Daily Archives: January 12, 2019

Senator calls out Fossil Fuel Funding in U.S. Politics

Climate State
Published on Jan 12, 2019

What happens in climate pollution does affect a global scale — According to @SenWhitehouse, 60 of the 70 billion $ spent by conservative interests to keep the U.S. Senate in Republican hands was connected to fossil fuel interests. They bought the U.S. Senate to block climate action. https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/stat…
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Indentured Labor in the Age of Imperialism, 1834-1922 (Studies in Comparative World History): David Northrup

The indentured labour trade was begun to replace freed slaves on sugar plantations in British colonies in the 1830s, but expanded to many other locations around the world.

This is the first survey of the global flow of indentured migrants from Africa that developed after the end of the slave trade and continued until shortly after the First World War. This volume describes the experiences of the two million Asians, Africans, and South Pacific Islanders who signed long-term labour contracts in return for free passage overseas, modest wages, and other benefits. The experience of these indentured migrants of different origins and destinations is compared in terms of their motives, conditions of travel, and subsequent creation of permanent overseas settlements.

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Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route: Saidiya Hartman

In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history.

The slave, Hartman observes, is a stranger―torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. There are no known survivors of Hartman’s lineage, no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade. Written in prose that is fresh, insightful, and deeply affecting, Lose Your Mother is a “landmark text” (Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams).

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Slavery and Colonial Rule in French West Africa (African Studies): Martin Klein


Using oral sources, as well as official and missionary archives, Martin Klein describes the history of slavery during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in three former French colonies. He considers the impact of the Atlantic slave trade and the evolution of slavery both before the French and under their rule. While he discusses French policy, the main focus of the book is the constantly changing relationships between slave and master, and the attempts on the part of slaves to seek freedom, or autonomy where they remained in servitude.

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Slavery and Colonial Rule in Africa (Slave and Post-Slave Societies and Cultures): Martin A. Klein, Suzanne Miers

This book brings together a series of new case studies, some by young scholars, others by widely published authors. All are based on original research and designed to enhance our understanding of the process of the abolition of slavery in Africa at the grass-roots level. Part of the studies are on new areas of interest such as the German colonies and the Algerian Sahara. Others throw new light on questions already debated, such as emancipation of the Gold Coast. Some focus on the impact of abolition on particular groups of slaves, such as the royal slaves in Nigeria and concubines in Morocco. Among the themes considered is the role of slaves in their own emancipation, the short and long-term results of abolition, the role of the League of Nations, and the vestiges of slavery in Africa today.

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Trump-Russia: FBI probed whether Trump was working for Moscow – NYT – BBC News

The White House has condemned a New York Times report that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether President Trump was secretly working for Russia.

Law enforcement officials became concerned by Mr Trump’s behaviour in May 2017, when he sacked FBI director James Comey, the paper says.

The investigation reportedly examined whether Mr Trump was a national security threat.

Mr Trump said there was no reason and no proof for setting up such a probe.

“This is absurd,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

“James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI,” she said in a statement.

“Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”

In 2016, US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had launched cyber-attacks and planted fake news stories on social media in a bid to boost Donald Trump and damage his rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton.

What did the FBI supposedly investigate?

The reported counterintelligence investigation was rolled into the Mueller inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the paper reported.

The counterintelligence part sought to establish whether Mr Trump was knowingly aiding the Kremlin against America’s interests, or “had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence”.

The criminal aspect concerned the president’s sacking of Mr Comey, and whether it was an obstruction of justice.

The ex-FBI director told a congressional hearing that Mr Trump told him “I expect loyalty,” and pressured him to end an inquiry into the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US.

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