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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. Political Police Control Power and Justice in Angola
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 6 August 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org/index.php?
Key Words: Angola, autocrats, police, injustice, violence, scapegoat,

Summary & Comment: "Reading descriptions of the events of 29 July past – police jumping over walls to break down doors and arrest people without warrants, secret service giving orders to police, secret service commanders setting up prisons, large-scale police operations directed by secret service – it looks like the Angolan `tough guys’ (like Russian KGB agents) . . . [expand]
2. The Real Danger: Letter to President José Eduardo dos Santos
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 20 July 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Media Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org
Key Words: José Eduardo dos Santos, Angola,

Summary & Comment: After a six-month sentence suspended for two years earlier this year the Angolan investigative journalist was left with a threat left hanging over all his activism and because within two years he can go to prison any time. It remains to be seen with this provocative open letter to the president of the country what will be the consequences. MM
3. Longer, analytical article. Sharks or Crocodiles - How to Get Rid of an Activist in Angola
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 10 July 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola via AllAfrica
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://allafrica.com/
Key Words: Angola, repression, activists, torture

Summary & Comment: Extended analysis of current government panicky repressions over trivial or even imaginary protests (if any). JK
4. Longer, analytical article. President José Eduardo dos Santos’ Regime is Afraid of Books
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 8 July 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Youth & Children Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org/
Key Words: Angola, 15 youth, protesters, torture,

Summary & Comment: 15 younger men held for months in Angolan prison, tortured, accused of plotting a coup to justify cruel ongoing treatment. Please read through to the end for excellent photos and bio of each of them. Jim
5. Longer, analytical article. Putin-Style Presidential Decree Ends NGO Independence in Angola
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 2 July 2015
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org
Key Words: Angola, Dos Santos, NGO’s, registration, control

Summary & Comment: " Why is the president of the republic and his government so fearful of it’s people and their supporters? Can it be that he recognizes the illegitimacy of his government? With the level of security spending by the Angolan state, Iit would think that a legitimate leader and government would feel confident in the security of their state." Carolyn Pea . . . [expand]
6. 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]
7. 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]



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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