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    Swazi unions set out on new wave of protest strikes

    Thursday, July 28th, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 28 July Union members took to the streets on Thursday in cities and towns around Swaziland to protest against government moves to cut civil servants’ salaries amid a deepening financial crisis.

    Swaziland: HIV patients ‘eat dung to make drugs work’

    Thursday, July 28th, 2011

    BBC News, 27 July Some HIV-positive patients in Swaziland are so poor they have resorted to eating cow dung before taking anti-retroviral drugs, Aids activists say.

    US suspends aid to Malawi after killings

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

    BBC News, 27 July The US has suspended a $350m (£213m) aid package to Malawi after the security forces were accused of killing anti-government protesters last week.

    Malawi activists ‘in hiding after Mutharika threat’

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

    BBC News, 25 July Key organisers of last week’s anti-government protests in Malawi have gone into hiding amidst fears that they will be arrested. “I will smoke you out,” President Bingu wa Mutharika warned six organisers on Friday. One of them, Rafiq Hajat, told the BBC he had gone into hiding and was leading a [...]

    Angola: observations from a development worker

    Monday, July 25th, 2011

    Angola Monitor, July 2011 Peace is good but not yet good enough Following many years of travel to Angola from 1999 on, a recent return trip after five years’ absence showed how much has changed – and how much hasn’t. I spent two weeks working with rural communities in three provinces to discuss the effects [...]

    Malawi Congress of Trade Unions statement on protests

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    MCTU, 20 July 2011 The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) would like to thank all its members, ordinary concerned citizens, fellow civil society leaders and officials, well wishers and both Employers and business entrepreneurs for allowing workers a day off, coming out in large numbers and for being  peaceful and orderly during the nationwide [...]

    Angola accused of border terror

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 22 July Angolan security forces are waging a campaign of terror — including sexual abuse — on Congolese migrants who cross the border illegally looking for work, aid agencies have claimed.

    Malawi protesters killed during anti-regime riots

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    The Guardian, 21 July 2011 At least 18 people have been killed, officials say, in two days of public unrest in Malawi, an unlikely stage for one of the biggest anti-government protests in sub-Saharan Africa this year.

    Malawi army deployed over anti-Mutharika protests

    Thursday, July 21st, 2011

    BBC News, 21 July The army has been deployed in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, to quell anti-government protests. At least eight people were killed and 44 wounded on Wednesday in clashes in the northern city of Mzuzu, hospital officials said.

    Beyond the spotlight of the Arab Spring, our influence in southern Africa must not wither

    Thursday, July 21st, 2011

    ACTSA News, Summer 2011 Steven Twigg MP, Shadow Minister for Africa and the Middle East Since taking my post as Shadow Minister for Africa and the Middle East in October 2010 we have witnessed, it is fair to say, a historic period in international affairs. The pace and scale of change is unprecedented for this [...]

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