Angola, Africa: The Terror of a Mass Uprising Involving the African Working Class

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Angola Africa’s greatest running war was formally brought to an end on April 4 when the both sides in Angola’s civil war signed a tranquility deal over a 26-year conflict that began when the country was affirmed independent in 1975. The death of the head of the Union for the whole Independence of Angola (UNITA), Jonas Savimbi, at the hands of administration forces on February 22, paved the way for the present resolution. Since then the conflict which has left the country confounded and killed half a million people, has been presented by the US media as the adverse result of the Cold War contention between two super powers, or as an expression of basically African problems. In burying an old supporter the US media evidently hope to bury the record of many of the far right elements who were active in driving forward the Angolan conflict and who are now in the present US management. From the New York Times the Angolan conflict was “a three way tribally based thrash about in which the contenders “became enmeshed in worldwide politics as the competitor superpowers and their proxies rushed to support their chosen factions.” For the Washington Post the US government and the CIA were the blameless parties, involved in a war of others making? Angola, writes columnist Jim Hoagland, stands as a caution that in the current war against violence, “Washington must oppose shelling out resources to unsavory characters and regimes that may be the intention of dragging the United States into

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