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  • Maurice Mason: 1914-2014

    By Mark | September 29, 2014

    Maurice Mason from Canterbury has sadly died at the grand old age of 100 years, he was one of ACTSA’s most stalwart members. Maurice’s whole life was dedicated to the Read the rest of this entry »

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    London to Brighton Cycle Ride

    By Mark | July 30, 2014

    Sunday 7 September 2014

    Cycle for ACTSA

    The London to Brighton Cycle Ride is a unique fundraising Challenge. You will start at Clapham Common, travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath before finishing on the Brighton seafront having completed 54 miles. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland

    By Mark | July 27, 2014

    Swaziland is Africa’s only absolute monarchy. Democracy is denied and political parties are banned. This small country is often overlooked despite the denial of human rights and enduring Africa’s longest running state of emergency since 1973.

    Free political prisoners

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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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    O Monitor de Angola: No 2, 2014

    By Mark | May 30, 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: Primeiro censo em 44 anos; presidente acusa MPLA por ineficiência; visita do presidente congolês; oposição demanda eleições locais; cresce tensão entre MPLA e UNITA; aquecimento das relações franco-angolanas; Angola e Estados Unidos se comprometem a aumentar o comércio bilateral.

    Economia: Nova tarifa alfandegária para a importação de bens; a classificação de crédito de Angola é rebaixada; rodada de propostas para leilão de petróleo onshore é anunciada; De Beers planeja nova concessão para exploração de diamantes; FMI faz apelo por maior transparência financeira.

    Direitos humanos: Anistia Internacional critica falta de avanço na área de direitos humanos; Angola recebe a Comissão Africana dos Direitos Humanos e dos Povos; radialista é condenado por difamação.

    Assistência e desenvolvimento: Possibilidade de piora da situação de segurança alimentar em Benguela e Kwanza-Sul; Banco Africano de Desenvolvimento concede empréstimo ao setor elétrico; novo ponto de passagem na fronteira com a Namíbia é planejado.

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

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    Angola Monitor: Issue 2/14

    By Mark | May 30, 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: First census for 44 years, President accuses MPLA of inefficiency, Visit by Congolese President, Opposition call for local elections, MPLA and UNITA tensions increasing, Franco-Angolan relations warm, and US and Angola pledge to boost trade

    Economic News: New customs tariff for imported goods, Angola credit rating downgraded, bidding round announced for onshore oil, De Beers plans new diamond concession, and IMF call for greater financial transparency

    Human Rights News: Amnesty International criticise lack of progress on human rights, Angola hosts African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and radio journalist convicted for defamation

    Aid and Development News: Food security situation in Benguela and Kwanza Sul could worsen, African Development Bank to provide electricity loan and new Namibia border crossing planned. 

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

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides Read the rest of this entry »

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    World AIDS Day 2013

    By Tony | December 1, 2013

    World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013, is the 25th World AIDS Day. It is a day to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals, families, communities and nations. Is it a day to celebrate, mourn, be thankful or downcast? In truth all of these. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UK £1 billion pledge against AIDS

    By JoeyA | September 24, 2013

    STOPAIDS

    UK support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria could get an additional 735,000 people onto lifesaving HIV treatment across the developing world by 2016, following an announcement which campaigners say has set the world the challenge of raising its ambition towards finally defeating AIDS – as well as TB and malaria. Read the rest of this entry »

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