Between the 1st and 5th centuries AD, Bantu-speaking peoples migrated from farther north and west. Swahili, and later also Arab, commercial ports existed along the coasts until the arrival of Europeans. The area was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal from 1505. After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975, becoming the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter. After only two years of independence, the country descended into an intense and protracted civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. In 1994, Mozambique held its first multiparty elections and has remained a relatively stable presidential republic.
At the time of the song's release, the titular country of Mozambique had just emerged from a ten-year insurgency war against Portugal which led to Mozambique's independence. As a result, some left wing supporters wanted to see the song as lending support to the newly independent country. However, the lyrics of the song don't support such an interpretation, being slight and treating the country as merely a place for a romantic getaway in the sun, apart from a fleeting reference to "people living free". This angered some of Dylan's fans. Music critic Paul Williams suggests that "Mozambique" may have had its genesis in Dylan's desire to write a song about Marseilles.
The melody received more praise than the lyrics. Robert Shelton describes the tune as "playful." Authors Oliver Trager and John Nogowski both describe the melody as "great" and particularly praise the violin playing of Scarlet Rivera.
Tom Bowker, founder and editor of the Mozambique-focused website Zitamar News, said Tuesday on Twitter that authorities had expelled and banned him from the country for 10 years...Borges Nhamire, a researcher in Maputo with Mozambique's independent Center for Public Integrity, said the country’s laws restrict foreign ownership of domestic media.
A�new fisheries law�enacted this month in Mozambique is being hailed as a landmark by conservationists ... “This is a huge step for Mozambique; a huge step for organizations like us, and also for the communities,” said EmersonNeves, project manager at Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), one of the NGOs that lobbied for expanded protections.
The EU has indicated it will provide military training for Mozambique’s troops as well as medical and humanitarian support, if international human rights and the rule of law are adhered to ... However, by mid-December Mozambique’s negotiations with both bodies had started to falter, despite the urgency of the situation ... “We have problems in Mozambique.
Motsoaledi made the remarks at a press briefing about immigration matters and border law enforcement under the adjusted COVID-19 level-three lockdown ... adding that they will be deployed at the border posts with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini, Lesotho, and Botswana.
The speaker of the parliament of Zimbabwe, AdvocateJacobFrancis Mudenda moved a motion exhorting the plenary to condemn “the terrorist attacks in the Republic of Mozambique which are threatening the country’s security and sovereignty and undermining efforts to consolidate the rule of law and democracy” ... Mozambique is our neighbour.
It’s been nearly a year since her husband, son and brother-in-law were beheaded by Islamist militants waging a brutal insurgency in northern Mozambique... (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga / AFP). “I managed to escape,” she told AFP, struggling to speak about her loss ... – ‘I can’t eat or sleep’ –.
(CNN)What do you do when your country is torn between decriminalizing abortion and maintaining its colonial abortion laws? Start a debate ...Abortion law ... Other African countries, including Mozambique and Ethiopia, have relaxed abortion laws that allow girls under the age of 18 to seek abortions, and pregnancies of up to 16 weeks to be terminated.