By Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow, ICwS A crescendo of criticism and moral outrage is building on the choice of Sri Lanka as the next venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, scheduled for Columbo in November 2013. From the vantage point of...
Allister Sparks (b.1933) is a South African writer and journalist who edited the influential
Rand Daily Mail during the 1970s, having previously worked for the paper as a columnist in the 1960s. He was also editor of the Sunday Express and acted as correspondent for the Washington Post, The Observer, and NRC Handelsblad. Sparks has written a number of books on South Africa’s transition from apartheid, including Tomorrow is Another Country (1996). He founded the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in South Africa in 1992. ZANU
Zimbabwe African National Union. A militant political organisation founded in 1963 to campaign against white minority rule in Rhodesia. It won power in 1980, and in 1987 merged with ZAPU to form ZANU-PF.
Sri Lankan Civil War
A civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and Tamil insurgents, fought intermittently from 1983 to 2009.
Rhodesian political party, formed in 1962, that opposed black majority rule. It was renamed the Republican front in 1981.
Robert Mugabe (b.1924). Zimbabwean resistance leader and politician. Served as Prime Minister (1980-1987) and President (1987-) of Zimbabwe.
Movement for Democratic Change. The leading Zimbabwean opposition party, founded in 1999.
A London mansion house, frequently used as the venue for decolonisation negotiations between the 1940s and 1970s. It was the site of the
Lancaster House Agreement in December 1979, for instance, which brought an end to white rule in Rhodesia. Commonwealth Secretariat
The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, responsible for promoting cooperation between members. Founded in 1965.
A system of legally enforced racial segregation implemented and upheld by the National Party in South Africa from 1948 – 1994