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· July, 2008

Stories about Angola from July, 2008

Angola: Goodbye to Kinaxixe Market in Luanda

  31 July 2008

Anabela Quelhas [pt] is extremely sad to have witnessed Luanda's Kinaxixe Market being demolished. She lists 10 reasons was this 50's market was an important building for Angolan architecture and people, concluding: “Once more, cultural asset is outweighed by the language of money and speculation”. A modern shopping center is...

Angola: Eight people murdered in Sambila

  27 July 2008

Eugênio Costa Almeida [pt] comments on a crime that shocked Sambizanga, in Angola. “People from the popular neighborhood of Santa Rosa in Sambila city said there were 8 (eight!) people killed – read it is as executed! Their names are Dadão, Lito, Terenso, Santinho (which was an assistant for the...

Angola: Media shut up?

  23 July 2008

Eugénio Costa Almeida [pt] wonders why Angonotícias [pt] website has not had any updates for a while and links display the message FORBIDDEN – erro 403. “Angonotícias may have many faults, and it is actually good because it means that you can not please absolutely every one, but shutting it...

Mozambique: On nationalization and its impact nowadays

  23 July 2008

On July 24 1976 the Mozambican government nationalized all privately owned industries. “After 32 years, what do we make of the process of nationalization and its impact nowadays? Do buildings and business still belong to the Mozambican state? Were they returned to their owners? If not, who are the new...

Angola: On Africa's oilfields

  21 July 2008

Pitigrili [pt] retorts to an article about Africa's oilfields on a newspaper which stated that few will benefit from Africa's oil boom: “Of course, the Western multinationals don't like the reconstruction deals between Angola and China, where oil is the currency exchange. But the Angolan people finally see asphalt and...

Angola: “Let's get to be citizens”

  17 July 2008

“We can't carry on saying tirelessly that our country is rich. We can't continue lauding ourselves as the major oil producer in Africa. This was in times when we were children, we felt as children and reasoned as children. Now we need to think as citiznes and quenstion if our...

Angola: The 16 year Parliament legislature finishes today

  15 July 2008

“In 1992 the Angolans went for the first to the polls. No one imagined that Parliament which resulted of those elections would have a 16 year legislature, the longest of the continent.” JotaCê Carranca [pt] explains the numerous reasons for this prolonged period in power, and says that this legislature...

Angola: An unacceptable silence

Brazilian expatriate, Menina de Angola [Girl from Angola, pt] comments about two separate cases of rape committed against Brazilian women in Luanda and criticizes the silence surrounding the issue, which according to her hasn't triggered any action from police, media or community: “I always thought the Angolan society was sexist,...

Angola: Growth and changes

  8 July 2008

Hippo, a British expatriate living in Angola, has a long post about the changes the country is about to face with the new property law came into effect in Angola on the 15th of June. “On paper, we are worth a lot more than a week ago. Imagine how much...

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