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It’s election time in Angola. The country’s president, President José Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for the last 33 years, is already in victory mode, claiming that his party MPLA is solely responsible for the post-civil war economic boom. Angola’s foremost investigative journalist, Rafael Marques, thinks differently.
It took the Dutch community of African descent years of lobbying to realise a national institute that would deal with a subject the Dutch don’t like to talk about: their country’s role in the transatlantic slave trade. This month, only ten years after its inception, it was forced to close its doors.
Once a war hero, now a paralympic hero. Mohamed Kamara was only 4 years old when he was captured and had his arm cut off by rebel fighters during Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war. Now 18, he will be the first athlete since the end of the civil war to represent his country at the London Paralympics.
The upcoming parliamentary elections in Angola are widely reported on. But there’s another part of the Angolan story that hardly gets a mention: its massive ambitions in the rest of the African continent.
Zimbabwe’s rulers have never liked free spirits. Yet the country keeps producing them. Take musician Comrade Fatso, who used the title of legendary Zimbabwean author Dambudzo Marechera’s most famous book as the title for his new album: The house of hunger. In the book, Marechera denounces the materialism, intolerance, opportunism, and corruption of post-independence Zimbabwe.
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