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GUINEA-BISSAU- End of a Revolutionary

GUINEA-BISSAU End of a Revolutionary Africanist THE assassination of Amicar Cabral, leader of the Partido Africano da Inde- pendencia da Guinee e Cabo Verde (PAIGC), may have been masterminded by Portuguese. But to understand the background to this assassination several factors have to be taken into account, including the contradictions within Sekou Toure's Guinea PAIGC and within the PAIGC itself. It was from Conakry in Guinea that Cabral launched the PAIGC and the struggle in Portuguese- occupied Guinea-Bissau with valuable support from Sekou Toure's government. It is well known that Toure was a close confidant of Cabral. Kwami Nkrumah also played an intimate role in the relationship between the PAIGC and Guinea. Thus, the Portuguese and other Western powers, like France, recognised that Guinea under Toure was the centre of resistance to Western domination of West Africa. The Portuguese and other powers had every reason to believe that if the moral and material support that the PAIGC was receiving from Guinea were stopped, the PAIGCs position in Guinea-Bissau would be considerably weakened. Towards this end the Portuguese instigated an in- surrection-cum-invasion of Guinea in 1971 which was easily crushed by Toure's forces.

SOUTH AFRICA-Suppressing the African Worker

March 3, 1973 as an indication of the final slamming of doors. For those Asians with money abroad, there is still the possibility of following it with impunity. For the rest, the. quest for a country must begin elsewhere. At a meeting in London to commemorate the martyrdom of Amil- car Cabral, the revolutionary organisation, FRELIMO, made a bold, significant symbolic and real gesture: it was represented on the platform by an African of Asian origin.

RHODESIA-Total Dependence on Monopolies

RHODESIA Total Dependence on Monopolies Africanist "I WAS in the East End of London (a working class quarter) yesterday and attended a meeting of the unemployed. I listened to the wild speeches, which were just a cry for 'bread! bread!' and on my way home I pondered over the scene and I became more than ever convinced of the importance of imperialism... My cherished solution for the social problem, that, in order to save 40 million inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, we colonial statesmen must acquire new lands to settle the surplus population, to provide new markets for the goods produced in the factory and the mines. The Empire, as I have always said, is a bread and butter question. If you want to avoid civil war, you must become imperialists." Thus did Cecil Rhodes (Lenin described Rhodes as a social chauvinist) set about to colonise the territories which came to be called Rhodesia, after his name.

GHANA-Holding Whose Fort

April 1, 1972 votes to the CDU implying some setback but less disastrous than if the FDP loses about the same percentage of votes. That would mean the 5 per cent barrier for the FDP, its end in the state, and possible repercussions on the attitude of the FDP members in the federal parliament. After all, the leader of the FDP is the Foreign Minister, and the state election is clearly on the issue of the Ostpolitlk. All the party leaders have understandably been campaigning in Baden-Wurttemberg, But the Social Democrats in this state have the onerous task of winning from their coalition partners in the state and simultaneously of preventing their federal partners from losing. The Ostcertrage would be in jeopardy if the SPD fails to achieve either of these twin imponderables in the state.

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