Archive for the ‘Angola’ Category

Angola In Crisis

Via The Washington Post, a look at Angola, where the sharp decline in international oil prices has hit the economy hard: As the price of oil rose earlier this decade, this capital city did as well. Glass skyscrapers soared above the rubble of a 27-year civil war. American pop stars such as Mariah Carey were […]

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Africa’s Imploding Petrostates

Via Foreign Policy, interesting observations on how the decrease in oil prices is setting off a dramatic shift in the economic balance of power on the African continent: Africa’s petrostates are crashing hard. A cool $115 in the summer of 2014, a barrel of Brent crude, the international pricing benchmark, now fetches below $40. And […]

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Angola: A New Normal?

Courtesy of Frontier Strategy Group, an updated look at Angola: Since the end of its three-decade long civil conflict in 2002, Angola has registered strong growth fueled by crude oil exports, allowing high public spending and driving the emergence of the country’s consumer class. Since the oil price decline—and quick rebound—of 2009, the government has consistently […]

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Angola

Courtesy of the New Yorker, an interesting look at Angola and the inequalities arising from the oil boom: Earlier this year, I was invited to a barbecue at the home of a Texas oilman, Steve Espinosa, and his wife, Norma. Their two-story house sat on an unnamed road, nestled in a community called the Condominio […]

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Angola

Via Ozy, a look at Angola which – while no model democracy – has oil and other natural resources: When John Kerry touches down in Angola this coming week, the U.S. secretary of state had better make sure he has more than just spare change in his pocket. A few 20- or even 50-spots would help […]

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Sonangol: National Oil Company And Government Backbone

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an interesting look at Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company: Summary Before Angola’s independence in 1975, Portugal imposed a contentious and hastily thrown together power-sharing deal among Angola’s three main ethnic groups: the Bakongo, Mbundu and Ovimbundu. This pact unraveled quickly after independence as Angola descended into a three-way civil war. […]

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