Alex Vines said the rumours followed Culture Minister Rosa Cruz e Silva's announcement last week that the government would crack down on 'sects'. The measure 'was targeting mostly Brazil-style evangelical groups that have mushroomed across Angola', according to Vines.
International media reports that Angola has banned Islam highlight once again poor communication and clumsy policy by the Angolan authorities, and how ill thought through policies are distorted by Angolan social media, the opposition and the international press, writes Alex Vines.
According to analysts the clamp down of recent protests showed signs of nerves in the ruling MPLA party. '(It shows) growing insecurity and paranoia, which will only increase until the political succession of Dos Santos is resolved,' said Alex Vines.
According to a new report the UK’s language skills crisis is embarrassing for the diplomatic and security services and can have tragic consequences. According to Dr Robin Niblett, who chaired the panel who produced the report, whatever the source of new diplomats and security personnel recruited, there is no doubt that without them, Britain may indeed be 'lost for words' in international diplomacy.
There is outrage and anger towards US government among big Silicon Valley firms, said Facebook's Director of Policy in Europe, Richard Allen, speaking at a conference at Chatham House. Also speaking at the conference were Google's Eric Schmidt and Joel F Brenner, former Senior Counsel at the NSA. (34:33)
Political pluralism will better hold leadership decisions to account and provide a better basis for development strategies to lift many more of Mozambique’s citizens out of poverty, writes Alex Vines.
'You simply cannot imprison enough Chinese people when they all agree to something. You won’t be able to stop it even of you don’t like it,' said Google's Eric Schmidt, speaking at Chatham House.
'People will be very happy to buy Iranian oil depending on the price. My sense is that you can now expect to see Iranian oil exports gradually increasing. The only way now is up,' said Paul Stevens.