China and the “New Scramble” for Africa: (What is “new” about this?)

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Imperialism: The Robinson and Gallagher controversy: WM. Roger Louis (ed.)

Silvester Percival

Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2015

Imperialism: The Robinson and Gallagher Controversy, a collection of essays edited by Wm. Roger Louis, stands as a monument to the enormous achievement of Ronald Robinson and John Gallagher’s work on the theories of imperialism. The book emphasizes the main historiographical contributions made by Robinson and Gallagher, and brings to bear the most important critiques made by historians in related fields writing in the years following the first appearance of Robinson and Gallagher’s work. The introductory chapter by Louis, as well as the essays contained thereafter, make clear that Robinson and Gallagher’s main contributions also became the most contested issues. Challenging the established theory of economic imperialism in a coherent manner not only altered the way historians understood imperialism, but also provoked strong criticism from those unwilling to subscribe to the new concepts presented. Informal empire; strategic imperatives; collaboration; peripheral crises; imperial continuity – each of these terms hint at the complex ideas Robinson and Gallagher developed in their ground-breaking attempt to create a unified theory of British imperialism.

A key weakness of Robinson and Gallagher’s work, however, is their attempt to extrapolate the theory of British imperialism to the other European powers. The authors often overlooked detail and nuance in favor of sustaining a general theory. The majority of the critical responses in Imperialism, therefore, respond to Robinson and Gallagher’s failure to account for the specific and the particular – the various facts, details, or historical interpretations which compromise their theory. Moreover, as Victor Kiernan argues, the authors’ focus on the “official mind” skews the evidence. Such a methodological approach, according to Kiernan, indicates the rationale of imperial expansion but does not provide evidence of underlying causes, particularly the economic motivations that were rarely committed to paper. Nevertheless, Robinson and Gallagher’s contribution stands as a significant achievement. Their work pioneered new concepts, posed new questions, and changed the way a generation of historians understood the theories of imperialism. The compilation into one volume of the most important critiques of Robinson and Gallagher’s work reflects this achievement and gives Imperialism its enduring value.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Viewpoints (January 1, 1976)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 252 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0531055825
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0531055823
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces

G7 Nations To Offset China’s Belt & Road Initiative


Difference Frames the World

The video mentioned | China-Africa Relationship: https://youtu.be/0X0MU6FZUfs
China’s Belt and Road initiative is an infrastructure program launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping involving development, port, road, rail and digital projects in Asia, Africa and Europe. According to Refinitiv, China had more than 2,600 projects at the cost of $3.7 trillion, linked to the Belt and Road Initiative as of mid-2020. However, due to the covid 19 Pandemic, 20% of the projects have been affected seriously.

Africa Is Bigger Than America! That Is Why China Does Not Care!


Difference Frames the World

China’s aid to Africa is not charity, but it is also ridiculous to think that it is an act of naked imperialism. Many Westerners may argue that China is implementing a new Marshall Plan in Africa, as the US did in west Europe 7 decades ago, and that China is trying to convert them to its alliance, similar to the US and NATO. Western media constantly stigmatize China for setting African countries up with its financial traps because Western powers do not want to see a strong partnership between China and Africa.

Inside the U.S. Capitol at the height of the siege | Visual Forensics


Washington Post

At 2:12 p.m. on Jan. 6, supporters of President Trump began climbing through a window they had smashed on the northwest side of the U.S. Capitol. “Go! Go! Go!” someone shouted as the rioters, some in military gear, streamed in. It was the start of the most serious attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. The mob coursed through the building, enraged that Congress was preparing to make Trump’s electoral defeat official. “Drag them out! … Hang them out!” rioters yelled at one point, as they gathered near the House chamber. Officials in the House and Senate secured the doors of their respective chambers, but lawmakers were soon forced to retreat to undisclosed locations. Five people died on the grounds that day, including a Capitol police officer. In all, more than 50 officers were injured. To reconstruct the pandemonium inside the Capitol, The Washington Post examined text messages, photos and hundreds of videos, some of which were exclusively obtained. By synchronizing the footage and locating some of the camera angles within a digital 3-D model of the building, The Post was able to map the rioters’ movements and assess how close they came to lawmakers — in some cases feet apart or separated only by a handful of vastly outnumbered police officers

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The Ancient Greeks: Crucible of Civilization – Episode 1: Revolution (History Documentary)

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The Ancient Greeks: Crucible of Civilization – Episode 1: Revolution (History Documentary) It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the Fourth and Fifth Centuries BC, the Greeks built an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean from Asia to Spain. They laid the foundations of modern science, politics, warfare and philosophy, and produced some of the most breathtaking art and architecture the world has ever seen. This series, narrated by Liam Neeson, recounts the rise, glory, demise and legacy of the empire that marked the dawn of Western civilization. The story of this astonishing civilization is told through the lives of heroes of ancient Greece. The latest advances in computer and television technology rebuild the Acropolis, recreate the Battle of Marathon and restore the grandeur of the Academy, where Socrates, Plato and Aristotle forged the foundation of Western though. The series combines dramatic storytelling, stunning imagery, new research and distinguished scholarship to render classical Greece gloriously alive. EPISODE 1: THE REVOLUTION

The first part tells the story of the troubled birth of the world’s first democracy, ancient Athens, through the life of an Athenian nobleman, Cleisthenes. In the brutal world of the 5th century BC, the Athenians struggle against a series of tyrants and their greatest rival, Sparta, to create a new “society of equals.” This documentary makes history entertaining as well as educational. Beautifully photographed, using reenactments, paintings, maps, pottery, metalwork, and “living statues” to take the viewer on a vicarious journey through ancient Greece. Episode one, The Revolution, begins at the dawn of democracy in 508 B.C., with the revolution of the common people against aristocratic rule. The film then travels further back in time to chronicle the key events leading up to the revolution. As the camera roams ancient ruins, the Greek countryside, and old stone roads, the viewer learns that the inhabitants of Greece once lived in mud houses with no sewage and frequently fell prey to disease and warfare.

Unable to write, they memorized their works of literature in order to pass them on to the next generation. Over time, their hardship and learning whetted their appetite for freedom. After rule by tyrants of the aristocratic class and a struggle for power, Cleisthenes (570-507 B.C.), himself an aristocrat, sided with the common people of Athens and brought democracy into being. From this beginning, western democracy developed and flourished. All the while during their early maturation into a Mediterranean power, Athens and other city-states had to live with the threat of war from expansionist Sparta as well as the vast Persian Empire. But democracy had taken root, and it proved in the long run to be a greater force than the mightiest of armies. The program closes on the eve of the new society’s first great test: invasion by the mighty empire of Persia.

BBC World Service – Newshour, G7 summit: Spending plan to rival China adopted

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172xv5481pjhnv

G7 leaders seeking to rival China have adopted a plan to support lower- and middle-income countries in building better infrastructure. In a statement at their summit in the English county of Cornwall, the G7 leaders said they would offer a “values-driven, high-standard and transparent” partnership. However, details of how the plan will be financed remain unclear.

mom says class assignment exposes liberal agenda in schools


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Sally Phillips ‘shocked’ by daughter’s problem-solving assignment portraying conservatives as negative.

How will China feed 1.4 billion people? China’s next big boom: AgriTech and FoodTech


Pascal Coppens

Published on Jun 14, 2021

#China #AgriTech #FoodTech This video talks about the enormous historical, social and geographical problems for China to feed 1.4 billion people. To solve their challenges, China is investing in AgriTech and FoodTech. Due to a changing Chinese consumer mentality on healthy and safe food, a commercial market opportunity for e-commerce platforms and a high-priority of Beijing’s policymakers, AgriTech and FoodTech could become the biggest growth market this decade. Foreign companies in this sector and investors globally should learn about China’s obsession with agricultural industry to not miss the market window.

00:00 AgriTech introduction 00:37 Yuan Longping, father of hybrid rice 01:29 Food is like heaven for Chinese 02:07 China is agricultural country 03:27 China only has 7% of arable land 04:20 China is largest meat producer in the world 05:28 Grains to feed the country 08:31 China’s agricultural challenges 13:38 China’s new food models and priorities 16:03 Technology in agriculture 18:56 Agritech and foodtech 2.0 23:31 10 year window for investors in Agritech in China

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Localnost, Lucia Grejtakova, World Localization Day 2021


Local Futures

Published on Jun 17, 2021

Lucia Grejtakova, co-founder of the Slovak/Czech NGO Localnost.org , reflects on what it means to go local. Localnost.org, an initiative started by a group of friends, shares the concept of localization, document local projects and initiatives, and explore how to create a more regenerative, human-friendly and nature-friendly world. “Lokalnost.org” was launched in conjunction with World Localization Day 2021. https://lokalnost.org Lucia Grejtáková https://luciagrejtakova.sk/en/