Daily Archives: February 7, 2023

New England’s role in Frederick Douglass’ first s…

PBS NewsHour – Feb 7, 2023

When Frederick Douglass escaped slavery he was aided by friends in the daring and dangerous getaway. He went from being on the run to becoming one of the most influential Americans of the 19th century. Pamela Watts of Rhode Island PBS Weekly has Douglass’ story as he took his first steps to freedom.

Cities After… Neo-Imperialism & Neo-Fascism at the Border

Democracy At Work Feb 7, 2023 Cities After…

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[S03 E02] Neo-Imperialism & Neo-Fascism at the Border

In this episode of Cities After…, Prof. Robles-Durán takes a closer look at the ever-growing migrant crisis along Mexico-US border cities and its critical socio-environmental implications. It is an issue of urgency, particularly given the humanitarian disaster, the heightened American security impositions, the neo-fascist retaliations from Texas and other Republican states, as well as the political ramifications at both sides of the border.

Cities After… is a bi-weekly podcast about the future of cities; grounded in our daily urban struggles, it is part dystopian and part utopian. The intention is to entice civic imagination into action, because a more just and sustainable urban future is possible.

Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist with expertise in the design and analysis of complex urban systems and urban political-ecology. He is an associate professor of urbanism and director of the graduate urban programs at The New School / Parsons School of Design in New York City. Read his full bio on our website.

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How the West is Pushing Experimental GMO Food Aid on Africa

2nacheki Feb 7, 2023

In this video, we’ll explore how the West is pushing experimental GMO food aid on Africa. This food aid is intended to help African countries overcome famine, but some are concerned that it may be harmful to the population.

Chapter 1: 0:00 Intro
Chapter 2: 0:01 The Dangers of GM Crops in Africa
Chapter 3: 0:34 GM Crops & the Biotech Industry
Chapter 4: 1:20 Proponents of GM in Africa
Chapter 5: 2:01 GM and the African Agricultural Community
Chapter 6: 3:24 The Negative Impacts of GM Crops in Africa
Chapter 7: 6:19 Africa is Watching

Africa is Watching How the West is Pushing Experimental GMO Food Aid on Africa https://youtu.be/jNshpHnqPGk
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The Untold Truth Of Henry Kissinger

Grunge – Dec 3, 2021




Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State who served under both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, is widely known for his policy work with Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and China throughout the 1970s. Having immigrated to the U.S. from Germany as a teen, Kissinger went on to have an incredibly successful career in American politics, eventually receiving the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for his work negotiating the Paris Peace Accords. Ultimately, though, Henry Kissinger’s legacy is both divisive and controversial. Although revered by many U.S. scholars, Kissinger is not without his outspoken critics. Let’s take a closer look at the life of this enigmatic statesman. This is the untold truth of Henry Kissinger.

COINTELPRO 2.0: How the FBI Infiltrated BLM Protests After Police Murder of George Floyd

Democracy Now! Feb 7, 2023

A new podcast out today called “Alphabet Boys” documents how the FBI disrupted racial justice organizing after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020, including paying an informant at least $20,000 to infiltrate and spy on activist groups in Denver, Colorado. The informant also encouraged activists to purchase guns and commit violence, echoing the FBI’s use of the COINTELPRO program to sabotage left-wing activist groups in the 1960s.

For more, we’re joined by three guests: journalist and creator of the “Alphabet Boys” podcast Trevor Aaronson, Denver-based activist Zebbodios Hall, who was one of many activists targeted by the FBI’s infiltration, and former FBI special agent and whistleblower Mike German, who left the agency after reporting misconduct and mismanagement in its counterterrorism efforts.

🇮🇳 Why are India’s poorest people being left behind? | The Stream

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India’s BJP-led government says its final budget before a general election in 2024 will spur economic growth, but opposition politicians are among critics who say it fails to address ever-deepening income and wealth inequality highlighted by anti-poverty groups.

The $550bn budget introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1 includes income tax cuts for the middle class and infrastructure spending aimed at creating jobs. But it does not include the re-introduction of a wealth tax on the rich that campaigners say would dramatically improve the lives of poor people in the world’s fifth-largest economy.

Sitharaman says “the budget makes the need once again to ramp up the virtuous cycle of investment and job creation”, but a senior leader from the opposition Congress Party said it fails to address “concerns about life, livelihood and the growing inequality between the rich and the poor”. More than 80% of people questioned in a 2022 survey by Fight Inequality said they approved on higher taxes on the rich and corporations.

Oxfam India recently called for action to shrink the huge gap between India’s richest and poorest people, as it points to a major rise in the number of Indian billionaires between 2020 and 2022. Its report “Survival of the Richest” says that 60 percent of the country’s wealth is held by the richest five percent of citizens, while only three percent is owned by the least-wealthy half of the population. Among its recommendations are immediate wealth taxes and windfall taxes on billionaires, as well as easing the tax burden on poor and marginalised people.

In this episode of The Stream, we’ll look at India’s deepening wealth divide and ask what it will take to build a more economically inclusive society.

Revisiting the Past – Imagining the Future with Roberta L. Dougherty – Mondays at Beinecke 2/6/23

Beinecke Library at Yale Feb 7, 2023

A talk in conjunction with the Beinecke Library building-wide exhibition, “Revisiting the Past—Imagining the Future,” on view through July 9. Roberta L. Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies, will discuss some of the items she selected for the exhibition. This exhibition features books, manuscripts, and visual materials from many different time periods and locations. Some of the materials have been at Yale for decades, others have only recently been added to the collections.

More information: https://bit.ly/3J2EY12

Materials Dougherty selected for the show include: * Alexander Keith Johnston, Map of Africa. Lithograph, with added hand-coloring. Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1849. * Unknown photographer, Half-length formal portrait of “Uncle Moreau” (Omar ibn Said). Ambrotype, in embossed case. Probably North Carolina, c. 1850. Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection. * Omar ibn Said, Letter to John Owen in Raleigh, North Carolina. Arabic (Fulani script) on paper. North Carolina, c. 1819. * “Al-Raghbah al-ibahiyah” [Libertarian desire]. Periodical, in Arabic and French. Paris, 1973–1975. * “Faradis: Majallah tuna bi-hurr al-hasah al-taskiliyah; revue du poésie moderne” [Paradise: a magazine of freedom of fine-arts
expression; a review of modern poetry]. Periodical, in Arabic and French. Köln, 1990.

Turning the Pages: Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke Library

Dec 4, 2019

Beinecke Library staff turn the pages of the Gutenberg Bible three or so times in a typical year for conservation to minimize the exposure to light of any page opening. The Gutenberg Bible is on view to the public throughout the year on the Beinecke Library mezzanine in a custom display case.

Visit the library website for information on daily hours: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu In late November 2019, library staff turned to new openings in the Book of Psalms and in the Gospel of Luke. The Gutenberg Bible is the first Western book printed from movable type. The Bible at the Beinecke Library is in two volumes and is one of 21 known surviving complete, perfect copies of the work done by Johann Gutenberg in 1454.

It is available to see online at the Beinecke Library’s digital library at https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufi… (volume 1) and https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufi… (volume 2).

In the first volume (on display on the south side of the case), the page openings done in November 2019, are to pages 296v and 297r of that volume, in the Book of Psalms. Close readers of the Latin Vulgate may recognize a familiar text at the bottom right column of 297r: “Dominus regit me, et nihil mihi deerit … ” or, in English, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want … ” Many contemporary readers know this text as the 23rd psalm. In the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible and its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalms is 22nd in the Book of Psalms. In the second volume (on display on the north side of the case), the page openings done in November 2019, are to pages 541v and 542r of that volume, the opening of the Gospel of Luke, which includes the Annunciation to Mary and the Nativity of Jesus.

The “Problem” of “Collection Creep” … [My Name Is Morgan But It Ain’t JP – Comic Ragtime Song (Recorded 1906)]

Bob Roberts – Topic Aug 22, 2019

Provided to YouTube by Catapult Reservatory, LLC My Name Is Morgan But It Ain’t JP Comic Ragtime Song (Recorded 1906) · Bob Roberts Bob Roberts Comic Ragtime Song Rarities (Recorded 1904 – 1910) ℗ 2019 Vintage Recordings Released on: 2019-08-22 Auto-generated by YouTube.

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(…Collection creep has set in here…)

My Name is Morgan (But it Ain’t J.P.) – Bob Roberts – 1906 Edison Record

Here is Bob Roberts singing “My Name is Morgan but it Ain’t J.P.” a 1906 Ragtime Comedy Classic, featured on a Edison Two Minute Gold Moulded Record #9227. The Phonograph is an Edison Gem B which was first produced by Edison in October of 1905. The Gem was the smallest of all Edison Phonographs and was priced at $10.00 with a small horn or for $12.50 with a polygonal horn & crane.

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See also

Norman Blake 02 My Name Is Morgan (But It Ain’t J.P.)

as well as

Bill Morgan and His Gal (My Name is Morgan But it Ain’t J.P.)

The New Lost City Ramblers – “Bill Morgan and His Gal” [Official Audio]

Listen to the official audio of The New Lost City Ramblers’ “Bill Morgan and His Gal” from the 1991 album ‘The Early Years, 1958-1962’ on Smithsonian Folkways.

Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Bill Morgan and His Gal (My Name is Morgan But it Ain’t J.P.) · The New Lost City Ramblers The Early Years, 1958-1962 ℗ 1991 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Released on: 1991-04-03 Auto-generated by YouTube.


Bill Morgan (Live)

Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Bill Morgan (Live) · Phil & Phil Live At the Ash Grove 1966 ℗ 2012 Phil & Phil Released on: 2012-08-25 Auto-generated by YouTube.

Etc., etc., etc

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Other related questions:
  • In addition to the words and its catchy tune, what more can be said about this song?
  • What does this song “mean” in its historical and cultural setting?

Consider its publication:

How do these images from a 1906 song relate to issues current in later history?  in our own day?

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How the war machine took over the Democrats w/ Dennis Kucinich | The Chris Hedges Report

The Real News Network – Dec 16, 2023

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There was once a wing of the Democratic Party that stood up to the war industry. J. William Fulbright, George McGovern, Gene McCarthy, Mike Gravel, William Proxmire, and, of course, Dennis Kucinich. But that was largely decades ago. The new Democrats, especially with the presidency of Bill Clinton, became shills not only for corporate America, but the arms industry. The massive military budget, $858 billion in military spending allocated for fiscal year 2023, is an increase of $45 billion over the Biden administration’s budget request, and nearly $80 billion more than the amount appropriated by Congress for the current fiscal year.


What happened to the Democratic Party? Why has it become impossible to question war and the massive expenditures on arms? Why is such questioning political suicide? Why can’t a Democrat ask, especially at a time of economic hardship and huge deficits, how much we are going to divert to the war in Ukraine, which has already consumed some $60 billion? Former presidential candidate and eight-term Congressperson Dennis Kucinich joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss the past half century of the Democrats, and how the war machine conquered the party.

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