The Commonwealth: A Question of Black Power

Seventeen of the 23 nations in the Commonwealth are predominantly black, brown or yellow. Thus, on the basis of membership alone, the Commonwealth might be expected to deal harshly with the rebel regime of Ian Smith in Rhodesia, where 220,000 whites now rule 4,000,000 black Africans. But British Prime Minister Har old Wilson has ruled out the use of force against Rhodesia, insisting that economic sanctions will compel Smith to back down. So this week, as the 16th Commonwealth conference begins in London, Wilson faces a crisis over Rhodesia that threatens to tear apart the British-reared family of nations.

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