AFRICA: The Persistent Empire

At the end of its 28th session last week, the U.N. General Assembly adopted overwhelmingly* a resolution declaring that Portugal represents only its European population and not the peoples of its three African territories —Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique. A month earlier the Assembly had formally recognized the rebel government of Guinea-Bissau by 93 to 7 (with 30 abstentions). Both actions were purely academic, since the Portuguese are still firmly in control in all three territories. But they called attention, as they were intended to do, to the brush-fire wars that are simmering in the African domains of Europe's last—and...

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