Tag: angola

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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Angola cracks down on youth protest, arresting activist rapper

Angola cracks down on youth protest, arresting activist rapper

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Angolan police arrested over a dozen young opposition activists, including rapper Luaty Beirao, who have campaigned against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the interior ministry said June 21. Activist groups, among them the Angolan Revolutionary Movement, claimed on social media platforms that as many as 20 people had been arrested when police raided a youth […]

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Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Five former Cuban intelligence officers, known here as the Cuban Five, arrived in Johannesburg this week, for a visit expressing gratitude for support during their imprisonment in the U.S. “South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban national heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez,” said Department of […]

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Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

Lawyers, rights groups rally around author of ‘Blood Diamonds’ facing jail

| April 1, 2015

(GIN)—The Southern Africa Litigation Center, Amnesty International and more than a dozen other human rights organizations including the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights have signed on to an open letter demanding justice for crusading journalist Rafael Marques, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups. In their letter, published this week […]

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