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Today in Labor History April 21, 1910: Mark Twain died. William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature." He grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” He apprenticed with a printer and worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later worked as a riverboat pilot before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. Twain was famous for his wit and brilliant writing. However, he also had extremely progressive politics for his era. Later in his life, he became an ardent anti-imperialist. “I have read carefully the treaty of Paris and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem… And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.” During the Boxer Rebellion, he said that "the Boxer is a patriot. He loves his country better than he does the countries of other people. I wish him success." From 1901, until his death in 1910, he was vice-president of the American Anti-Imperialist League, which opposed the annexation of the Philippines by the U.S. He was also critical of European imperialists such as Cecil Rhodes and King Leopold II of Belgium, who attempted to establish colonies in African. He also supported the Russian revolutionaries fighting against the Tsar.

Many people have criticized him for his racism. Indeed, schools have banned “Huckleberry Finn.” However, Twain was an adamant supporter of abolition and said that the Emancipation Proclamation “not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also." He also fought for the rights of immigrants, particularly the Chinese. "I have seen Chinamen abused and maltreated in all the mean, cowardly ways possible... but I never saw a Chinaman righted in a court of justice for wrongs thus done to him." And though his early writings were racist against indigenous peoples, he later wrote that “in colonized lands all over the world, "savages" have always been wronged by "whites" in the most merciless ways, such as "robbery, humiliation, and slow, slow murder, through poverty and the white man's whiskey."

Twain was also an early feminist, who campaigned for women's suffrage. He also wrote in support of unions and the labor movement, especially the Knights of Labor, one of the most important unions of the era. “Who are the oppressors? The few: the King, the capitalist, and a handful of other overseers and superintendents. Who are the oppressed? The many: the nations of the earth; the valuable personages; the workers; they that make the bread that the soft-handed and idle eat.”

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John Helmer: "If Israel escalates by attacking Iran and striking at the country’s infrastructure, then Iran’s counter will be [...] Electric War."

Naked Capitalism commentary:
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2024/04/middle-east-escalation-financial-times-revealing-account-of-israel-risk-of-ukraine-style-air-defense-attrition-helmer-on-possible-electrical-grid-campaign.html

full article source:
https://johnhelmer.net/loose-lips-dont-sink-ships-or-israel/
LOOSE LIPS DON’T SINK SHIPS, OR ISRAEL

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If Israel escalates by attacking Iran and striking at the country’s infrastructure, then Iran’s counter will be to take a page out of Russia’s book and commence the one line of attack which Israel, the US and their allies cannot withstand any better than Ukraine – that’s Electric War.
For the seven months which have elapsed since Hamas began its operation against Israel on October 7, and Israel commenced its genocide against the Palestinians, there has been no targeting by Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, or the Syrian and Iraqi groups of Israel’s highly vulnerable maritime gas platforms, gas pipelines, coal and oil-fired electricity generating plants, the coal and oil storages nearby, solar and wind power units, or the electricity grids keeping the country alight.
The Arab inhibitions and calculations are understandable. Iran’s will disappear if Israel triggers a new round of attacks.
[...]

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John Helmer: "If Israel escalates by attacking Iran and striking at the country’s infrastructure, then Iran’s counter will be [...] Electric War."

Naked Capitalism commentary: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2024/04/middle-east-escalation-financial-times-revealing-account-of-israel-risk-of-ukraine-style-air-defense-attrition-helmer-on-possible-electrical-grid-campaign.html

🔗 https://johnhelmer.net/loose-lips-dont-sink-ships-or-israel/

LOOSE LIPS DON’T SINK SHIPS, OR ISRAEL

If Israel escalates by attacking Iran and striking at the country’s infrastructure, then Iran’s counter will be to take a page out of Russia’s book and commence the one line of attack which Israel, the US and their allies cannot withstand any better than Ukraine – that’s Electric War.

For the seven months which have elapsed since Hamas began its operation against Israel on October 7, and Israel commenced its genocide against the Palestinians, there has been no targeting by Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, or the Syrian and Iraqi groups of Israel’s highly vulnerable maritime gas platforms, gas pipelines, coal and oil-fired electricity generating plants, the coal and oil storages nearby, solar and wind power units, or the electricity grids keeping the country alight.

The Arab inhibitions and calculations are understandable. Iran’s will disappear if Israel triggers a new round of attacks.

@worldnews @israel @iran @palestine @imperialism

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🏆 We are receiving applications for the third edition of the Amílcar Cabral Prize, which is intended “honour an article of historical research that deals with any topic or issue relating to the history of anti-colonial resistance and colonial empires”.

📅 Deadline 26 May.

👉 https://ihc.fcsh.unl.pt/en/amilcar-cabral-prize-03/

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"Making use of the most up-to-date photographic equipment at the time, Lohmeyer’s project was a meticulously planned PR campaign. Its goal? A celebration of colonialism and empire." https://youtu.be/rpZztZkscFA @histodon @histodons

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"Making use of the most up-to-date photographic equipment at the time, Lohmeyer’s project was a meticulously planned PR campaign. Its goal? A celebration of colonialism and empire." https://youtu.be/rpZztZkscFA @histodon @histodons

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"The establishment of banana republics reveals much about imperialism and the history of the Western Hemisphere. Here are 7 facts you may not know."

Stoyack, Aaron. (2024, March 31). 7 Facts About Banana Republics & Their Role in History and Politics. Retrieved from https://www.thecollector.com/banana-republics-facts/ @histodon @histodons

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First Worldism—“the loss of the prerogative, only and always, to be the one who transgresses the sovereign boundaries of other states, but never to be in the position of having one’s own boundaries transgressed.”

—Butler, J. (2009). ‘Violence, mourning, politics’, in Harding, J. and Pribram, D. eds., Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader. London: Routledge, pp. 387–402.
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I just finished reading Harsha Walia's "Border and Rule" and you should too

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"Having mapped and reconstructed Hegel's conception of colonialism through his writings and lectures, the article argues that his account of Europe's modern colonial expansion is based primarily on economic considerations, rather than on civilizational assumptions proclaiming the spiritual superiority of European peoples—to which Hegel nevertheless subscribes."

Mascat, J.M.H. (2024) ‘Hegel, Colonialism and Postcolonial Hegelianism’, Hegel Bulletin, pp. 1–24. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/hgl.2024.10. @philosophy

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facepalm gotta stay on-brand.

The article in question: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/the-biden-plan-to-ditch-israels-netanyahu.html
>One Israeli expert frequently consulted by American officials says, “I have been asked by a serious administration figure what it is that will force the Netanyahu coalition to collapse. They were interested in the mechanics, what can we demand which will collapse his coalition.”

Act like a normal country for once!
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    Gossip girl Barak Ravid with another xoxo update: https://www.axios.com/2024/03/10/biden-netanyahu-hurting-israel-red-line

    >Between the lines: Biden hoped for weeks that he could use the war to push his Saudi mega-deal after the fighting. But in many ways, Biden sees Netanyahu as the one responsible for the deal slipping away.

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    American Purgatory by Benjamin D. Weber

    A vivid work of hidden history that spans the wars to subjugate Native Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, the conquest of the western territories, and the creation of an American empire in Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, American Purgatory reveals how "prison imperialism"—the deliberate use of prisons to control restive subjects.

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    🇬🇧 🇫🇷 🇮🇳 "Yet the French East India Companies were major imperial and capitalist actors in their time. It was, after all, direct rivalry and competition between the British and French East India Companies that drove the establishment of British dominion in India in the decades after the global Seven Years’ War (1754–1763)." https://blog.oup.com/2023/09/a-free-market-the-french-east-india-company-and-modern-capitalism/ @histodon @histodons @earlymodern

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    Imperialism and Expansionism in American History by Chris J. Magoc & David Bernstein

    This groundbreaking four-volume encyclopedia offers sweeping coverage of a subject central to American history and of urgent importance today as the nation wrestles with a global imperial posture and the long-term viability of the largest military establishment in human history.

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    Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground by Robert D. Kaplan, 2005

    In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

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    Humanitarian Bombing: A Brief Introduction to Military Interventions and Western Imperialism by Bojan Glibo

    “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” Ernest Hemingway

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    Fighting Against Western Imperialism by Andre Vltchek compiles ten modified essays that were written during just a few months of the onslaught of the Western imperialism all over the world.

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    Face of Imperialism by Michael Parenti

    The Face of Imperialism redefines empire and imperialism and connects the crisis in the US with its military escapades across the world.

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    Empires Apart: A History of American and Russian Imperialism by Brian Landers

    A fresh, commanding, and thought-provoking narrative history of the competing Russian and American empires.

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    Empire for Liberty A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz

    Historian Richard Immerman paints nuanced portraits of six exceptional public figures who manifestly influenced the course of American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz.

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    Decolonizing Democracy From Western Cognitive Imperialism by Tatah Mentan

    There seems to be a sort of prevalent attitude in the Western world that its brand of democracy is something of a catch all solution for all the world's political problems. Hence, Western imperialism has always been sold under the pretext of spreading freedom and democracy.

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    🧵 : this the first in a series of that will eventually be stitched together into a related to 📚 and 📘. (1)

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    "Taken together, the essays reveal the dynamics of what the editors call an "imperial commons," a lively, empire-wide print culture. They show that neither empire nor book were stable, self-evident constructs. Each helped to legitimize the other."

    Hofmeyr, Isabel, and Antoinette Burton. Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons. 1 ed., Durham: Duke University Press, 2015., https://doi.org/10.1353/book.70934. @histodon @histodons @bookstodon (77)

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