PORTUGAL: April's Fading Carnation

With a large crowd of dignitaries looking on, Portuguese Foreign Minister Mario Scares last week took a historic step for the world's oldest empire. He signed an agreement in Algiers granting independence to the 600,000 people of the West African territory of Portuguese Guinea, henceforth to be known as Guinea-Bissau. It was the first official move by Portugal to give independence to its African territories, which have been racked by guerrilla war; Angola and Mozambique will be next. And it came four months and a day after a coup in Lisbon paved...

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