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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. Final act of Angola’s puppet master
Author: Louise Redvers Date Written: 13 June 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Mail and Guardian (and OSISA)
Secondary Category: Profiles Source URL: http://mg.co.za/
Key Words: Angola, Eduardo dos Santos, President, 35 years, control

Summary & Comment: Excellent profile by Louise Redvers for the Mail and Guardian (South Africa) http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-12-final-act-of-angolas-puppet-master Addendum by Felizardo Epalanga of OSISA. JK
2. Longer, analytical article. New Book Reveals Truth Behind Angola’s Forgotten Massacre
Author: Richard Dowden Date Written: 6 June 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: All Africa
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/201406100073.html?vie
Key Words: Angola, MPLA, Alves, Neto; coup, massacre

Summary & Comment: Dowden gives a version of the post-liberation internal restance of black Africans led by Nito Alves. MPLA called it a coup; 10’s of thousands were arrested and executed. It was covered by a blanket of silence, almost to this day. Lara Pawson’s new book is an expose. JK
3. Longer, analytical article. Angola: Factions, fear and fighters – the story of a forgotten massacre
Author: Keith Somerville Date Written: 20 May 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: African Arguments
Secondary Category: History Source URL: http://africanarguments.org/
Key Words: Angola, M PLA, revolt, Nito Alves, massacre

Summary & Comment: Pawson, a long-time authority on Angola writes of a seldom-mentioned part of the liberation struggle. The MPLA, with mestizoes in main positions, in 1976 won a power struggle for control of government. In 1977 they were challenged from within by mainly black Angolans led by Nito Alves. It is seldom-mentioned because of the violence and numbers ki . . . [expand]
4. Longer, analytical article. Banco Espírito Santo Angola’s Toxic Loans to the Elite
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 1 May 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org
Key Words: Angola, bankl of the holy spirit,, toxic loans, Sobrinho

Summary & Comment: "Banco Espírito Santo Angola (BESA) is faced with serious financial problems caused by bad loans to the tune of US$6.5 billion including US$1.5 billion in interest. Problems arose during Álvaro Sobrinho’s tenure as chairman of the bank’s executive committee (2002-2013). BESA took to granting astronomical loans, mostly to well-known figures in the A . . . [expand]
5. Longer, analytical article. Chinese Infrastructure Lubricates Outflow of Angolan and DRC Resources
Author: John Grobler Date Written: 10 April 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Pambazuka
Secondary Category: Central Region Source URL: http://allafrica.com/stories
Key Words: ngola, DRC, rail corridor, oil, minerals. export, import

Summary & Comment: The Lobito Corridor between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a game-changer in the new scramble for Africa’s mineral riches. Chinese loans and rehab of the old Benguela railway line from Lobito to Katanga province in DRCongo (and on to Zambia) will enable mass export of oil and minerals to China and elsewhere through a newly deepened . . . [expand]
6. Zambia: Canada Gives Zambia U.S. $2.7 Million for Refugees Support
Author: Catherine Nyirenda Date Written: 9 April 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Allafrica.com
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://allafrica.com/
Key Words: Zambia, resettlement, refugees, Angola, UN, Canada

Summary & Comment: UN further assists Angolan refugees to resettle in Zambia in such areas of camps as Meheba , as well as those self-settled in urban areas. Canada is supplying more funds for this. Canadian missionaries have had a presence in these camps for many years, being familiar with some Angolans from areas where they worked in Angola before and during the ci . . . [expand]
7. Longer, analytical article. The Logic of Democracy in Angola
Author: Jose Eduardo Agualusa Date Written: 13 March 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Human Rights Source URL: http://makaangola.org
Key Words: Angola, freedom of speech, democracy, threats, death.

Summary & Comment: Lusa argues that administration figures have threatenedRafael Marques that he would be killed for what he says against the goverment, "if Angola were not a democracy". He goes on to list numerous famous people who were spared by dictatorial regimes, but that did not make them democratic. "The quality of a democracy may be measured by . . . [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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