By Aquino De Braganca, Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein
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Portuguese - SA. Collaboration The strategic advantages of Portuguese-South African collaboration are by no means one-sided. Apart from her vast army Portugal has one very import ant contribution to make to the alliance - oil. 5 million tons of oil per year. 75 million tons, this leaves a signi ficant surplus which could be exported to South Africa. N. sanctions and blockades, supply the needs of most of Southern Africa... ' Strategic considerations have also played their part in the rapproche ment between Portugal and the rest of Western Europe.
The sixty most important uranian mines are British and American-owned - and Portugal is one of the world's most important suppliers of uranium. Wolfram production is controlled by British capital. Other less important minerals such as tin, moly bdenum, coal, copper and manganese are all dominated by foreign interests. In other words, almost the entire natural resources of the country are controlled by foreign capital. And so are the service industries: production and distribution of electricity is dominated by SOFINA (USA), urban transport and water distribution are run by British companies, as is inter national radio-telephone communications.
The British industrialists, having considered this an absurd expenditure, decided to ask whether the Portuguese monarch was really ordering from England a solid-gold-made carillon. Simpleminded, the King of pirates, with the inten tion of boasting his wealth, ordered in reply two similar solid-gold-made carillons! Finally, by the end of the 19th Century and during the first 67 years of the 20th, Portugal enjoyed a new period of national grandeur, thanks to the exploitation of the peoples and wealth of her African colonies, more particularly Angola.
African Liberation Reader: Documents of the National Liberation Movements : The Anatomy of Colonialism by Aquino De Braganca, Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein