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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. 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:
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL:
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]
2. 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:
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]
3. Longer, analytical article. MInister of the interior protects the corrupt
Author: Alfredo Muvuma Date Written: 11 March 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Maka Angola
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL:
Key Words: Angola, MPLA government, visas, corruption

Summary & Comment: In 2009, the president made a speech declaring zero tolerance for corruption. Since then it has been worse. This case involved sales of visas worth $90m. None of this went into government books. JK
4. Longer, analytical article. Angola: Nation’s Dire Human Rights Situation
Author: Richard Lee Date Written: 19 February 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Open Society for Southern Africa via
Secondary Category: Human Rights Source URL:
Key Words: Angola, human rights, repression, freedomless,

Summary & Comment: A Human Rights Watch report paints a depressing picture of the state of human rights in the country. It sees the government as failing to use a huge oil windfall to fund socio-economic development, continuing to turn a blind eye to rampant corruption, and despite a comprehensive electoral victory in 2012 - "intensifying repressive measures to . . . [expand]
5. Longer, analytical article. Angola: No Investigation of Corrupt Russia-Angola Debt Deal
Author: Richard Lee Date Written: 5 February 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Johannesburg)
Secondary Category: Economic Justice Source URL:
Key Words: Angola, $750m theft; Gaydamak, dos Santos;

Summary & Comment: There will be no further investigation - let alone prosecution - in Switzerland of the individuals and companies involved in a massive and extremely dodgy Russian-Angolan debt deal...the end of hopes that those responsible for looting the Angolan coffers will be brought to book...over US$750 million ended up in the pockets of senior Angolan governm . . . [expand]
6. Longer, analytical article. Angola: Heading for extinction?
Author: Louise Redvers Date Written: 3 February 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: Good Governance Africa, via OSISA, via allafricacom
Secondary Category: Ecology Source URL:
Key Words: Angola, Luando giant sable antelope, extinction, mining license, withdrawn.

Summary & Comment: Angola has environmental laws but they are often broken. In May 2013 an Angolan mining company was given prospecting rights inside the last wild habitat of the nearly extinct giant sable antelope, the Luando Reserve, south-east of Luanda, the capital...the animal is found only in Angola and it is the country’s national symbol. But its numbers have . . . [expand]
7. Longer, analytical article. Angola Monitor 1/2014
Author: Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) Date Written: 1 February 2014
Primary Category: Angola Document Origin: ACTSA
Secondary Category: -none- Source URL:
Key Words: Angola. Constitutional court,international transparency standards,

Summary & Comment: The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

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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