Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

‘West Should Support Democratic Forces in Angola, not Corrupt Elites’

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 28, 2009

Here is my interview with the Angolan human rights and peace activist Emanuel Matondo. The journalist and author, residing in Germany since the early 1990s, reports on the recent persecution of journalists, the general state of press freedom and on political corruption in the Southern African country. (more…)

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Thirst for African Oil – New Report by Chatham House

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 17, 2009

Alex Vines, Lillian Wong, Markus Weimer and Indira Campos provide an extensive overview of the engagements of Asian national oil companies in Nigeria and Angola in their recently released report (pdf).

Clinton in Angola: Chitchat and Oil Business as Usual or Change?

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 2, 2009

Starting this week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit seven countries in Africa. She is, inter alia, expected in Nigeria and Angola. Will Clinton raise the subject of the growing prosecutions of independent journalists by the ruling elite in Angola and thus induce a real change of US politics vis-á-vis Angola? Read my detailed interview with an activist from the Southern African country about the situation of the media, to be posted at this blog shortly.

How German Investors Want to Save Angolans From China

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on March 27, 2009

German corporations are eager to get much more deeply involved in the Angolan market. Huge public infrastructure investments, a booming oil and an emerging gas sector as well as the demand for machinery attract the attention of companies. With high-level political support, German investors want to challenge a perceived Chinese dominance in this oil-dependent nation that is shaped by fierce social inequalities. A comment. (more…)