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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Angola category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Angola articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

Angola features news of economic, political, military and humanitarian situations; actions of civil society; opinions of Angolans; and news of the international advocacy/solidarity network.

Note: There are three special features at the bottom of this page: (1) a description of Update Angola (1994-2005) and how to find back issues; (2) links to four excellent photo collections on Angola; (3) a map of Angola, showing provincial boundaries and major ethnic groups.

1. Longer, analytical article. Angola: Suspended Jail Sentence Bolsters Angolan Journalist’s Determination to Carry On
Author: Michel Arseneault Date Written: 29 May 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: allafrica.com
Secondary Category: Media Source URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/
Key Words: Angola, Rafael Marques, 6 month, suspended 2 years,

Summary & Comment: A court in Angola has sentenced an award-winning Angolan journalist to a six-month suspended prison term. Rafael Marques was found guilty of "malicious denunciation" after writing a book about rights violations in the country’s diamond industry. The sentence has been suspended for two years, meaning that he may have to go to jail if he en . . . [expand]
2. Longer, analytical article. Angola’s Sovereign Fund Pays US $100 Million to a Shell Company
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 12 April 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org/
Key Words: Angola, sovereign funds, defrauding?

Summary & Comment: Another of Marques’ exposures of the heart of the financial misappropriation by Dos Santos, his family, and his ruling elite. His son is in charge of this Sovereign wealth fund which was supposedly designed to preserve some of the massive petrol profits for the future benefit of the people of Angola. How does Marques manage to do this and remain ou . . . [expand]
3. Angola: `This week I may be jailed for writing a book on human rights abuses’
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 23 March 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: The guardian
Secondary Category: Media Source URL: http://www.theguardian.com
Key Words: Angola, generals, Marques, deaths, abuse,, miners

Summary & Comment: Marques wrote this book in 2011 after very extensive research , interviews of miners, and careful documentation. He accused some specific generals among others for abuse of miners in Lunda Nord province. They sued him in Portugal for slander; it was dismissed; it was brought again in Angola, defeated but appealed now. It is a test of the courts mo . . . [expand]
4. Longer, analytical article. The 2013 Budget Trickery and the Looting in the TB Sanatorium
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 16 March 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://makaangola.org/
Key Words: Angola, Dos Santos family, looting, pilfering, squandering

Summary & Comment: Marques carries on his tireless and dangerous exposure of the theft of of billions of dollars by the Angolan elite, led by the Dos Santos family. "As the current economic crisis in Angola has deepened, citizens are finally beginning to ask how tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues have been spent. In its report on the 2013 state budget s . . . [expand]
5. Longer, analytical article. Angola: U.S. Security Exchange Commission (SCE) submission
Author: Elias Isaac Date Written: 4 March 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Open Society Initiative for Southern Initiative-Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.osisa.org/
Key Words: Angola, OSISA, Isaac, Securities commision, Dodd-Franck

Summary & Comment: Acting under the US legislation called `Dodd-Franck’, OSISA is responding to the US Security Commission request for information that will help it to determine if the reported payments of the Oil Companies to the Angolan companies, match the monies received and spent reported by the Angolan government , and get some idea of how those vast funds are . . . [expand]
6. Angola Monitor 1/15
Author: ACTSA Date Written: 25 February 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: ACTSA
Secondary Category: Human Rights Source URL: http://www.actsa.org/newsroom/2015/02/angola-monit
Key Words: Angola, MPLA Congress; elections 2016.

Summary & Comment: Economic News: Public Sector Recruitment freeze, Angola perceived as most corrupt country in Southern Africa, Banco Espirito Santo Angola recapitalised; Human Rights News: Clampdown on Protests, Migrants arrested, British security guards acquitted over death of Angolan detainee
7. Longer, analytical article. Angola: Crashing Oil Prices, Propaganda and the Angolan Recipe for Disaster
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 28 January 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Resource Extraction Source URL: http://makaangola.org
Key Words: Angola, Crash, oil prices; disaster. propaganda

Summary & Comment: Angola is wealthy, but it is not the government or the people who hold the wealth but the elite, starting with the Dos Santos family. Even the elite are beginning to question whether dos Santoa is their saviour after 35 years in power; there is fear that when they go for payoffs and illicit profits, he may not be able or willing to deliver the mon . . . [expand]

Update Angola

Update Angola was a monthly review and analysis of political, economic, social and humanitarian developments in Angola. It was published several times per year between 1994 and 2000, and all issues are available in the Africa Archive by entering Update Angola in the search engine . It was superseded by the growing electronic coverage in this Angola section.

Photo Collections

Luanda Flooding: Unusual and torrential rains in Luanda in January of 2007 caused floods which  carried away soil, houses, and the uncollected garbage of many barrios.

Luanda Demolitions: The crimes of the Angolan Government against the people of Cambamba I and II in Luanda, where police destroyed many homes.

Stories for Trees: Photographs and captions by Margrit Coppé, who worked in Angola for the Canadian NGO 'Development Workshop' from February 2000 to July 2002.

Aftermath of War: Angola in Pictures: Photographs by Paul Geoffrey, courtesy of Action by Churches Together (ACT).

Map of Angola

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