The Commonwealth: Exit Sighing

As the twelve leaders of the British Commonwealth gathered last week in London from all parts of the world, only one question obsessed editorialists and statesmen: Would they, or would they not, expel South Africa? Canada's John Diefenbaker asked for a Commonwealth declaration on the rights of man. regardless of race. .Ghana's messianic Kwame Nkrumah wanted the issue of apartheid threshed out, said: "If no one else raises the question. I think I shall have to." Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, the icy-eyed Prime Minister of South Africa, insisted to newsmen that apartheid (literally,...

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