Tag: angola

With few riches left to plunder, Angola’s old guard moves on

With few riches left to plunder, Angola’s old guard moves on

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—Africa’s oil giants are tightening their belts as the sale price of “King Oil,” buffeted by cheaper fracked gas, solar and other renewables, hits new lows. The promises of prosperity have faded in Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria, among other oil producers. Perhaps the saddest scenario can be found in Angola—whose capital Luanda was not long […]

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Angolan women potest harsh bill criminalizing abortion

Angolan women potest harsh bill criminalizing abortion

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—Under heavy police surveillance, Angolan women rallied in the capital city Luanda to protest a draft bill that would criminalize all abortions and punish anyone who has an abortion or performs one, without exception, with up to 10 years in jail. Among those objecting to the bill was the president’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who […]

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Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

Israel lashes out at African allies for anti-settlement vote

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Israel lashed out at its African and other allies this week, suspending aid and other relationships in retaliation for their votes on a U.N. resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. Senegal and Angola were the primary targets of Israeli fury. The two countries are non-permanent members of the U.N. […]

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Brooks-Questa Scholars: New partnership transforms landscape of construction trades

Brooks-Questa Scholars: New partnership transforms landscape of construction trades

| July 6, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Questa Education Foundation and Brooks Construction have formalized a partnership that will provide funding to scholars who wish to further their education beyond high school in areas of education that will prepare them for employment in the construction industry, specifically:  heavy highway and site development concentrations. Questa Education Foundation and Brooks Construction are pleased […]

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Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

Angola finds another plum job for president’s wealthy daughter

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Angola’s aging president has found a new and lucrative job for his daughter, Isabel dos Santos, who already holds the title of Africa’s richest woman. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, 73, this month tapped his daughter to head Sonangol, the national oil company. Using a presidential decree he also sacked the company’s directors, in a […]

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Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

(GIN)—At a U.N. sponsored conference in Helsinki last week, Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar…  a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information, and a moment to stand with all journalists to defend their safety.” […]

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Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

Amnesty International blast long sentences for Angolan youth activists

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—Fifteen youth activists, including the rapper Luaty Beirao aka Ikonoklasta, were handed long prison sentences for allegedly plotting to overthrow the regime of Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos. The activists said they had been discussing “From Dictatorship to Democracy” a 20-year old text about non-violent resistance to repressive regimes in a book club when they […]

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World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—“Africans had the least responsibility for putting carbon in the air and yet they’re feeling the brunt of climate change.” That was the view expressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the launch of the 21st climate change conference—known as COP21—opening this week. He added: “We want to make sure Africa is not forgotten […]

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All is not ‘hunky-dory’ in Africa, says billionaire Mo Ibrahim

All is not ‘hunky-dory’ in Africa, says billionaire Mo Ibrahim

| October 6, 2015

(GIN)—The cheap gas boom has not been the best of news for African countries where oil and other raw materials have been the basis of their export economies since colonial times. Gas and oil are not the only raw materials to suffer as economies in Asia and the west contract and investors take wait and […]

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Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

| September 15, 2015

(GIN)—One of the world’s largest arms bazaars opened at London’s Docklands this week and invitees to this “gala” affair included some of the most disgraced authoritarian regimes worldwide. War makers and human rights violators Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Angola and Algeria are among 61 countries coming to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) biennial event. […]

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