AFRICA: Revolt of the Toothless Dragons

It took Portugal more than 500 years to acquire its African empire—and less than six months to get rid of most of it. Last week Portuguese Guinea formally received its independence under the name of Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique was granted a black-dominated government. Angola alone of the old empire remains under full Portuguese control, largely because Lisbon does not know to whom it should hand over the keys of government.

The transfer of power has not made everyone happy, and Portugal's President António de Spínola, whose colleagues had overridden his pledge that...

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