The voice of Experience

30 Ago , 2011  

Photo with an old sweet man in Beira, Mozambique. His story as he kept explaining was nothing special… he had been only a political prisioner – 1963. For him this is really nothing… For the first time he told the full story to someone. His grandaugther (my master student) learnt for the first time what happened.. and why he always told them please do not get involve in politics. 89 years old…


Depois de Quelimane

25 Ago , 2011  


Confesso que nem sei se hoje é quarta ou quinta… não interessa. Ontem estive em Quelimane e assisti à inauguração das novas instalações da Universidade Católica de Moçambique, um antigo colégio recuperado. A cerimónia foi looonga mas emocionante. Hoje já em Nampula assisti ao lançamento da campanha Direito ao Respeito da UCM. Ri-me e disfarcei umas lagrimazitas com as várias cenas de teatros feitas pelos alunos.

Antes de Queliname

23 Ago , 2011  


On the road to Quelimane… as respostas a quanto tempo demora a viagem variam de cinco a oito horas… o que será será 🙂

Almost there…

16 Jul , 2011   Video

July 18, Mr. Mandela’s birthday. In 2009, when I left South Africa I wrote to friends: The Doctorate Marathon is over. Five years of academic struggle and lots of life experiences have passed. I had the privilege of having South Africa as host country. I say privilege because, as a researcher in the fields of politics and democratization, being able to experience a democratization process in motion.

Congratulations South Sudan

9 Jul , 2011  

From today South Sudan is the new African independent Country. The 193rd country recognized by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa.

Read more here.

I am keen…

13 Jun , 2011  

In Rome attending a roundtable meeting on the Arab ‘revolutions’. I am keen to the dinner with a representative of Syria’s opposition in exile.

Carnation Revolution

25 Abr , 2011  

The third wave of democratization in the modern world began, implausibly and unwittingly, at 25 min after midnight, thursday, April 25th, 1974, in Lisbon, Portugal, when a radio station played the song ‘Grandola Vila Morena” Samuel Huntington. It was the end of a long authoritarian regime and of the colonial war. Today we celebrate our transition for democracy, poetically called the Carnation revolution 🙂

Demissão Histórica

17 Mar , 2011  

Presidente do Conselho Constitucional Moçambicano demitiu-se por alegado uso abusivo de bens do Estado. Segundo a Rádio Moçambique ‘é a primeira vez que um governante em Moçambique renuncia ao poder depois de forte pressão da imprensa’.


Parliaments in Africa: Representative Institutions in the Land of the ‘Big Man’

24 Fev , 2011  

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This paper analyses the perceptions among survey participants, of African parliaments and presidents and examines their citizens’ attitudes towards the coexistence of these two institutions. It aims to determine the way citizens rate their parliaments compared with their presidents. It further seeks to answer the question of whether Africa remains the continent of the ‘big man’, where absolute power lies with an individual, feeding clientelistic relationships. In the decades following the transitions to independence, most of the continent was marked by a proliferation of monoparty regimes; in many cases, these were almost one-man regimes. A majority of the leaders symbolised, at an early stage of independence, the birth of the nation itself. Many times these presidents have sought to extend their incumbency perpetually. However, over the last two decades this scenario has changed considerably. Monoparty parliaments have been replaced by multiparty parliaments and executives, and presidents have found themselves needing to share their leadership of the nation with parliamentarians. Not much is known about how these emerging parliaments have been operating, but the little that is known tells us that they have faced a lack of institutionalisation and still struggle to assert their independence from strong executives. It is therefore reasonable to expect that parliaments will be perceived as dormant institutions in the public eye.

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20 Fev , 2011   Video

In Lybia the revolution will not be televised… let’s hope that will continue to be internetised.