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    Angola: a land of economic and social contrasts after ten years of peace

    Monday, July 30th, 2012

    Luís Samacumbi is Director of the Department of Social Assistance, Studies and Projects (DASEP) of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Angola, and a member of the Angola Political and Social Observatory. On April 4 2012 Angola celebrated the “Precious Decade” – a day of peace and national reconciliation. The celebration ceremony took place in the [...]

    Zanu PF dismiss EU changes to targeted measures

    Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

    “Why are they talking about a lifting of sanctions dependent on the holding and outcome of a referendum? We don’t think that’s the way to do it. We are saying all sanctions must go.”

    Swaziland: Troops on standby for public sector strikes

    Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

    The army in Swaziland is on standby to break the public sector strikes that have gripped the kingdom for more than a month.

    MPs urge rethink over UK aid to Malawi

    Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

    The government has been urged to rethink how it gives aid to Malawi after the change of leadership in the African country earlier this year.

    EU changes position on Zimbabwe

    Monday, July 23rd, 2012

    The EU has just announced it has changed its position on targeted measures in Zimbabwe. The ban on bilateral funding has been suspended and the travel ban and assets freeze on all but a few key individuals around Mugabe will be lifted once a ‘peaceful and credible’ referendum is held.

    EU sugar aid for Swaziland leaves a bitter taste

    Friday, July 20th, 2012

    EU aid for trade on sugar not so sweet for smallholders and communities left without safety net as liberalisation looms  Mark Tran, Guardian Under the aid for trade initiative that came out of the World Trade Organisation in 2005, rich countries agreed to provide money for developing countries to help them adapt to global trade, [...]

    Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries

    Friday, July 20th, 2012

    BBC World Service A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption.

    Tutu calls for end to gay stigma to help tackle HIV

    Friday, July 20th, 2012

    BBC Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for homosexuality to be decriminalised to help tackle HIV. His comments come in an analysis in The Lancet journal of why incidence of the virus continues to grow among men who have sex with men.

    Zimbabwe: Should targeted measures/sanctions stay or go?

    Friday, July 20th, 2012

    On 17 July the British Government announced that they want the EU to suspend their appropriate targeted measures/sanctions on all but a few individuals around President Mugabe. Alistair Burt, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said that “if there is a peaceful and credible constitutional referendum, the EU should respond accordingly with [...]

    Anglo American and silicosis sufferers: pay decent compensation now says ACTSA

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    ACTSA Press Release Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and other companies involved in gold mining should heed the call from the NUM South Africa for “mining companies to accept their liability for the silicosis scourge and to contribute to the establishment of a dedicated silicosis fund to settle current and future claims.”

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