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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. BP and partners’ US$350 million payments in corruption-prone Angola show need for U.S. transparency rule
Author: Global Witness Date Written: 5 August 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Global Witness
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.globalwitness.org
Key Words: Angola, research centre, secrecy, investors,

Summary & Comment: As African government leaders meet Obama, Global Witness raises a crucial issue that must get attention: where does the money from natural resource deals - including US$350 million being paid by U.S.-listed companies for a mysterious research center in Angola?" Transparency is needed from the Angolan government and its cabinet/investors. JK
2. Longer, analytical article. Impulso: how Angola’s presidential family struck it lucky from the mining survey
Author: Rafael Marques de Morais Date Written: 29 July 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org
Key Words: Angola, surveys, minerals, consortia, elite families, shareholders.

Summary & Comment: The Angolan government last May embarked upon an aerial survey aimed at mapping mineral resources across the entire territory of Angola. Maka investigates the three consortia who won the contracts for $300m. Impulso Angola (half owned by a Spanish company)and other entities were constituted to manage the results, and many of the shareholder positi . . . [expand]
3. Longer, analytical article. Angola Monitor - magazine- third quarter of 2014
Author: Action for Southern Africa Date Written: 16 July 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: ACTSA
Secondary Category: Central Region Source URL: http://us2.campaign
Key Words: Angola, magazine, quarterly, news, commentary

Summary & Comment: A summary of Angolan news for 3rd quarter of 2014. ACTSA was born in UK out of the anti-apartheid campaign. It was very sympathetic to the Angolan government then because it was a frontline state(vs South west Africa), and hosted the ANC military wing, and provided support including Cuban army support. It is still supportive but more critical in th . . . [expand]
4. Longer, analytical article. Angola: The Dos Santos family’s private property
Author: Rafael Marques De Morais Date Written: 27 June 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL: http://www.makaangola.org
Key Words: Angola, Dos Santos family, illegality, looting .

Summary & Comment: President José Eduardo dos Santos has been transferring state resources to the private ownership of his family so openly that there is only one possible conclusion: Angola is the private property of the Dos Santos family.
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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]

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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