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  • Angola court removes ‘MPLA’ election head Susana Ingles

    By Mark | May 18, 2012

    BBC

    Angola’s Supreme Court has blocked the appointment of the election commission head, seen as a close ally of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Southern Africa sets up regional climate research centre

    By Sarah | April 24, 2012

    Guardian, 23 April 2012

    Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek.

    The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (Sasscal) is intended to support cross-border research and land management. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Mixed Progress in Angola after Ten Years of Peace

    By Sarah | April 3, 2012

    Chatham House, 3 April 2012

    by Nicholas Shaxson, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme

    When stunned Angolans picked up their copies of Jornal de Angola in February 2002 to see the bullet-riddled body of UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, many immediately knew that the long years of war were over.

    The conflict, which first erupted upon independence from Portugal in 1975, was about many things. It was a war of UNITA’s oppressed rural peasants against oil-rich, predominantly coastal and urban élites. It was a struggle between different ethnic and geographical groups; and it was a proxy war pitting the United States and Apartheid-era South Africa against the Soviet Union, Cuba and its allies. It was even a war of minerals, with oil underpinning the army of the ruling MPLA, while diamonds fed UNITA. Most fundamentally, though, it was a war of ambition by Jonas Savimbi, whose dream was to rule Angola, no matter what the human cost. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Floods leave Angolan returnees stranded

    By Sarah | January 10, 2012

    IRIN News, 6 January 2012

    Several thousand Angolan returnees from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are stranded by floods in northeastern Angola. They are among the first casualties of what promises to be a very wet rainy season in parts of southern Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Dos Santos announces elections at the end of 2012

    By Sarah | October 27, 2011

    Mail & Guardian, 21 October 2011

    Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos announced this week that his country would go to the polls at the end of 2012, but he stopped short of saying whether he would stand for re-election.
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    Angola: Huambo air force plane crash kills generals

    By admin | September 15, 2011

    BBC News, 15 September

    A plane crash in Angola has killed 30 people, including three army generals, a military official has said. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angolan police under fire over treatment of protesters

    By admin | September 12, 2011

    Mail and Guardian, 12 September

    Twenty-one people have appeared in court in the Angolan capital of Luanda charged with public order offences, following a rare anti-government demonstration that turned violent, leaving several ­protesters, journalists and police officers injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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    24 arrested and several injured in Angola youth rally

    By admin | September 5, 2011

    Reuters News, 3 September

    Angolan authorities arrested 24 people at an anti-government youth rally in the capital Luanda Saturday during which several protesters, journalists and police officers were injured, according to media reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU criticises SADC leadership and calls for Day of Action

    By Mark | August 18, 2011

    Congress of South African Trade Unions calls on SADC leaders to act now in defence of democracy in Southern Africa

    COSATU, 17 August 2011

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions notes that the 31st Ordinary Summit of SADC heads of states and government begins today in Luanda, Angola to discuss various issues affecting the region.

    We are however very disappointed by the behaviour of the in-coming Chairperson of SADC, Angola’s President Jose Dos Santos who refused entry into Angola for about 17 civil society activists and leaders from the region, as well as two Mozambican journalists, whilst also seizing publications belonging to Zimbabwean activists. This is unacceptable, particularly coming from someone assigned with the responsibility of providing leadership to the whole region at a time when the challenge of democracy, human rights and economic justice are daunting throughout the region. This also brings into question Angola’s own record of freedom of political activity, free flow of information and right to expression. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: South African civil society statement on the Global Political Agreement

    By Mark | August 16, 2011

    The coalition government of Zimbabwe must urgently institute reforms and ensure human rights respect

    We the undersigned South African Civil Society participants and the Zimbabwean Diaspora attending the above-mentioned event wish to highlight civil society’s grave concern at the lack of progress in the implementation of fundamental democracy and human rights reforms outlined in the Global Political Agreement guaranteed by SADC. We are concerned that the SADC mediation process has made little difference in the peace talks between the ZANU-PF and the two MDC formations in the quest to find a lasting solution to the Zimbabwean crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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