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Book: Today in History: Portuguese celebrate 43 years of constitutional democracy Santa Maria: Aerospace Airbus to build base to launch satellites into orbit Ciganos: Portuguese Roma in major German photo project Book:
 

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

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

Ciganos: Portuguese Roma in major German photo project – by Len Port

By Len Port, Contributor (*) Romani families in Portugal recently welcomed into their homes a professional German photographer, Florian Schwarz, to take portraits for a unique exhibition to illustrate the diversity of migrant communities across Europe. Schwarz’s focus on Romani people, more commonly known in English as Gypsies and in Portuguese as Ciganos, was the […]

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

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 […]

Fall 2017: Call for Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies – UMass Dartmouth, MA

25 March 2017

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (CPSC) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is seeking candidates for The Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies Fall 2017. Established in 2001 by the CPSC, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/FLAD Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies allows for the appointment of a distinguished scholar, […]

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Posted in Community, Education, Featured, Heritage, Organizations, People

Book: ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ by Raphael Costa – Editor’s Note

23 March 2017

This book examines Portugal’s transition from dictatorship to democracy by focusing on Lourinhã’s urbanization and economic development since 1966. Since 1966, Lourinhã’s urban landscape has transformed as Portugal democratized. From a rural town with little infrastructure and few institutions in 1966, Lourinhã emerged by 2001 as a modern European town. This work highlights key areas […]

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Posted in Arts&Culture, Books, Business, Featured, Heritage, Portugal

Book: ‘The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories’ by Paulo da Costa – Editor’s Note

22 March 2017

The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories is a collection of sudden fiction that compresses its narrative to deliver a variety of stories that alternate the flavor of a philosophical reflection with the whimsical enchantment of a fable with a twist. These stories also often dwell on the strange–and the horror–found in our mundane lives. […]

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Posted in Books, Canada, Community, Featured, Heritage, Interviews, People, Portugal

Lajes: Decontamination of Terceira island soils must be a top priority – Azores

19 March 2017

The President of the Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro,  is concerned that the decontamination of soils on Terceira island, resulting from the US  presence in Lajes Air Base, is not being addressed as a “top priority” by the Portugal/USA Permanent Bilateral Commission. In a prepared statement, President Cordeiro stated that, “[T]he position taken by […]

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Posted in Azores, Featured, Heritage, Organizations, People, Politics, Portugal, World

Education: Portuguese language qualifies for college placement and credit – NEWL

06 March 2017

Effective April 2017, college bound secondary education students in the United States will be able to earn college placement and college credits for Portuguese as a foreign language’. To qualify, students will take the National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL), a test developed by the American Councils for International Education and recognized by the Advanced […]

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Posted in Community, Education, Featured, Heritage, Organizations, Portugal, World

Book: ‘The Lusophone World’ by Sarah Ashby – Editor’s Note

01 March 2017

Portugal’s European Union honeymoon has officially ended. It was the victim of a Europe-wide political and financial crisis and an unstable EU identity increasingly splintered along regional and economic fractures. What does this mean for the former ‘‘good student’’ of European democracy? The answer may lie in renewed Portuguese efforts to deepen and strengthen ties […]

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