SAIIA Newsletter vol. 5, no. 2, 1973
This newsletter contains five articles and three brief reports: Alexandre Aramoun’s article concerns Lebanon’s position in the Middle East, looking at Lebanon’s current politics as well as its history since 1516 to the present, considering the problem of the Palestinian Arabs, and the role Lebanon may play. David D. Newsom’s article concerns the relationship of the United States to Africa. US policies toward Africa rest on historic and ethnic interest in Africa, interest in the humanity of Africa, as well as diplomatic and economic interests. Concerning the complex issues of Southern Africa, the US cannot bring about change, but also cannot accept the situation. If they are to contribute, it is not through isolation but through communication. The next article also concerns the United States and Southern Africa, and contains the text of the report of the Secretary of State, the President’s Report to Congress, and a statement on US business involvement in South Africa. The following article concerns the parliamentary debate on foreign affairs in 1973. Speakers devoted time to domestic policies although this was linked to the question of overcoming external pressures, as well as to statements on developments in the world and in Africa, and to the question of the appointment of suitably qualified diplomats. The last article is an interview with Aristone Chambati, describing a black Rhodesian’s viewpoint. He answered questions related to the African National Council as a political organization, its efforts to allay the fears of white Rhodesians, possible negotiations, the reaction of Black Rhodesians to the ANC, press coverage of the movement, and how guerilla activity affect the ANC. The brief reports concern the United Kingdom and South Africa, the Government statement on Swaziland’s constitution, Lesotho’s foreign policy, and the Minister of Gazankulu’s visit to the United States.