Washington Notes on Africa
(Vol. I, No. 11)
by American Committee on Africa
with Gary Gappert (Editor)
Washington, DC, United States
An article reports on the U.S. National Security Council review of southern Africa policy, consideration of assigning ambassadors to Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland, and the State Department looking for an Afro-American to serve as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of State for Africa David Newsom. Representatives Charles Diggs (D-MI) and Ogden Reid (R-NY) of the House Subcommittee on Africa have been informed that South Africa will grant visas to them only if they promise not to make speeches or statements, while they will give unconditional visas to two other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. All of them cancelled plans to visit South Africa. Reid met with government and liberation movement leaders in Central and East Africa and sent a recorded speech to a meeting of NUSAS in Cape Town that was played from an empty chair. The newsletter quotes extensively from Paul Connett, president of the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive. It also reports on a split within the Friends of Rhodesia. Brief notes are included about Libya, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Ghana, and Eritrea. Contents: 1. U.S. Policy Developments in Africa • 2. Travelling to Southern Africa • 3. Ogden Reid and His Speech of Affirmation • 4. Nigeria – Biafra • 5. The Demise (?) of Africa Report • Biafra • 6. AID-Africa and Black America, Part II • 7. Friends of Rhodesia Become Unfriendly • 8. Other Notes
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root