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Festas: Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres Feast held May 19-25 – Azores Opinion: Fátima, fake news, conspiracies and black holes – By Len Port BRAVO! Portugal wins Eurovision Song Contest! – Kiev, Ukraine Book: Invitation: Open Letter to the Portuguese-American Community
 

Festas: Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres Feast held May 19-25 – Azores

The 2017 Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, [The Holy Feast of Christ of the Miracles], are taking place on the weekend of May19-25, in Ponta Delgada city, on São Miguel, Azores. According to the “2017 Festivities Program”, the Bishop of Fall River (MA), D. Edgar da Cunha, will officiate the religious celebrations with […]

Opinion: Fátima, fake news, conspiracies and black holes – By Len Port

By Len Port, Contributor (*) While the media focus was on Pope Francis and the centenary celebrations of the miraculous apparitions at Fátima, a Vatican-sponsored academic conference was debating more scientific celestial goings-on. Before getting on to revelations about the papal interest in cosmology and astrophysics, let’s recap on the more down-to-earth issues. Over the […]

BRAVO! Portugal wins Eurovision Song Contest! – Kiev, Ukraine

Portuguese vocalist Salvador Sobral, 27, won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ [Loving for both], giving Portugal its first ever victory at the popular 53 years old competition. The event was broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev to millions of views. The contest was […]

Book: ‘Catherine of Braganza: Charles II’s Restoration Queen’ – Editor’s Note

Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese princess, married Charles II in 1662 and became the merry monarch’s Restoration queen. Yet life for her was not so merry – she put up with the king’s many mistresses and continuous plots to remove her from the throne. She lived through times of war, plague and fire. Catherine’s marriage […]

Invitation: Open Letter to the Portuguese-American Community – PALCUS

In an open letter to the Portuguese-American community, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) warns Portuguese-Americans to be on the alert regarding recent changes in the  US administration and invites all concerned to exercise their civic rights. The letter, published in the May edition of PALCUS’ Online Newsletter, states: Dear Fellow Portuguese-Americans, […]

Film: Portugal represented at the 2017 Panorama Europe Film Festival – MoMI, NYC

01 May 2017

The film Letters from War, by Portuguese director Ivo Ferreira (2016), will be presented Sunday, May 7, at 2:15pm, as part of the 2017 edition of Panorama Europe Film Festival. The screening will take place in the Bartos Screening Room, at the Museum of the Moving Image, in Queens, NYC. Featured in 2016 Berlin Film […]

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Posted in Angola, Arts&Culture, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Heritage, Organizations, People, Portugal, World

Crime: The Madeleine McCann case and the media – By Len Port

01 May 2017

By Len Port, Contributor (*) The most reported and discussed missing person case ever recorded is still not only a highly contentious mystery, but also a personal tragedy that has been turned into a public farce by elements of the media. In the entirely predictable press frenzy surrounding the imminent 10th anniversary of the disappearance, […]

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Book: ‘Ualalapi: Fragments from the End of Empire’ by Esaú Cossa- Editor’s Note

25 April 2017

Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa first published Ualalapi: Fragments from the End of Empire in Portuguese in 1987. Named one of Africa’s hundred best books of the twentieth century, it reflects on Mozambique’s past and present through interconnected narratives related to the last ruler of the Gaza Empire, Ngungunhane. Defeated by the Portuguese in 1895, Ngungunhane […]

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Posted in Arts&Culture, Books, Featured, Heritage, Mozambique, People, Politics, Portugal, World

Today in History: Portuguese celebrate 43 years of constitutional democracy – Portugal

25 April 2017

Since 1974 “Freedom Day” is celebrated in Portugal — April 25 – as a national holiday to mark the bloodless military coup, supported by the civilian population, bringing democracy and civil liberties to the Portuguese people. After almost five decades of dictatorship (1937-1974), the Carnation Revolution, ended the Estado Novo regime, the longest dictatorship in Europe, […]

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Posted in Angola, Azores, Cape Verde, Community, East Timor, Faial, Featured, Guiné-Bissau, Heritage, Madeira, Mozambique, Organizations, People, Politics, Portugal, World

Santa Maria: Aerospace Airbus to build base to launch satellites into orbit – Azores

20 April 2017

The island of Santa Maria in the Azores is being considered by the aerospace company Airbus as a well-positioned place to build a space base from which rockets will launch small earth satellites into orbit, the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, revealed […]

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Posted in Azores, Featured, Heritage, Organizations, People, Portugal, Santa Maria, Terceira

Book: ‘The Paras: Portugal’s First Elite Force in Africa,1961-1974′ – Editor’s Note

18 April 2017

Portuguese paratroopers or “paras” began as a stepchild of the army and found a home in the Portuguese Air Force in 1955. Initially, the post-World War Two Portuguese Army seemed to have had mixed emotions about the need for elite, special-purpose forces that operated in small units with the attendant flexibility and elevated lethality. Shock […]

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