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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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25 March 2019

Cyclone Idai almost completely submerged Beira, a city of 500,000 residents in Mozambique

Conversations for a Better World

The number of deaths officially confirmed in Mozambique exceeds 200, and more than 350,000 people are in a “state of constant risk."

Burundi: Scribble on the president's picture — go to jail

"If I did this in Nkurunziza’s Burundi, I could be jailed."

24 March 2019

In Brazil, 30 million people live in ‘quasi-deserts’ of news

Researchers see a correlation between a lack of information and a lack of good quality public services.

6 March 2019

Burundian troop withdrawal from Somalia leads to another diplomatic standoff

Amidst Burundi's ongoing political and economic crisis, funding from international peacekeeping missions is a significant source of foreign currency. Now, AMISOM has asked Burundi to reduce their troops from Somalia.

27 February 2019

A steep price hike for passport applications pushed Angolans to protest

The fee increased from 8 to 97 US dollars.

15 January 2019

Before it was banned, this Facebook profile urged young people to join violent attack group in northern Mozambique

Since October 2017, an unknown armed group has been terrorizing the north of Mozambique with attacks that have left over 200 dead and many villages destroyed.

3 January 2019

A plane carrying seven indigenous people disappeared in the Amazon rainforest, but few in Brazil are talking about it

The search for survivors was suspended by the Air Force after 15 days. Despite being noted by some media outlets, the case is almost undiscussed in the country.

30 December 2018

‘Stop killing women’ — a new campaign against domestic violence in Angola

"Violence against women is real, it really is. It is not something in the heads of feminists, it is not an invention or empty speech: IT IS REAL!"

28 December 2018

How the comics of Marcelo D'Salete helps us understand Brazil's past and present

"It could help change mentalities regarding the treatment of the diverse groups that we have in Brazil, countering a hegemonic vision, which frames these groups in different and unequal positions."

14 November 2018

Who is Sérgio Moro, the Brazilian judge who sentenced former president Lula and will be Bolsonaro's ‘superminister'?

Moro is a controversial figure, seen by some as a symbol of the fight against corruption, but by others as having taken partisan actions in persecuting certain figures.

10 November 2018

Amid police raids and vigilante threats, Brazilians fear for freedom of expression in public universities

"There is an empowerment of conservative ideas inside of the state apparatus that is very, very dangerous."

24 October 2018

Burundi clamps down on international NGOs and rejects human rights criticisms

In September, the National Security Council announced all NGOs – except in hospitals and schools – were suspended for three months from October 1, and mining companies for one month.

8 October 2018

Portuguese PM drew criticism over clothing choice during visit to Angola

António Costa's official visit to Angola following months of diplomatic tensions between the two governments has caused a stir over his clothing choice.

21 September 2018

Journalist's expulsion from restaurant leads to debate about racism in Angola

"...racism in Angola is nothing new; however, people prefer to pretend nothing is happening."

30 August 2018

In Mozambique, new licensing fees have raised the cost of doing journalism — and may threaten media freedom

Advox

The fees were described by Mozambican online newspaper @Verdade as "astronomical".

14 August 2018

A Brazilian animation about drag queens is singled out, criticized on moral grounds

"If Super Drags is a cartoon for adults why is the Brazilian Paediatrics Society worrying itself?"

13 August 2018

The capture of Mozambique’s notorious criminal Nini Satar meets sceptical public reaction

"Ms Prosecutor, is somebody on conditional release a fugitive?"

6 August 2018

Landmark ruling in Angola acquits journalist Rafael Marques of all charges

Advox

While Marques had been brought to court on previous occasions, this was the first time he was formally acquited.

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."