August 27, 2012: A four-lane avenue separates the shelled ruins of the art deco Ruacana Cinema from Huambo’s shiny new Chinese-built railway station, a symbol of the leaps Angola has made to recover from a devastating 27-year civil war that ended a decade ago.
August 24, 2012: Rising discontent over a perceived lack of a “peace dividend” and the widening gap between rich and poor has seen many Angolans grow tired of the ruling party, which claims to be working for the povo (people) but whose leaders are growing wealthier by the day, thanks to the country’s booming oil-driven economy.
August 23, 2012: Opposition parties in Angola, Africa’s second-largest oil producer, plan to demonstrate on Aug. 25 against conditions for the country’s general election next week. Unita, a former rebel movement, and Casa-Ce, a party started this year by a former Unita leader, have objected to aspects of the ballot in Luanda, the capital. Angola’s electoral commission is expected to meet tomorrow and may issue a ruling on the complaints.