LISBON -- How the roles have reversed: The colonizer, some Portuguese contend, has been colonized.On the Portuguese coast of Cascais, where the nation's royal court used to summer, a new 14-story condominium building looms confidently by the sea. So many of its apartments have been bought by Angola's ruling class -- sometimes a handful at a time -- that the development has a nickname: the "Angolans' building."Along the grandest shopping boulevard in the capital, Lisbon, Angola's elite buy designer suits and handbags by the armful. And on one corner, above Louis Vuitton, sits the local office of Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, a billionaire from Angola who has become one of Portugal's most powerful figures by buying large chunks of the country's banking, media and energy industries.The money flowing into Portugal comes from the colony it dominated, often brutally, for hundreds of years, Angola. Now, the African nation is a major oil producer that has been led for the last 38 years by Ms. dos Santos's father, President José Eduardo dos Santos.Angola's ruling class has profited so much during his tenure -- and channeled so much of that money into Portugal -- that when Angola threatened to cut off ties in recent years in response to reports that Angolan officials were being investigated for corruption in Portugal, Portugal's foreign minister promptly apologized, setting off an intercontinental debate about the changing power dynamics between the nations.
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What propaganda mind swallowing is that comment about Putin. The US is world champion on interference.
Likewise the EU is taking over the G5 Sahel as a European issue will have long term consequences.
In the weeks leading up to the coup, tens of thousands of opposition supporters had taken to the streets to protest against a disputed parliamentary election, persistent economic woes and a spiralling security crisis that erupted in 2012, when a previous coup allowed northern Tuareg separatists, allied with an al-Qaeda offshoot, to take advantage of the political instability and briefly seize large swaths of land in the north.That loss of territory precipitated the currently devolving situation, with armed groups linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda capitalising on intercommunal tensions as they jockey for control of Mali's semi-arid centre.But along with the hope of the social and political reforms demanded during the mass anti-Keita protests, the reality of the continuing conflicts in the country's vast north and central regions remains. And while the coup has cast into uncertainty Mali's political future, it has also raised fears the effects of the upheaval could further spill beyond the country's borders and threaten the wider region.
Thanks to Google Translate, I read the French article... Is it just me, or just French, or has Google Translate really got better? (Serious question, folks!)
...as an Amer-ee-can, I'm expected to be a little slow on the uptake, no? Thank for all the info, jax. I agree the area and its united front organization is important and worthwhile. Which makes the latest coup in Mali problematical...
I don't know how long the US will have the stamina to continue the War on Terror
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