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Sept. 9, 2000
Economy, Investment and Trade
- United Nations Millennium Summit
USCGC Campbell - Cape Verde Community Project
"Our final port call was in Praia, Cape Verde. Once again, the primary mission here was training with the Cape Verde Coast Guard. Another big part of this port call was a large community relations project at a local school. As many of you may know, New Bedford has a large Cape Verdean-American population who were drawn to the area by the fishing and whaling industries over a century ago. Prior to our departure, the city provided 75 gallons of paint and painting supplies to be used during the project. A delegation from New Bedford met the ship in Praia and arranged the project with local representatives. 70 crewmembers performed about 500 hours of work over two days completely repainting the five room schoolhouse, cleaning up the schoolyard and repairing the school's furniture."
- "PALOPS: (African Countries with Portuguese as the Official Language)
- A potential market"
- Integrated profile of Santo Antao (Cape Verde) : environment, poverty, women - World Resources Institute (WRI) Sustainable Development Information Service (SDIS) - Strategies, action plans, and assessments. - The Sustainable Development Information Service (SDIS) provides country-level data about sustainable development and the environment. SDIS helps users identify and locate the best available information and in many cases provides direct access to online resources.
- Country Commercial Guides for FY 2000: Cape Verde - Report prepared by U.S. Embassy, Praia, released July 1999 - Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis. The CCG's were established by recommendation of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a multi-agency task force, to consolidate various reporting documents prepared for the U.S. business community.
Innovative Technology and Methods
- Power Concepts in Africa - Legacy Magazine, Publisher of social, cultural and economic news and information about Africa by Africans, Africanists and the Diaspora for the education and development of Africa.
"In the first article of this series I explored the concept of power in Africa's glorious empires of the past: Ancient Egypt, Kush, Ghana, Mali , and Songhay. In the following section, I will bring the focus on African concepts of power during the last five hundred years. The successive invasions, the slave trade and colonialism have profoundly altered the continent. Worse yet, they have changed the way Africans conceived power. Power needs institutions for its transmission and its survival. Certainly, the slave trade and colonialism are no longer Africa's besetting problems. However, these two phenomena have introduced a plethora of lingering issues to the African continent and are still in an indirect manner shaping African lives. The blind adoption of institutions inherited from colonialism in the period following African independences has created an ambivalence towards African culture in some areas and utter confusion in others. To our knowledge there has never been a serious and constructive debate on any African soil of the suitability of these institutions inherited from another age. This failure to analyze these institutions has been very costly because these grafted institutions produced very poor results in many instances. The dictatorships and other state gangsterisms that disgraced the continent in our life time are direct end results of this neglect."
- Beating Malthus on the Cape Verde Islands -
Annababette Wils, Centre for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Islander Magazine
- 1996-13 - Chapter 6 Efficiency of EU Programme Food Aid: Management and Operational Issues - from a report presenting the findings of a study of European Union food aid to developing countries, focusing on programme food aid. The study has been the first joint evaluation of an aspect of EU development co-operation including both national actions of Member States and Community Actions organised by the European Commission on behalf of the Union. It was undertaken for the Working Group of Heads of Evaluation of EU Member States and was supervised by a Steering Group Committee (SGC) of the same.
- The Food Aid Charter in the Sahel - "Food aid has been the subject of heated debate since the early 1980s. It has been increasingly criticised in terms of both theory and practice. Although it is acknowledged that food aid is essential to feed populations in exceptional crises, it has been widely criticised for:
- Changing food habits,
- Creating an attitude of reliance on aid, and
- Disrupting trade channels, since distributions of free aid and aid priced well below local market prices compete with producers and discourage farming intensification efforts."
- Cape Verde Bets on Water from Mist - Coraf Action no. 11, April-June 1999 - Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles
- New Models, Paradigms, Approaches, ...
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Cultural, Political, Historical
- Cape Verde - Small scale tuna fishing and processing - Photographs by Jan van Veen
EU Legislation - Agreement 290A0809(01) between the European Economic Community and the Republic of Cape Verde on fishing off the coast of Cape Verde - Protocol establishing the fishing rights and financial compensation provided for in the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Republic of Cap Verde on fishing off the coast of Cape Verde
- Declaration by Cape Verde - The Law of the Sea: Declarations and statements with respect to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and to the Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
- Mr. José Luis Jesus elected Judge on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea - (New York, 24 May, 1999) Today, the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, filled the places of seven of the 21 Judges whose terms of office end on 1 October 1999. They re-elected the following Judges for a nine year term: Joseph Akl (Lebanon), Paul Bamela Engo (Cameroon), P. Chandrasekhara Rao (India), Anatoly Lazarevich Kolodkin (Russian Federation), Vicente Marotta Rangel (Brazil), and Rüdiger Wolfrum (Germany). In addition, they elected Mr. José Luis Jesus (Cape Verde). - International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
- The "ten stars fallen from heaven" - An interview with Viviane Li╦vre, author of "Cape Verde, a Musical Journey in the Archipelago".
"The main reason why I deeply admire this people is that it has been able to resist in such a tough environment. Daily life is very often a question of survival. Resources are scarce. The subsoil does not conceal any richness. Fishing is the only lucrative activity. Without international aid and the money sent by exiled Cape Verdeans, life would almost be impossible. In spite of this harshness, music is omnipresent. It is very sensual and often mistakenly compared to fado. Funanř music, which, according to Jean-Yves Loude, is "a succession of popular chronicles in which sexual performances reply to the offences of misery", has nothing to do with salsa. Its rhythms are completely different.
I admire these people for their savoir vivre and the serenity they show in any occasion in spite of the difficulties they meet in their everyday life."
- CV Music World -
MP3s, News, Chat, Photos, ...
"The coladeira is a morna in high gear with influences from Brazilian samba, and Latin cumbia . Its name comes from the word cola - "glue" in Portuguese - because the couples dancing it look like they are stuck together. Coladeira went electric in the late 60's but Cesaria's "Bia Lulucha" features a very Creole clarinet amidst a '70s style rhythm section. "Rosinha," played by the Netherlands-based group Livity, is a modernized coladeira heavily influenced by French Caribbean pop. It rules Cape Verdean dance floors from Massachusetts to Cape Verde Island. FunanĚ hails from the island of Santiago, which was the center of the Cape Verdean slave trade. Under the colonial regime, funanĚ was only heard in the countryside and disparaged as "folklore" by the urban middle class. The funanĚ was especially unpopular with the Portuguese colonial powers for its obliquely political lyrics. In the 1980s, plugged-in funanĚ became one of the most popular Cape Verdean styles" - from "A Little History of Capeverdean Music" at CV Music World
- Portugal and Her Empire: 1497-1997
"In the last years of the Portuguese dictatorship, in the early 1970s, the idea was widely floated of a Lusophone commonwealth, which might replace the empire in a spirit of co-operation, and also include Brazil. In the first years after the crisis of 1974-1976, Portugal acted in a spirit of considerable withdrawal from its former responsibilities. In 1979, an organisation of the five former African colonies, now known by the strange acronym of the PALOPs, came into being. In 1996, after many delays and discussions, this was extended into a full commonwealth, the CPLP, of all seven nations--Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome e Principe. East Timor awaits membership. When it joins, the CPLP will span all the continents.
"The fledgling organisation faces many problems. It has nothing like the international weight of the British Commonwealth or the Erancophonie. Its financial resources are meagre, the economic links between the members weak. For this reason, its stated functions are mainly confined to the cultural. But, of the much-vaunted two hundred million native speakers of Portuguese, fully a half are thought to be absolutely or functionally illiterate. The executive secretary of the organisation, the former Angolan premier, Marcolino Moco, is pressing for a total lowering of barriers and freedom of movement which would make the CPLP similar in form to the KU, but this dream is a long way from being fulfilled."
- CPLP- Comunidade dos Pa╠ses de L╠ngua Portuguesa
A CPLP ╚ uma organiza┴ôo internacional, criada em 17 de Julho de 1996, com Sede em Lisboa e constitu╠da pelos seguintes Estados Membros:
- Sôo Tom╚ e Pr╠ncipe
- The Fortune of the Fortunates - The islands and the Atlantic system
The Atlantic is more than just an immense mass of water sprinkled with islands, since there is a long historic tradition attached to it which goes back to Ancient Times, from whence resulted its baptismal name. Here we come across a polyfaceted group of islands and archipelagos which became prominent in the historic process of the Ocean, almost always as intermediaries between the high seas and coastal ports of the European, African and American continents.
- A list of weather and climate studies authored or coauthored by Denise de Brum Ferreira - Centro de Estudos Geograficos - Univesidade de lisboa
- "Seabirds off Senegal, West Africa: 2 (African Bird Club)Little Shearwater, Puffinus assimilis: In October 1996, when the largest numbers were recorded, the daily maxima were 13 and 17 on 10 and 12 October. All were of the race boydi which breeds on the Cape Verde Islands, where the population is probably several 1000s."
Capeverdean Diaspora Communities
- Bradt Travel Guides - Cape Verde. An up-to-date, popular guide to travelling to and in the Cape Verde Islands.
- Lonely Planet - Cape Verde"The islands of the Cape Verde archipelago are windy, hilly and dry - almost lunar - and beyond that they're fairly sleepy. But there's beauty in them thar parched hills. And some of the islands are actually lush. There's good diving and hiking, lively nightlife and plenty of quiet corners to hide away in. Islanders mix up African, Portuguese, Mediterranean and Latin influences and come out with a flavour that's distinctly 'Cabo.' Package tourism has gained a foothold, but Cape Verde is still independent and unspoiled."
- Big Game Sport Fishing
- Sportfishing Adventures, Inc. - Cape Verde
Dossier Guinea Bissau - International Fides Service – June 19th 1998 - No 4102 - NE 417 -
Paul Pena Web Site - a tribute to Paul Pena, extraordinary musician and human being...the star of an Oscar-nominated film, "Genghis Blues", about his journey to Tuva, made by Roko and Adrian Belic .
"As a young child, Paul soon showed his talent for music. His mother heard him picking out melodies and chords on a baby grand piano that had been found in the town dump and brought home, 'as a toy that a blind child might enjoy.' He developed 'perfect pitch.' Soon Paul was studying the piano, guitar, upright bass, violin and 'a little trumpet.' He played and sang popular jazz and Cape Verdian ballads with his father, a professional jazz musician, and also sang in his school choruses. Paul appeared in a talent show, and while in college, performed in coffeehouses in Worcester."
- The Religious Society of Friends. Facts and Observations Relative to the Participation of American Citizens in the African Slave Trade. Philadelphia: Joseph & William Kite, 1841. - Mystic Seaport - Exploring AMISTAD at Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport's World Wide Web site entitled "Exploring AMISTAD: Race and the Boundaries of Freedom in Antebellum Maritime America" collects historical resources relating to the revolt of enslaved Africans aboard the Schooner Amistad off the coast of Cuba in 1839 and their subsequent struggle for freedom in the courts of the United States. The web site opens electronic access to a substantial body of primary historical source material and offers historical analysis of the episode's racial, social, cultural, political and international dimensions. It includes an educational component that develops sample curricular material using the project's primary materials, and invites and incorporates interactive, organic participation in the project on the part of scholars, museum experts, teachers and learners. This last component of the web site includes tracking a parallel project at Mystic Seaport for which separate grant funding has been secured: the historical reconstruction of the Amistad as an exhibit and learning center.
- NEWPORT, R.I. & TRIANGLE TRADE: THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF THE RHODE ISLAND SLAVE TRADE
- "The Slave Route"
UNESCO Triangular Slave Trade Project"
"The burning issues of today's world-development, human rights, cultural pluralism - are strongly influenced by a "black hole" in the history of humanity: the slave trade. The ultimate symbol of violence, this three-way trade has long been passed over in silence or furtively described in the history books as just another episode in European-African relations. The historical and moral significance of this attempt to obscure historical fact is underscored by the words of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel: "The executioner always kills twice - the second time with his silence". Wrapped in an all-pervading silence, conducted with extreme violence, casting a disturbing light on the values of the societies in which it arose, and engendering powerful interactions, the Atlantic slave trade is indeed comparable to that invisible matter which astrophysicists claim fills the greater part of the universe, and whose presence accounts for the movement of all celestial bodies."
June 5, 2000
- Recent News on CABONET
CaboNet is a web-based news service.
- Navio "Paul" apreendido nos EUA por alegado tráfico de droga [30 Junho]
- A Convenção do MPD teve inicío [29 Junho]
- Rede Móvel em todos os Concelhos de CV [29 Junho]
- Inaugurada a 2ª Fase do Cais da Ilha do Maio [29 Junho]
- Deputados que denunciaram o "Caso Enacol" saem do MPD [28 Junho]
- Escolas Básica vão ter Biblioteca/Internet [28 Junho]
- Hospital de S.Vicente vai ter mais um ecógrafo [28 Junho]
- Cavaquinho no Paúl (S.Antão) vai ser reabilitado [28 Junho]
- Futebol: Selecção Nacional prepara-se para receber a Libéria [28 Junho]
- Jacinto Santos sai do MPD [27 Junho]
- Assaltos em Monte Sossego - S.Vicente [27 Junho]
- Emigrantes da Brava encontram-se com o Presidente da Câmara [27 Junho]
- José Maria Neves é o novo Líder do PAICV [26 Junho]
- Gualberto do Rosário contra-ataca com as profanações [26 Junho]
- CV tem mais um cabo submarino [26 Junho]
- Corsino Tolentino na Gulbenkian [26 Junho]
- Futebol: Resultados dos Campeonatos Regionais [26 Junho]
- Governo cria novo instituto para os emigrantes [23 Junho]
- Ilha da Brava Melhor Iluminada [23 Junho]
- Channel Africa
News from africa via shortwave, satellite and internet radio - daily online txt version also.
- BBC World Service - Portuguese Africa
Benvindo ao site da Secção de Língua Portuguesa do Serviço Mundial da BBC
Feb. 4, 2000
- Cabo Verde
- Capeverdean America
- Daddy Grace
"Sweet Daddy" Grace, one of the most charismatic and colorful of the "Black Messiahs" of early twentieth-century America, a native of the Capeverdean island of Brava. (updated)
- Preserving Landscapes and Cultures
"Cape Verdeans began arriving on Cape Cod from their island homes off the coast of Africa in the late 1800s and initially found work on whaling boats. As that industry died out, many turned to harvesting cranberries in Cape bogs - one industry where discrimination did not bar their participation. The labor was arduous and the workers notoriously underpaid. John Raneo, whose father and grandparents immigrated from Cape Verde, worked as a young man in the bogs. "It was very hard work, hand-scooping the cranberries," says the retired ex-chief of the Harwich police. "It's all done with machines now," he adds. "You can't find anyone who'll work in a bog."
"In fact, it's getting harder to find Cape Verdeans on Cape Cod these days because of a dearth of jobs in any industry. "Most of the Cape Verdeans have left to get work," says Raneo. Like the Wampanoags, Portuguese, and Portuguese-Americans, Cape Verdeans have traditionally earned a living from the sea. Hard times in New England fisheries have forced an exodus from a home port and a way of life for all these communities."
- "My hair, my way" - "Tropical Unisex Salon offers multicultural styling in an atmosphere as comfortable as home" (The Standard Times)
"The Tropical Unisex Salon is a popular gathering place, a destination as inviting as home but as vibrant as a nightclub. It is a unisex salon, but more men than women make their way here. It is a family-oriented establishment, serving kids, their teen-age siblings, those teens' cousins, aunts, uncles and so on. Haircuts range from $5 to $35 and the salon is open Tuesday through Saturday. On Fridays and Saturdays, a constant stream of patrons comes and goes.
"On this particular Saturday, the island rhythm of a Creole beat is background music to the buzzing of clippers, the grating of shears and the moan of the hairdryer. The air is perfumed with the mangoed fragrance of sweet shampoos and the intoxicating aroma of aloe-spiced shaving creams.
"Six stylists, bending over their clients, carry on in three different languages as splices of hair slowly drift to the black and white checkered floor. Spanish, English and Creole voices engage in the groove, creating a vibe as flavorful as a family barbecue on a sunny afternoon."
Jan. 21, 2000
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