PORTUGAL: A Whiff of Freedom for the Oldest Empire

The signals on the Lisbon radio station sounded innocent enough one night last week. At 10:55 p.m. the air waves hummed with the popular ballad After We Say Goodbye. Two hours later the transmitters beamed another popular song, the lyrics of which included the phrase "dark land." To junior army officers throughout Portugal, soured by the nation's debilitating 13-year war against guerrillas in three African colonies, the messages could not have been clearer. After We Say Goodbye was an alert that this was the night the army would move against the...

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