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  • O Monitor de Angola No 3, 2014

    By Mark | July 25, 2014

    O Monitor de Angola aborda política, economia, desenvolvimento, democracia e direitos humanos em Angola. É publicado trimestralmente pela Ação pela África Austral (ACTSA, sigla em inglês).

    Esta edição cobrirá:
    Política: Ressurgem disputas por fronteiras marítimas entre Angola e a República Democrática do Congo; resultados preliminares do censo são esperados para setembro; premiê chinês visita Angola; presidente empossa novo ministro da Defesa; Brasil: visita presidencial reforça laços econômicos e políticos; Angola e Cuba assinam tratado de cooperação; Interesses britânicos são ampliados em Angola, e as prioridades para a cooperação internacional.
    Economia: Luanda foi classificada como a cidade mais cara; crise dos bancos portugueses poderá afetar Angola; empréstimo cedido para renovação do setor energético; demanda por dólares permanece alta; apesar de proibição, importação de cimento continua alta; novos investimentos na indústria têxtil deverão criar empregos.
    Direitos humanos: Cidadãos da RDC são acusados de incitação à guerra; polícia agride e prende vinte manifestantes.
    Ajuda e desenvolvimento: Retirada de minas terrestres permite retorno de cinco mil pessoas; risco de seca reduzido em algumas áreas.

    Esta edição também está disponível em inglês. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor Issue 3.2014

    By Mark | July 25, 2014

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

    This issue covers:
    Political News: DRC Angola maritime border dispute resurfaces; Preliminary census results expected in September; Chinese Premier visits Angola; President appoints new defence minister; Brazil: Presidential visit strengthens political and economic ties; Angola and Cuba sign agreement of cooperation; Building British interests in Angola and Priorities for International Cooperation.
    Economic News: Luanda rated as the most expensive city; Portuguese banking crisis could affect Angola; Loan agreed for energy sector overhaul; Demand for dollars remains strong; Cement imports remain high despite ban and new investment in textile industry should produce jobs.
    Human Rights News: DRC Nationals charged with provocation of war and Police beat and detain 20 protestors.
    Aid and Development News: Mine clearance makes way for return of 5,000 people and Drought risk reduced in some areas.

    This issue is also available in Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU Statement on Africa day – the struggle continues even at 51 years of the OAU/AU

    By Mark | May 25, 2014

    Source: COSATU

    This Sunday marks the 51st anniversary of the OAU/AU, which is the continent’s premiere political body. It was formed in 1963 to advance and champion the cause of Africa’s liberation from colonialism and underdevelopment. COSATU joins the rest of our people on the continent in celebrating the great strides our continent has made since then, particularly in the struggle for liberation from colonialism. Read the rest of this entry »

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    SADC congratulates Zimbabwe on holding free and peaceful elections

    By Mark | August 20, 2013

    SADC congratulates Zimbabwe on holding fee and peaceful elections, congratulates Zanu PF and Mugabe who becomes Deputy President of SADC and will assume the Presidency of SADC next year. The next summit will be held in Read the rest of this entry »

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    SADC Communique from Summit in Tanzania including statements on DRC and M23 group, Madagascar and Zimbabwe

    By Mark | December 12, 2012

    The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania from 7 – 8 December 2012.

    Issues discussed include the DRC, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

    Read the full comunique

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    Congo embassy workers claim asylum in the UK

    By Sarah | February 27, 2012

    The Guardian, 20 February 2012

    Three senior diplomats have resigned from their posts at the Congolese embassy in London and claimed asylum in the UK.

    Baby Kazadi Moussonzo, first secretary to the ambassador; Mamie Yaya Efunga, another first secretary; and Kabengele Mamba, second secretary, had between them a total of 14 years service at the London embassy. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Delays Threaten Elections in Democratic Republic of Congo

    By Sarah | October 26, 2011

    Voice of America, 23 October 2011

    Presidential campaigning begins this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  But opposition parties and international election observers have expressed concern next month’s poll may be postponed.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Climate Change Q&A: “We Expect the Polluters to Pay”

    By Sarah | September 29, 2011

    IPS News, 26 September 2011

    An interview with Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, chair of the Africa Group of Negotiators for Climate Change.

    During the Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 17th U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu will lead the negotiations on behalf of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN).

    Mpanu-Mpanu is also director of the Clean Development Mechanism Designated National Authority of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read the rest of this entry »

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    Activist dies in Democratic Republic of Congo unrest

    By ACTSA | September 7, 2011

    BBC News, 6 September

    An opposition activist has been shot dead in Democratic Republic of Congo during clashes with police in Kinshasa. 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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