Biannual Journal of the Unisa Center for Latin American studies
UNISA CENTRE FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
VOLUME 13 NO 2 1997
NEWS AND INFORMATION
UCLAS NEWS IN BRIEF
Since the visit of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso at the end of 1996, Brazil and South Africa have consolidated their relations as the two leading powers of their respective regions. Part of this process has been the development of academic interest. This is reflected in this issue of Unisa Latin American Report, in which some pertinent aspects of the Brazilian experience are highlighted.
With South Africa focused on the hearings of the Truth Commission, investigating the crimes and follies of the country's recent history, the first research article points to the Brazilian approach to amnesty after the end of the dictatorship, and compares it with the South African approach.
The tenuous path of democracy in unequal developing societies is juxtaposed against the need to have a firmly established and sovereign legal structure. In the second article this issue is debated with reference to Brazil and South Africa.
The two countries' foreign policies are analysed and compared in the third research article in the light of co-operation in the South Atlantic, for mutual benefit.
This year is the centenary of the Canudos Massacre and the fourth research article focuses on the reinterpreting of history and the relevance of the event for our time.
Other articles and features in this issue deal with the use of space technology to promote development in poor areas, with the Cuban education experience, and other relevant issues, such as population news and environmental matters.
We hope you find this edition both informative and stimulating.