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Autor:  Miguel Vieira
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  31/MAI/2003 2:26 PM
Assunto:  Re: Portuguese is not crappy
 
Mensagem:  Jose, Mozambique is indeed a member of the Palop organization. The remaining 4 members are Angola, Cabo Verde, Santo Tome e Principe and Guine Bissau. They all got their independence from Portugal in 1975, only 28 years ago. Moreover, unlike Brazil, in all these African countries, there are national languages besides Portuguese. However, for political reasons Portuguese was adopted as THE official language. In my country, for instance, the national language is KABUVERDIANU. Virtually all of the people speak it at all times. I would say that only about 20 percent of the population speak the official language - Portuguese - as well as a native portuguese speaker. About 15 percent of them (elite) attended colleges in Portugal. The rest 5 percent, believe it or not, attended Brazilian colleges. They pretty much run the country. For the most part they are PUPPETS of the former colonialists grandsons and daughters. This is clearly evident in the way things are done in Cabo Verde. Grandsons and daughters of the formers colonialists have returned to rule the country again. It's neo-colonialism.... This has been going on since 1991 with the privatization of state enterprises. The access to the privatization bids was supposed to be given to any country that showed interest. Although other countries showed interest, they were denied entry in the end. Who got all the bids? PORTUGAS!!! The situation in the other former colonies is very similar. As for the former British Colonies, I would say that the resentment is not so great. Differences in British and American English is not so great after all. In addition, they have more "space". More than 30 countries have English has the official language. Portuguese, however, has only seven, and pretty much all of them, with the exception of Brazil (considering its numbers) are insignificant. You see, it's all about strategy.... And by the way, given the fact that the ruling class in Cabo Verde can only speak Portuguese fluently, they are nonetheless "held by the balls" by the portuguese imperialists. If they were to master English they would have greater opportunities of freeing themselves. They would, for example, have a greater say at those IMF and WORLD BANK meetings as opposed to having an interpreter who is almost always pro-imperialism (interpreters are provided by the IMF and WORLD BANK). You know very well whose interests the IMF and the WORLD BANK have in mind. Regards, -Miguel Vieira


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Portuguese is not crappy  –  Camacho  28/MAI/2003, 1:14 AM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Rodolfo  28/MAI/2003, 9:37 AM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Camacho  09/MAI/2004, 1:38 AM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Santos  28/MAI/2003, 11:17 AM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  José Roberto  28/MAI/2003, 1:52 PM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Camacho  31/MAI/2003, 3:08 PM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Lucas  31/MAI/2003, 6:20 PM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Miguel Vieira  29/MAI/2003, 4:55 PM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  José Roberto  29/MAI/2003, 11:28 PM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Jonas  30/MAI/2003, 9:59 AM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Anonymous visitor  30/MAI/2003, 11:13 AM
Re:To Jonas  –  José Roberto  31/MAI/2003, 12:10 AM
Re:To Jonas  –  Jonas  31/MAI/2003, 9:47 AM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Miguel Vieira  30/MAI/2003, 5:11 PM
Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  José Roberto  30/MAI/2003, 10:51 PM
 Re: Portuguese is not crappy  –  Miguel Vieira  31/MAI/2003, 2:26 PM

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