Inspired to learn Portuguese by my father's collection of LPs from late 1960s Brazil. Lived in Brazil, Portugal and East Timor. I am an ex-aidworker, perpetual-novice anthropologist working on projects combining technology, communications and social transformation.
Latest posts by Janet Gunter from March, 2011
Angola: Preemptive Maneuver Cancels “Revolution”
A week after the date of the revolution supposed to "dethrone" Angolan Government, the situation in the country appears calm. Preemptive manoeuvre actions of the State contributed greatly to this: pro-MPLA rallies were convened, troops were put at the ready, and protesters were silenced.
East Timor: Konis Santana, a Humble Guerrilla Hero
Like any country born out of a protracted armed resistance, stories in East Timor of division from within the resistance are various, and quite potent. But one guerrilla figure who appears to have a powerful and unifying appeal is Konis Santana, who never lived to see his people gain independence.
Portugal: Scraping By But Making Noise
Yesterday's protest of the Geração à Rasca (“Scraping By” Generation) in Portugal drew 150.000 to the streets, in a burst of non-partisan, non-branded, authentic citizen power. Flickr is brimming with photos from the Azores to Porto, to Lisbon.
Angola: Calls for a Revolution
In the spirit of protest that has swept across North Africa and the Middle East, it appears that Angolan people have found some inspiration. A protest against the government in power for 32 years has been set for March 7th. Bloggers and government officials react.