plants. University and college holdings in corporations and banks that do business with South Africa has rapidly become a major issue on campuses across the country. Many student groups are calling for divestment of funds from corporations which support apartheid. The newsletter mentions The Africa Fund, Randall Robinson, TransAfrica, Carousel Films, Who Has a Right to Rhodesia, Massacre at Nyadzonia, ZANU, ZAPU, speakers, liberation movements, Ian Smith, Lord Carrington, General Walls, the Front Line States, Prime Minister Botha, Defense Department Authorization Bill, Foreign Aid Appropriations Bill, Rep. Bill Young, Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Senator Jacob Javits, Case-Javits amendment, the Carter Administration, African Subcommittee chairman Stephen Solarz, the Soweto rebellion, Senator Dick Clark, Corporate Data Exchange, Joel Samoff, Mario Nauwah, Ann Seidman, the Political Education and Action Committee, Chris Root, Nzongola-Ntalaja, Willard Johnson, Institute for Policy Studies, Transnational Corporate Investment in South Africa, the World Bank, IMF (International Monetary Fund), economic development, Erasmus Commission, John McGoff, Dr. Mulder, Les de Villers, the Washington Star, Olympic Movement, Olympic Games, Antioch College, Hampshire College, Michigan State University, University of Ohio, University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin, Amherst, Boston University, Brandeis, Columbia, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Smith College, Tufts, Vassar, and Yale.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers