Talk:Azanian People's Liberation Army

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The name[edit]

This article should include details on the name of the group, why Azanian? I would assume it is a reference to Black Mischief if so details should be included, both in this article and that. Threadnecromancer (talk) 19:51, 22 September 2013 (UTC)Threadnecromancer

No, it was a proposal to change the name of South Africa to Azania, which was promoted by PAC on similar lines as changing Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. --Soman (talk) 20:32, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
  • According to Christopher Hitchens the ANC sent Waugh a letter asking his opinion on the topic of adopting the name Azania, is that true?
    • I partially retract my former statement. It seems that this is in fact a theory behind the adoption of the name "Azania" by PAC. see "The ANC rejects the term "Azania", derived from an Arabic term of abuse for the peoples of east/southern Africa. The PAC, which favours the name, apparently wrote a polite letter to a bemused Evelyn Waugh, the author of Black Mischief, for enlightenment, as he called his imaginary country "Azania" in the book." (http://books.google.com/books?ei=DdNEUsqnH4-K9ASR04CICw&hl=en&id=xV1zAAAAMAAJ). However, this seems more authorative, indicating that Waugh did not invent the name. --Soman (talk) 00:45, 27 September 2013 (UTC)