The two countries were the US and the UK, when they cast votes against four resolutions condemning and calling for action against the apartheid regime. The US voted against all four resolutions, and the UK, under Margaret Thatcher, voted against two.
Resolution 36/172C, which condemned aggression by South Africa against Angola and other African states, was passed 136-1.
Resolution 36/172H, to organise an international conference of trade unions on sanctions against South Africa, was passed 129-2.
Resolution 36/172L, to encourage various international actions against South Africa, was passed 126-2.
Resoution 36/172N, in support of sanctions and other measures against South Africa, was passed 139-1.
‘The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation . . . Anyone who thinks it is going to run the government in South Africa is living in cloud-cuckoo land’ – Margaret Thatcher
Even worse than failing to win office would be winning it while unprepared for the realities of government. Christine Berry considers what Labour needs to do to avoid the fate of Syriza in Greece
The Conservative Party is in a process of ideological decline or even disintegration, argue James Butler and Richard Seymour.
Landry Ninteretse and Ian Rivera share perspectives from Kenya and the Philippines and call for universal energy systems that are clean and renewable, public and decentralised
Red Pepper’s picks of The World Transformed festival, in Brighton from 21-24 September
Winning elections is not enough. To transform society we need to involve the people in policy making, argue Kerem Dikerdem and Annie Quick
Chloe Tomlinson lays out the battle lines for a more egalitarian, democratic and holistic education system. Essential reading ahead of The World Transformed education sessions
As a US-friendly no-deal Brexit inches closer, Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United explains why US nurses have joined the fight against NHS privatisation. Recommended reading ahead of The World Transformed health sessions