Anti-Apartheid and the Emergence of a Global Civil Society by H. Thörn

By H. Thörn

Looking at anti-apartheid as a part of the heritage of current international politics, this booklet presents the 1st comparative research of other sections of the transnational anti-apartheid move. the writer emphasizes the significance of a old standpoint on political cultures, social pursuits, and international civil society.

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This meant that Helander's new mission became the one of a public speaker on the conditions of apartheid in the Swedish public arena. Through articles and lecturing tours around the country, he became a leading 'anti-apartheid' public profile in Sweden in the early 1960s, and was one of the founding members of the Swedish Defence and Aid Fund in 1959, and the Swedish South Africa Committee in Stockholm in 1961. 15 Helander continued his anti-apartheid involvement until 1994, both nationally and internationally.

In the book, FRELIMO, MPLA and Narratives of Transnational Anti-Apartheid Activism 39 PAIGC were referred to as the avant-garde organizations of the African struggle for liberation, praised for their 'successful struggle for liberation since the early 1960s'. ANC, on the other hand, was criticized both for their non-violent strategy in the 1950s and for being too close to the Soviet Union. 29 This was, according to Mngqikana, 'the beginning of my fights with them, sort of clashes'. These clashes were however not so much about ideology as about strategy, as is shown in the following example on how Mngqikana argued in relation to the issue of defining the struggle in public space: Someone would come up with some silly idea that if they are going to organize a demonstration, it must be on the basis of anti-imperialism.

3 Finally, the biography of E. S. Reddy is not an activist biography in a strict sense, as it is the story of a UN official. However, as approaching and making connections with interstate and state organizations was an important part of the activities of the transnational anti-apartheid movement, an important role was played by the figure of the activist public official. In the case of Reddy, his narrative also articulates a historical experience of strong transnational anti-colonial links between India and South Africa.

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