Former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 2019.
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He failed to understand that the struggle for justice and freedom in southern Africa was changing the world - and diplomacy itself.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor, in Pretoria. Russia provided valuable support for the ANC during its struggle against apartheid.
The relationship between Pretoria and Moscow was forged in the apartheid era with the then Soviet Union giving support to banned ANC fighters.
Adalberto Costa Junior, leader of Angola’s opposition party, The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) arrives to cast his vote.
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The loss of a two-thirds majority in parliament would be seen as a significant defeat for the MPLA.
Protests demanding better living in Angola have become common since 2011. This one was in November 2020.
Angola’s 2022 election is the first in which citizens born after the war are old enough to vote.
The late former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos.
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The political skill to turn situations to his advantage, rather than any ability to mobilise people, made Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos.
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Dos Santos died as he had lived and governed: in silence. His silence, and what he accomplished with it, is his most enduring legacy.
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The MPLA is using all instruments at its disposal to hobble a new united opposition front ahead of the Angola election.
Young Angolans protest for bettter living conditions in the capital Luanda in 2020.
A new book explains the manifestations of the oil curse in Nigeria and Angola since independence.
Joao Lourenco, president of Angola. His promise to hold municipal elections this year has come to naught.
Citizens have been denied their right to elect officials at the grassroots and this has allowed the central government to maintain rigid control of the country’s regions.
John Liebenberg in the ransacked hospital in Cubal, Angola, in 1993.
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No other photographer in southern Africa has documented war in the way that John Liebenberg did. He captured the life and the conflict of both sides in his body of work.
South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Controversy around Winnie Madikizela-Mandela continues in death as it did in life.
João Lourenço, set to become Angola’s president, is unlikely to bring any major changes.
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Angola’s president-elect, João Lourenço, has a reputation for relative probity. But, he’s unlikely to rock the boat as Eduardo dos Santos remains party chairman.
Rebel UNITA troops walk through a field twenty miles from the front line at Munhango, Angola April 29, 1986.
For a military battle whose outcome is still hotly contested 30 years later, the impact was so remarkably clear – independence for Namibia, peace for Angola and the death knell for apartheid.