Daily Archives: September 6, 2021

Michael Moore on the End of The War on Afghanistan on MSNBC Reports with Alex Witt | 9/05/21

Michael MoorePremiered Sep 5, 2021
Michael Moore joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt to discuss the ending of the war in Afghanistan, the criticism Joe Biden is receiving over it, the credit Biden deserves for it, and what we can learn from the photo of the last U.S. solider leaving Afghanistan.

Join Michael Moore for free screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 on Friday, September 10th at 9pm ET: https://www.michaelmoore.com/p/a-free…

Sen Kelly: Unions are BACKBONE of working class

The HillSep 6, 2021
In a social media video, Senator Mark Kelly wished everyone a happy Labor Day, calling worker unions the backbone of the working class.

How Long Can GOPers Hold Out as People Die?

Thom Hartmann ProgramSep 6, 2021
Mississippi’s governor says people in the state are less scared of COVID-19 because they “believe in eternal life.” This is the same belief the Taliban have. The red states are melting down with Covid and the governors and politicians are lying and refusing to go along with science. Their citizens are dying in horrific ways. How Long Can red state politicians hold out as people die?

America After 9/11: Rajiv Chandrasekaran (interview) | FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE PBS | OfficialPremiered 2 hours ago
Rajiv Chandrasekaran served as the national editor of The Washington Post and is the author of “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone” and “Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan​​.”

The following interview was conducted by FRONTLINE’s Jim Gilmore on May 23 and June 16, 2021. It has been edited for clarity and length.

This interview is being published as part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind our documentaries.

End of a bitter battle | Robert E. Lee statue to be removed for being ‘a symbol of racial injustice’

RTSep 6, 2021
The Virginia Supreme Court has paved the way for the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee, which Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam controversially ordered to be removed last year.

Read more: https://on.rt.com/bfvg

Guinea coup leader promises national unity government • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 EnglishSep 6, 2021
In tonight’s edition: The man behind the latest coup in Guinea Conakry says he wants a peaceful transition. Colonel Mamady Doumboya calls a meeting of ministers of ousted president Alpha Conde after banning them from leaving the country and dissolving the government.

Glasgow climate change summit faces huge challenges – BBC News

BBC NewsSep 6, 2021
Key global climate talks will be be hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November 2021.

Campaigners for action on global warming say the summit will need to agree tough and radical reductions in carbon emissions if they are to limit the worst effects climate change.

So what are the main challenges facing those trying to forge a new agreement at the talks?

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by science editor David Shukman.

Despite vaccine’s positive impact, unvaccinated hot spots and delta raise COVID numbers

PBS NewsHourSep 6, 2021
When the summer of 2021 began, COVID-19 seemed to be on the retreat in most of the U.S. President Joe Biden talked about celebrating America’s “independence” from the virus on July 4. But the delta variant has changed the game. On memorial day, the U.S. was averaging about 21,000 new cases a day. Now, it’s at about 160,000 daily. Hospitalizations and deaths are rising too. Stephanie Sy reports.

Taliban takeover threatens Afghan agriculture as farmers fear being forced to grow poppy

PBS NewsHourSep 6, 2021
As Afghans figure out how to get on with their lives, fears abound that the new Taliban government will crack down on local business and commerce. The Taliban takeover could cripple Afghan farmers in the middle of their harvest, in a country where agriculture is the lifeblood of rural communities and is Afghanistan’s largest export business. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports.

Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal: Stephen H. Grant

This is the first biography of Capt. Peter Strickland, a little-known Connecticut Yankee who crossed the Atlantic 100 times in command of a sailing vessel, traded with French and Portuguese colonies during the period 1864-1905, and served as the first American consul to French West Africa for over 20 years. We know about Peter Strickland’s long life (1837-1921) because he wrote a daily journal from the age of 19 until the year he died. He broke away from a long line of Connecticut farmers to adopt a seafaring life at the age of 15. Capt. Strickland’s merchant marine career led him from the east coast of the United States to the west coast of Africa. He introduced American tobacco and wood products into French and Portuguese colonies and on the return trips carried animal hides and peanuts in his 100-ton schooners. He wrote and published a book on behalf of sailors.

The most knowledgeable American in the African trade for 40 years, Strickland struggled to maintain an American competitive edge among the dominant commercial presence of French trading houses from Bordeaux and Marseilles. The U.S. State Department asked him to become the first consul in French West Africa, with residence in Senegal. The captain accepted the terms: he would receive no salary, but he could keep the port fees he collected and continue to practice his import-export business. Living on the former slave island of Gorée, Strickland battled epidemics of cholera and yellow fever. He suffered from malaria and catarrh. His 23-year-old son George accidentally drowned off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. Demoralized and ill, Strickland retired to Boston in 1905 and became a gentleman farmer. At age 77, he recopied his entire journal into bound volumes.


Capt. Peter Strickland owes much to author Stephen H. Grant.
–Library of Congress, Center for the Book

This book offers a vivid picture of the unique career of a New Englander who was a pioneer in the diplomatic field in French West Africa.
–Carol Kimball, The Day, New London, Conn.

This is a great new historical source for Senegal, and for 19th century American shipping, trade, and foreign relations.
–L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, University of Delaware Library

Grant’s careful blending of historical hindsight with Strickland’s own words brings enormous value to our understanding of U.S. diplomacy. –Aaron Chassy, Foreign Service Journal

Stephen Grant has done a masterful job of weaving the strands and evidence of a multitalented individual’s life into a coherent collage with his biography. –Mary-Charlotte Shealy

From the Publisher

This is an ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Book.

From the Author

“Peter Strickland” was my first biography. I read all I could find by and on Peter Strickland, consisting of four linear feet of documents. The major archives I consulted were two: Morris Library at the University of Delaware at Newark, and the G. W. Blunt Library at the Mystic Seaport, Conn.

Other archives that provided primary source material were the U. S. National Archives and the Senegal National Archives.

During the period from 1880 to 1905, no foreigner knew Senegal better than Peter Strickland. He worked as sea captain, merchant, and consul on the island of Gorée. He lived in one house overlooking the port, where he could easily monitor ship movements. The house is still standing, and is owned by a French medical doctor. I was invited to sleep two nights in the house to seek inspiration. It worked! I grew to have great admiration for this sailor, trader, advocate, teacher, father, author, idealist, captain, consul, and diarist.

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An ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Booik

Cover and graphics by Sylviane Grant and Jesse Swingle.

From the Back Cover

Peter Stricikland might have slipped through history’s net were it not for the author’s purchase of an item on eBay: an envelope sent in 1889 from Boston via Bordeaux to Gorée Island in Senegal. In 1883, the Department of State appointed the New London sea captain U.S. consul in Senegal, the first in French West Africa. After twenty-three years in the post, Strickland retired to Boston. Among the documents he left behind, a personal journal spanning sixty-four years affords a window into a unique life at the turn of the last century.

About the Author

Stephen H. Grant, EdD, is Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in Arlington, Virginia. He also lectures on African Culture at the Foreign Service Institute. His own Foreign Service career took him to Ivory Coast, Guinea, Egypt, Indonesia, and El Salvador. Working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, he headed the education office in each of these countries and managed grants to improve local schooling. Grant is the author of three commercially published books on the history of Guinea, Indonesia, and El Salvador, designed and printed in those countries, and of numerous articles.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Academia Publishing/ The Spring (December 15, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0978771338
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0978771331
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.54 x 9 inches