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Balance art in Luanda

The trial against Angola's most famous dissident is a litmus test for both Norway and Angola, the Joint Council of Africa believes.

The skyscrapers that characterize the panorama of Angola's capital Luanda have become the symbol of a bittersweet success story seen with Western eyes. Since the end of the country's civil war in 2002, foreign investors have flocked to the country, and the oil industry has provided the country with huge revenues. Last year alone, Statoil paid NOK 23 billion in taxes, fees and bonuses to the Angolan authorities. In addition, Norway has since 1987 provided technical assistance to the petroleum administration, including through the Oil for Development program. Despite economic growth, hopes for more democracy and better times for large sections of the population have been shattered. "Angola is a robust example of a post-war situation that deviates from Western aid countries' hopes for liberalism. . .

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