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Liam Anderson

Liam studied Social Anthropology and then a Master’s in International Affairs. He has written articles on security, transparency, and human rights, appearing in websites including Think Africa Press, openDemocracy, Asia Times, Global Voices, and the Guardian.

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Latest posts by Liam Anderson

11 July 2018

Natural resources surrounded by terror: What is behind the attacks in northern Mozambique?

Since October 2017, Cabo Delgado Province -- a region rich with rubies, gas, oil, and wood -- has suffered violent attacks, the motives of which are unclear to local authorities.

20 June 2018

Gangs and trade wars: What kind of Mexico awaits the new president?

"Today in Mexico one does not attain power with weapons, but controls access to power with weapons."

11 June 2018

Meet the candidates competing to be Mexico's next president

Introducing Mexico's presidential candidates. Among them, a third time presidential hopeful, and a candidate proposing to amputate the hands of corrupt officials. Literally.

8 June 2018

The death of Afonso Dhlakama: Mozambique's legendary politician and ex-guerilla leaves a legacy

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was "a hero for some and a villain, maybe even the devil, for others. The reasons for considering him as one or the other are fair."

4 June 2018

With elections fast approaching in Mexico, what is at stake for citizens?

This is the first in a series of four articles focused on México’s upcoming elections. In this post: A look at the political background and the emergence of new candidates.

15 May 2018

Interview with Rosaly Lopes, a Brazilian NASA astronomer and the first woman to edit the journal founded by Carl Sagan

Her great inspiration? Francis Northcutt, the astronomer who, in 1970, helped to calculate the return route of Apollo 13.

11 May 2018

Burundi's contentious constitutional referendum reflects deeper political problems

Whether a sign of independence or authoritarianism, Burundi's constitutional referendum appears to have further cemented divisions.

1 May 2018

In Spain, the “la manada” sexual assault case verdict triggers mass protests

"A group of five men cornered and raped a woman, and then filmed and shared it. However, the courts decided that it was not a rape."

23 April 2018

Angolan authorities bring journalist Rafael Marques back to court, for investigating corruption

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A journalist best known for exposing human rights violations in the diamond trade, Marques is not the only target of the Angolan regime.

2 April 2018

Kidnapping of Ecuadorian Journalists Shows Colombia’s Peace Process Is Far from Over

"A silent, sad vigil…strongly felt. Tonight, we journalists and friends of the three kidnapped colleagues meet at Plaza Grande"

25 March 2018

False Reports Spread Online After the Murder of Brazilian Activist and Politician Marielle Franco

Fake rumors about the personal life and activism of murdered Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco were shared by several right-wing groups and personalities.

8 March 2018

“You Just Killed Me”: The Internet Meme Defying Angola’s Government

"More than a sharp protest against degrading living conditions of Luanda's slums, 'you just killed me' is also a performance act that fits perfectly into the world of contemporary art".

1 March 2018

Guinean Blogger Sally Bilaly Sow: “Accountability Must Be in the Minds of Every Citizen”

"Today, Guinean bloggers are indispensable actors in the construction of a new and democratic Guinea."

27 February 2018

Who Is Responsible for the Avalanche of Garbage That Killed 16 in Mozambique?

"Maybe now that the worst has happened, the authorities will alert themselves to the urgent need of closing the Hulene waste disposal site."

2 February 2018

Burundi's Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

"The launch of the project to bury...the constitution by Nkurunziza is a declaration of war on the Burundian people. Between Nkurunziza and the Burundian people who will win?"

24 January 2018

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil's Military Dictatorship

The Public Ministry of São Paulo will investigate the organizers of the event which, according to the prosecutors, insults the rights to truth and memory and promotes apology for the...

8 January 2018

Angolans Left Snickering After Post-Launch Glitch in Country's First Satellite

"Launching a satellite into space while on the ground there is no medicine, food, quality education, healthcare worthy of that name...seems to me a terrible irrationality"

21 December 2017

Africa's Richest Woman Dismissed From Angola’s National Oil Company — Is This the End of Dos Santos’ Power?

Is this the beginning of Africa's richest woman -- and the Dos Santos clans downfall?

28 November 2017

After 10 Years of Legal Battles, Mozambique's Only LGBT Organization Takes a Step Closer to Legal Recognition

" That ruling is an ode to equality, peace, and social harmony. Today I am very proud to be Mozambican."

31 October 2017

After 121 Years, the First Indigenous Singer Performs at Brazil’s Teatro Amazonas

The theatre was built in the late 19th century with the wealth from rubber exploitation in the Amazon, which brought devastation for the indigenous communities in the forested region.

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