The Rare Interview of Angola's President: Frivolity or Fraudulence?

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On the 3rd of June, José Eduardo dos Santos (president of Angola) gave the first interview (in 22 years) to a Portuguese TV Network, SIC - if you speak the language, the interview is available here.

The president demanded a specific journalist (Henrique Cymerman) and chose to "reveal" Angola's good relationship with Israel - at diplomatic, military and security levels.
Henrique Cymerman looked like a marionette: his questions were shallow, his smiles were fake and, basically, he (a highly respected journalist) seemed to be making a fool of himself - it was like he was making sure he'd show the world he was forced to participate in that sham.
Since most of Portugal doesn't even know about the relationship between Israel and Angola, why did President dos Santos feel the need to mention it? We can only assume he was sending a message to someone...but whom to? Whoever that person is; we are not sure the subliminal message sent by a corrosively corrupt politician will affect the individual's/entity's goals.

The Angolan president also referred to his good business relations with Brazil (whose president, Dilma Roussef, made most of us laugh last year when she stated that Angola was "the bastion of the democratic consolidation") and Portugal (whose political leadership and elite are selling off the country to the dos Santos Family, and cronies, without questioning the true origin of the funds). When asked about Angola's relationship with China, he justified China's exploitation with the following explanation: after the independence, in 1975, no one in the West would lend money to Angola because they thought Angola was rich (side note: he forgot to convey it was because the country was aligned with the Soviet Union); therefore, they had to turn to China - the only country willing to lend them the much needed funds. So, now, it is pay up time: Angola is allowing China to exploit Angolans, not because the dos Santos family received financial incentives to do it, but because Angola owes China.
When José Eduardo dos Santos had an opportunity to inform the Portuguese audience about his political work, he read his accomplishments from a piece of paper (strategically placed on a coffee table in front of him)...

Sources, in Angola, say that when you go to the bank to withdraw $200 the bank teller will keep $50 for himself; when you get to the airport to leave the Semba nation, the security guard will say that your little package of habanero chillis can be used to blow up the plane (and thus you have to leave it behind) unless you pay him something; when you want to start a new business you have to pay a cut to the president's family - usually his #2 (Isabel dos Santos, his daughter, the owner-wannabe of Portugal) - or else...
Henrique Cymerman asked José Eduardo dos Santos how he intended to fight corruption. The president answered that his government had created mechanisms to fight embezzlement (perpetrated by civil servants) and embellished his discourse around that theme. Period.

The best part of the interview was when the journalist asked president dos Santos who his political model was: he answered that it was very difficult to name one (N.B: he nearly named himself) because the world was in such a confusion; but if he really had to name one it would have to be "Lula" (as he called the former Brazilian president) because he fought poverty in Brazil, he narrowed the gap between the poor and the rich, he created an inclusive and democratic society and all the things he dreams for Angola...
Eduardo dos Santos was asked to describe his government's ideology:
Answer: a democracy.
He carried on saying that the ruling party was leftist but implemented centre-left policies - then he chuckled (in fact, he did so a lot throughout the interview).

The president of Angola wanted to prove the world that left wing policies are a true success and create prosperity for all.
We leave you with a video of a Musseque (WARNING: if you are sensitive to squalor, we advise against visualising it):


  1. Both frivolity and fraudulent! Angola is one of the world's poorest countries with the most expensive houses in the world! Angola' president is a shameless SOB and the AU sits in silence!!!

    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      True. True. And... :)
      Anonymous, thank you ever so much for your comment :D.


  2. What a terrible video, Max!! We take our way of life for granted and forget that there are still people living in complete misery out there! I am horrified!
    I have heard of Angola and of president dos Santos: his family controls the country, he is the richest man and nothing happens there without his knowledge and approval!
    But why did he bring up Angola's relations with Israel? And why is Israel doing business with a corrupt man? The Israeli mask of total ethics dropped...

    1. Hi Celia :D!

      It refutes the president's leftist dreams quite well, doesn't it?
      It is horrific to think that there are still humans living under those conditions and, yet, that's what happens.

      And you have heard it well. In Portugal, many are asking about the origins of their wealth; because they weren't rich prior to getting into office...but it is not hard to figure that one out...

      I can only assume that he was sending a message. The question is: to whom?
      Come now, Celia, don't play innocent: every country in the world does business with corrupt leaders. Just look around.

      "In politics nothing is contemptible" - Benjamin Disraeli

      Celia, thank you ever so much for your comment :D.


  3. People actually live in a musseque? Now I know where my donations are NOT going to!

    1. Hi Don :D!

      Yes, unfortunately, they do. You know?

      Thank you so so much for your comment :D.


  4. We all know that countries are for sale, people is for sale;
    (some of these days all of our main media will be hold in this hands)

    this one more country with foreing umbrella.....

    its a real shame what we came in to!

    All the best Max

    1. Ciao G! :D

      All our media in Angolan that's a scary thought.

      "this one more country with foreign umbrella....."

      :) you know it.

      It is shameful indeed.

      Gallardo, thank you so much for your comment :D. You were missed, mate.


  5. His solution to tackle corruption is clear, that dude is a man with a plan! A president who needs to read what he's been doing from a cool! And you guys are telling me that he and his daughter are buying everything in Portugal, how?
    After watching this video I don't think I'll be traveling to Angola any time soon (but the music was tight)...I may head to Mozambique though despite the latest developments: any hotel suggestions, Max?

    1. Hi Adam :D!

      Oh yes, he has a plan to steal from his people even more.
      How is president dos Santos and his daughter buying everything in Portugal? Through corruption...but perhaps you should confirm it with our raised-in-Angola PM first?

      It's kuduro: have you ever heard of it?
      LOL LOL it depends on where you're heading to: Maputo, Beira, Pemba?

      Adam, thank you so much for your great comment :D. Love your sense of humour.


  6. The slum looks to be in better condition than Detroit: Power lines overhead, street lights, satellite TV antennas, houses are generally intact, parked cars don't appear to be abandoned, no gangs of young men hanging out ... ;-)

    1. Hi Looney :D!

      LOL LOL right?
      Humour aside, I was pretty shocked to see how decayed Detroit presently is...what on earth happened there?

      Looney, thank you so much for your comment :D. You know I am a huge fan of your sense of humour.


    2. Max, I think the problem was a lot like what happened in Angola: Populism degenerated into Kleptocracy. Public sector unions were the primary beneficiaries, along with their favored politicians. Journalists were a primary contributor with their never ending praise for those who are corrupt and condemnation of those who are honest.

    3. Looney,

      I hear you. Let's not get started on wouldn't be us lol.

  7. Olá Max,

    First, I do not believe that the funds used to buy Portuguese assets belong to the dos Santos family: they are just a front business. Portugal should probe the true origin of "their" wealth.
    Second, between the Saudis and the Angolans I don't know who is worse to invest in Portugal!
    Third, this was the worst interview I have ever seen: the man lied all the way thru it!
    Fourth, if he loves Lula so much why doesn't he follow his advice? Lula said "Anyone with a conscience cannot be against protests done by the civil society. Democracy is not a pact of silence!"...and yet President dos Santos locks up and tortures protesters and dissidents!
    Fifth, musseques: and whenever President dos Santos and his family need to build private condos they will evict those people, without compensation, and tell them to take their filth elsewhere...

    Trust me: the left wing is not answer! To anything!


    1. Olá Celeste :D!

      1. I actually agree with you. Some people think, and say, they are laundering money through Portugal - do you share this opinion?

      2. No comments.
      3. Agreed.
      4. Spot on! When I read former president Lula's reaction to the protests, this week, I thought of Eduardo dos Santos as well. Good call, Celeste.
      5. They are shameless people! I do not want to imagine what will happen to them when their fall nears.

      Oh, I know that. However, they can be a counter-balance to the right wing's exaggerations.

      Celeste, thank you ever so much for your great comment :D. Always a pleasure.


  8. Max, Leftism is a whole lot of balderdash. Some goons get into positions of power and use leftist policies to exercise power for their own and their coterie's benefit. The rightists are more subtle. They offer democracy as an opiate and buy up the elected gangsters and we all know how that works.

    I am cynical about all systems. The only thing that makes sense to me, is the law of karma. All those who suffer are paying off their karmic debts.

    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      Oh, I agree with you entirely.
      True, the rightists are more subtle (in the way they govern) but at the same time they do not hide their intentions - you know what to expect of them.
      We have a right wing government now, and it is not going as expected yet: but I am willing to vote for them again (anything to keep the socialists out of power).

      LOL You know what? You may be right about the Karma theory...

      Rummy, thank you so so much for your awesome comment :D. Always a pleasure.


  9. Henrique Cymerman damaged his reputation a bit with this interview. It doesn't matter if he was forced or not, hand picked or not...just by being there he put a dent on his image! אח, לא קול!
    And if that man is trying to send a message to Israel after he voted for Palestine in November 29, 2012...he can forget it! His dealings with a certain arms dealer has brought us enough shame!

    1. Hi Ana :D!

      Agreed. LOL not cool, indeed, brother Cymerman.
      Well, business is business; so I feel no shame for what gentleman X did...

      Ana, thank you for your great comment :D. You rock.



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