7 November 2012

Angola: Spotlight

The latest press coverage on corruption, human rights abuses, violations of freedom of the press and socio-economic exclusion in Angola, every Wednesday on Maka Angola:

The Independent: In Angola, a new generation speaks out

November 5, 2012: Over the last year the Angolan youth, now almost 70 per cent of the population, have put in a motion a series of events that may have changed the course of the country. Inspired by the Arab Spring and driven by music, social media and the spirit of rebellion, this generation has risen to challenge Angola's rulers like never before.

Huffington Post: Angola - Music and the Movement

November 5, 2012: The film Angola: Birth of a Movement, which follows three activists in Luanda, is set to the sounds of what is often referred to as "conscientious" or "revolutionary" hip hop. What started as one of the only mediums for Angolans to voice their grievances against the government and President, has become an important tool for a growing activist movement with more political importance than the rappers had ever imagined.

Africa Is A Country: 80% of Angolans alive today have only ever called one man President

November 5, 2012: When underground rappers emerged as key players in a burst of anti-government protests in 2011, Al Jazeera went to investigate. Their film, Birth of a Movement, asks: "Can young activists inspired by Angola's underground rap scene take on a political elite that has ruled for decades?"

CNN: Video: Africa's Most Expensive Apartment?

October 29, 2012: Marketplace Africa visits a new development in Angola's capital Luanda that some claim has Africa's most expensive flat.

CNN: Is China good or bad for Africa?

October 29, 2012: China's growing presence in Africa is one of the region's biggest stories, but even seasoned analysts cannot decide whether this booming relationship is good or bad for Africa. Critics say Chinese strategy is entirely self-promotional, aimed at maintaining access to Africa's precious mineral resources even when that means propping up odious governments. China's supporters say the Asian superpower is strictly neutral and business-oriented, preferring to generate economic growth not a dangerous dependency on aid.

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