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The Lajes Summit, Portugal, Mar 2003

The Lajes Summit, Portugal, Mar 2003

Taken on 2003-03-16

In the middle of the Atlantic, George W. Bush (USA), Tony Blair (UK) and José Maria Aznar (Spain), hosted by the Portuguese prime-minister Durão Barroso, were together in the 16th March 2003 afternoon to a summit that clearly marked the parameters of the new international order, said the analysts. The Azores Declaration on Iraq adopted by the leaders meeting at the Lajes base, which is jointly run by the United States and Portugal, said the position taken by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein weakened the authority of the Security Council. The message was very clear: the time for diplomacy over Iraq had ended. The Lajes base, officially designated Air Base No. 4, is on Terceira, one of the nine islands making up the Azores archipelago, strategically located in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, between the American and European continents.The summit could not have been held in the capitals of any of the three countries without a full-scale military mobilization.

Source: US DoD/José Luís Ávila Silveira/Pedro Noronha e Costa/Wikipedia

Uploaded by Filipa Jorge on 2015-01-23

Carnation Revolution, Portugal (1974)

Carnation Revolution, Portugal (1974)

Taken on 1974-04-25

The Carnation Revolution, also referred to as the 25 April, was a military coup in Lisbon (Portugal), on 25 April 1974 which overthrew the regime of the "Estado Novo". The "Estado Novo" (New State), greatly inspired by conservative and authoritarian ideologies, was developed by António de Oliveira Salazar, ruler of Portugal from 1932 to 1968, when he fell ill and was replaced by Marcelo Caetano. The revolution started as a military coup organized by the "Movimento das Forças Armadas" (Armed Forces Movement, MFA), composed of military officers who opposed the regime. The movement was soon coupled with an unanticipated and popular campaign of civil resistance. The name "Carnation Revolution" comes from the fact that almost no shots were fired and when the population took to the streets to celebrate the end of the dictatorship and war in the colonies, carnations were put into the muzzles of rifles and on the uniforms of the army.

Source: Centro de Documentação 25 de Abril (University of Coimbra)

Uploaded by Filipa Jorge on 2015-01-13