‘How to Hide an Empire’ Shines Light on America’s Expansionist Side Jennifer Szalai New York Times February 13, 2019
Cover of How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr Credit: Macmillian
Two interesting pieces on whiteness. The first in the New York Times describes how thousands of white enclaves across the country provided President Trump with his margin of victory, discussing why this might be so. The second, an opinion piece in The Guardian, describes how an ideology of white supremacy to other ‘races’ drove imperialism in European nations and elsewhere, and argues that this was a cause of WWI.
White-on-white voting Thomas B. Edsall New York Times November 16, 2017
The election of Donald Trump revealed that in some of the nation’s whitest municipalities and counties — the communities arguably most insulated from urban crime, immigration and gangs — Trump did far better than Romney had done four years earlier. Read full story.
How colonial violence came home: The ugly truth of the First World War Pankaj Mishra The Guardian November 10, 2017
The great war is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under colonial rule, terror and degradation were nothing new. Read full story.
Also see Understanding harmful economic systems., especially the section on barriers to entry.
Editorial Board New York Times October 22, 2017
The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. American forces are actively engaged not only in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that have dominated the news, but also in Niger and Somalia, both recently the scene of deadly attacks, as well as Jordan, Thailand and elsewhere. An additional 37,813 troops serve on presumably secret assignment in places listed simply as “unknown.” The Pentagon provided no further explanation. Read full story.
Photo caption: Air Force officers walk toward an MQ-9 Reaper at Nigerien Air Base 101 in Niger. Credit: Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry/Air Force
Why investors can’t get enough of Tajikistan’s debt
Landon Thomas, Jr. New York Times October 17, 2017
Who owns Puerto Rico’s debt? We’ve tracked down 10 of the biggest vulture firms.
Joel Cinteron Arbasetti and Carla Minet, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo,
and Alex V. Hernandez and Jessica Stites, In These Times October 17, 2017
The central mosque in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. A former Soviet republic, Tajikistan has rarely interacted with global investors but is offering an interest rate of just over 7 percent for a 10-year bond. Credit: James Hill/The New York Times