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Engineering a City #thread
Having spent my entire childhood in #Kochi (#Cochin ), it feels criminal to not know the story of how the city came to be the #metropolis it is today. Putting together a thread to trace the journey of the city which has been so endearingly mine (1)
Part 1: The #Malabar Mud-Banks
The story of Cochin is not just about how an engineering marvel can change social fabric, but also of many tenets of #British #Colonialism in India which is often taken for granted, passed off lazily as exploitation, missing nuance (2)
As with any coastal town, the cultural and economic history of Kochi is intertwined with maritime trade routes since the time of the Early Romans and Arabs. Thanks to the #biennale , most of us would now be familiar with the term #Muzuris (3)
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 08/01/2020 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2020/08/01/dai…
Election Integrity and Technology: Vulnerabilities and Solutions

georgetownlawtechreview.org/election-integ…

#election #integrity #technology
Expanded ENCODE delivers invaluable genomic encyclopedia

nature.com/articles/d4158…

#protein #genes #encode
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#Thread excerpts from 1811 English writer Richard Hey
How #britishers plan to 'CIVILIZE' 'Uncivilized-Indians' 🤯
I wrote this thread for my own knowledge you may read on and see #conversion is old Britain plan for spreading #christianity
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Britishers carried out research on Indian people, literature, scripture behaviour and presented their report to 'The House of Commons, UK' in 1813 April.

We will see how conversion to #CHRISTIANITY is akin to CIVILISING in following thread.
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The two gentlemen John Malcolm and Dr Buchanan speaks high of #hindus moralities, modalities and vividities. Malcolm calls Hindustan as Great World In Miniature.

It is this
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The #Talai clan of the Kalenjin (Nandi, Kipsigis, Tugen and poss. Marakwet) have long been feared by the rest of the community. People don’t often talk about them. Members of the clan also don’t often reveal that detail. I recently discovered that this started with #colonialism.
The #Talai were the 19th century rulers of the group that was later called Kalenjin. We were taught in primary school history lessons about Kimnyolei and how he foretold the arrival of the railway ‘a long snake that puffs in its head that would cut through the land.’
He warned the Nandi (sub-tribe of the Kalenjin) about it. When British settlers arrived, Kimnyolei had been killed (by the Nandi) and his last son Koitalel arap Samoei was the new leader. He led the Nandi Resistance to colonial rule. It lasted more than a decade.
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For a virus that presents "few to no symptoms" for the majority, "U.S. Orders Up to 600 Million Doses of #Pfizer, BioNTech Covid #Vaccine" (Bloomberg).

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

So let's take a look at Pfizer.
"Pfizer is a publicly-traded global pharma corp.headquartered in NYC. Its revenues reached $52.5 billion in 2017. #Pfizer makes Advil, Xanax, #DepoProvera, Neosporin, #Lyrica & Dimetapp. Pfizer manufacturers more than 350 different pharmaceuticals & operates in 180 countries.
Pfizer's Lyrica, the new vallium, linked to depression, anxiety & suicide, now top pain medication on PBS. #Pregabalin #Addiction. Addicts of #hydromorphone (#Opioid) (Pfizer) have found a new addiction w/ #Lyrica. Capsules are opened, crushed & snorted.

thetimes.co.uk/article/drug-d…
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Hi #twitterstorians this is part 3 of our thread on #Srinivas work. We focus on his views on #anthropology as a discipline linked to the nation. If you would like to see more about #Srinivas writings you can check our blog on #rememberedvillage 👇
theotherfromwithin.com/post/the-remem…
#Srinivas considered that #anthropology was a #colonial tool of governance that used used to 'divide and rule'. His views on the #census as a political tool anticipated the views of scholars such as #Cohn and #Dirks
However, for #Srinivas this was a doubled edged sword. Indian nationalists used the categories politicized by colonial rulers to 'discover' India's past and to create myths in the struggle for #independence
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I cannot tell you how important it is for Britain to properly reckon with its history of #Colonialism.

It needs to be done.
And yes, if we do it properly, it will hurt.

But without acknowledging the suffering of others, the racism will only fester (as with David Starkey).
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As a scholar of African politics and civil wars, I’ve always found it surprising that Britain doesn’t teach its own history in a way that acknowledges the suffering it imposed on others. That has got to change.

The truth is: No one should have been surprised by #MauMau.
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As violent and chaotic as America is right now, it is also trying to have a frank and painful conversation about race. That is GOOD. Many people had to die to get here.

Britain isn’t America. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a problem. #BLMUK
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Few years ago, I was offered a scoop of an ice cream named “#ColonialStreet” at @NLChocolateCo

Which #bipoc wants to PAY for a taste of THAT when they can have it for free?

Same ppl who said to me then “what’s the big deal?” now supporting removal of racist elements

I see you
After learning that their ice creams are named after streets in #newfoundland , I filled out a survey asking @NLChocolateCo, “Why would you want to commemorate #colonialism by naming an ice cream flavour after it?”

I never heard back
For those asking why it was “such a big deal to me”

It was one of the many reminders that I didn’t “belong” in the city of #StJohns, #newfoundland & in #Canada. In that moment, I wished to go back to my homeland, India.
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"The biggest team the world has ever seen" - Purpose PR firm (sister org of #Avaaz) partners w/ #UN, #Omidyar NGO & #Ikea for "Share Verified".

*Fight accelerates for independent #journalism - journalists that serve people/planet rather than ruling class, foundations & capital.*
The EU Commission, WWF & chosen "influencers" are assisting in the promotion of Share Verified launched by the UN (partnered w/ World Economic Forum in June 2019) in partnership w/ Purpose, Ikea, & Luminate (Omidyar).
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#WWF is committed to serving corporate funders & capital.
Purpose co-founder Jeremy Heimans is also co-founder of Avaaz - and author of "New Power". Purpose, which works closely w/ Black Lives Matter, has launched a new campaign "Win Black" as a means to engage new voters. MoveOn - a founding NGO of Avaaz, serves the US Democrats.
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Since pretty much everyone under quarantine has to use digitized primary sources, I thought it might be useful to point to #digitalarchives that *explicitly* acknowledge & caution users abt #archivalsilences in their contents, and describe their work to rectify them.

A thread.
1/ A note: Most people appreciate the easiness of online access to archival material, but tend to forget that all #digitization is selective.
2/ This means that what you see online is usually not “everything” that an institution holds abt a topic. It's important to understand the digitized together w the physical. Even if you can't access physical records now, you'll be able to better contextualize what you see online.
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Pakistani🇵🇰 #RamlaAkhtar, aka #RmalaAalam, under twitter account @BarefootRara is now explicitly asking for the support of French #FarRight against, me, @BernardGrua, @GruaBernard, a 🇫🇷French photographer, blogger, and activist in her quest for personal revenge against #Wakhi...
@BarefootRaRa @GruaBernard ...ethnic and religious minority and against the collected testimonies of her child maltreatment. She uses the classical alt-righ & totalitarian states accusation, the one of paedophilia.
@BarefootRaRa @GruaBernard Ramla Akhtar evidenced her sentences against colonialism, white-suprematism, racism where pure hypocrisy while looking for French far right support Ramla Akhtar evidence her sentences against colonialism, white-suprematism, racism where pure hypocrisy while looking for...
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I finally got around to watching the Apocalypse Cow documentary (Channel 4, George Monbiot) the other night. Like Monbiot, I do not eat meat/fish or drink milk. I'm still gathering my thoughts on the doc,. however, here are my thoughts thus far.
All nature is now being recognized as an object to be bought/sold, traded on wall street. And this is what perhaps bother me most about the doc. As I can see the intent / purpose behind it. It's not as though Monbiot does not know about the #NewDealForNature. He does.
Consider most, if not all of his "allies" are at the helm or support the #NewDealForNature, led by WEF, WWF, UN, Natural Capital Coalition, Conservation Int., etc. And of course, both Monbiot & Thunberg did the promotional video for CI. #Celebrity is utilized to serve capital.
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A convo not too long about how Arkansas and Kansas happened ("Ar-Can-Saw" and "Kan-zas"), got me to thinking we don't talk nearly as much as we should about how names are used to erase histories. So sit back #NativeTwitter, lemme tell you about the #Caribbean.
First, Conquerors and Settlers frequently have no idea what they're talking about. That should be fairly obvious. It's why the Lakota are also "the Sioux" and the Lenape are also "The Deleware". It's all gibberish and nonsense when settler naming gets involved.
So it is with "Kansas" and "Arkansas". One's French and the other's Spanish/English for 'Land of the Kansa'. See, easy, two states, whose pronunciations were popularized by two different phonemic culture groups, and the same spelling suddenly gets all nonsensical.
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Cankpe Opi wokiksuye, remembering Wounded Knee. On this day Dec 29 1890, the US military murdered over 300 Lakota, mostly women and children, at Wounded Knee Creek

#WoundedKnee #NeverForget #Genocide
#Colonialism
Spotted Elk's band of Miniconjou and Hunkpapa, whom were Ghost Dancers, had left Thatanka Iyotake Sitting Bull's camp after he was assassinated on Dec 15 to seek refuge at the Pine Ridge rez (prisoner of war camp #334)

#Genocide #WoundedKneeMassacre
They were intercepted by the 7th cavalry. On the morning of Dec 29, the 7th opened fire. 20 soldiers were awarded Medals of Honor for "extraordinary heroism on 29 December 1890, while serving with 7th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Wounded Knee Creek" #RescindtheMedals
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Created Nov 2017:

#2020SuperYear: "We're working to secure an ambitious #NewDealForNature and People in the year 2020."

2017: 1 #WWF retweet on Dec 18

Created/managed by Bernadette Fischler Hooper - works at WWF-UK as Head of Advocacy – Our Planet / 2020 Project.
April 2019, Friends of the Earth:

"Happy 2020. It's going to be a big year"

"Will our government and business leaders act on the triple emergency of climate, nature and poverty, or will business as usual win?...
"What would life be like in 2030 if restoring nature, stabilising our climate & making strides in human development & poverty reduction were daily priorities for all gov'ts & every business for the decade starting in 2020?"
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It was disheartening to leave #sccr39 knowing that 15y of work to #fixcopyright are at risk coz @WIPO Sec spent the year pushing one-sided views on #copyright, turning the #CRLEConf on exceptions into CMOs panels, trying to control experts, and focusing the agenda on licenses. 1/
NGOs and the delegates from the Global South at the #sccr39 are shocked at what happened at the events on #copyright exceptions organized by @WIPO this year: 3 regionals and 1 int’l conference. Here is what happened. 2/
At the 1st @WIPO regional in Singapore Member States concluded that public interest activities needed int'l solutions to #fixcopyright. The Nairobi & Santo Domingo regionals were then heavily lobbied and controlled to avoid reaching similar conclusions. #sccr39 3/
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The colonial encounter
between Europeans and Africans
did not always end with Europeans triumphing.
Either at first, or later.
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#colonialism
#AfricanHistory
#Blackhistory
#BlackHistoryMonth2019
#Ethiopia
#Ethiopianwomen
#AfricanChristianity

Thread # is #Africanarchive
Check out this fascinating moment
in the history of
colonial encounters between Europeans and Africans:

From 1557 to 1632,
#Jesuit missionaries from Portugal and Spain
endeavored to convert the #Ethiopians
from their ancient form of #Christianity
to Roman #Catholicism
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After fifty years of failing to convert Ethiopians,
the Portuguese sent a new group of Jesuits to Ethiopia in 1603,
including a priest named Pedro Paez,
whose diplomacy and sympathy for the
tenets of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
enabled him to convert the emperor.
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14. United States decided to label #IRGC terrorists. But who are the real terrorists? Who created, trained, armed & financed the worst terrorist groups in the world?

#Hypocrites #DoubleStandards #Liars #Warlords #USRealTerrorists
Wrong US policies in the Middle East. Sanctions against Iran. Sanctions used by the USA as a war weapon🤨👇🏼
1. United States decided to label #IRGC terrorists. But who are the real terrorists? Who created, trained, armed & financed the worst terrorist groups in the world? 🤨👇🏼
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1. Given China's #recenthistory, did anyone truly think "#OneCountryTwoSystems" would work?
This is another legacy of #colonialism, where the #colonizers, enriched by its #extractivemethods, left its colonized with false promises of hope encased in #emptyidealisticrehtoric while
2. #extricatingitself from its responsibility of both #equalapplication as well as protection.
Though operationally different, this reminds me of the #divisionofIndia post #Britishretreat.
Though I'd urge #China, #HongKong and #Taiwan to learn from the destructive and
3. regionally destabilizing results of India's (and Pakistan's subsequent) division, I'm afraid that #politicalselfinterest will dominate over #thegreatergood and the thoughtful and peaceful overcoming of #EastAsia's #coloniallegacy.
If only #humanrights had the magnetism of
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Introducing my #the100dayproject inspired by @QMUNITY and my fellow #ADE @Sharon_Drummond. 100 days, 100 GIFs, 100 queer terms to educate and connect our community and allies. All GIFs created with #AppleKeynote and will be compiled on @GIPHY : giphy.com/channel/joepau… @AppleEDU
Day 1: QUEER - widely used among the community to refer to the spectrum of non-heterosexual +/ non-cisgender ppl as a shorthand. Important - this is RECLAIMED language that was/is still used as a hate term. #pride #education @QMUNITY @sogiUBC Follow along ———> #100daysofQueer
DAY 2: HETERONORMATIVE - social roles & structures that reinforce idea that heterosexuality is the presumed norm and is superior to other sexual orientations. #pride #education #sogi #humanrights @QMUNITY @sogiUBC @HRC

Follow along —-> #100daysofQueer created on #AppleKeynote
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Evening all. This will be a thread of tweets on the ACE Flagship Seminar (convened by @benjcartlidge and @preshitorian) featuring Prof Bonnie Effros of @LivUniHistory #aceflagship
Fred Hirt (@LivAncWorlds) introduces the seminar. We are discussing the history of our disciplines (esp #Archaeology tonight) and how it interacts with #colonialism in #Algeria.
The main theme: Monuments and the "mission civilisatrice" : French encounters with Roman Lambaesis. #ACEflagship
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Tweeps, have you been to the landmark @LouvreAbuDhabi #Louvre #AbuDhabi? No worries. Got @twitter. Had the chance to visit while in the #UAE for the @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal #MENASummit. Follow this thread for a #TwitterTour of highlights. louvreabudhabi.ae/?utm_source=GM… #art #museum
Hello #LouvreAbuDhabi! @LouvreAbuDhabi ~ in all directions, the #magic of art & creativity on display. Crossing borders. Crossing cultures. #artmatters #museumlove
#Stunning. This two-headed figure is one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of humanity. It is some 8500 years old. On display at the @LouvreAbuDhabi. 👥

@VisitAbuDhabi #AbuDhabi #LouvreAbuDhabi
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I have been thinking quite a bit about the issues raised by the BMJ article below (& others) and the language of #commercialdeterminantsofhealth or #CDoH
It is so important that #socialscientists , including #anthropologists participate in these conversations
It is so important that we think about the role of #industry interests in shaping #health & #socialscientists can help frame these conversations in broader terms
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This piece is getting a lot closer to key issues we discuss in the #anthropology of #reproduction. A few key issues I would like to note.
1) The concept of #stratifiedreproduction is helpful here. Originally described by Shellee Colen, #stratifiedreproduction describes systematic ways in which some people's #reproduction is valued & nurtured, while others' are devalued & hindered.
2) We've been working w/ this concept since it was put at the center of our emerging field of the #anthropology of #reproduction in 1995 when Faye Ginsburg & Rayna Rapp published the pivotal edited volume "Conceiving the New World Order" tinyurl.com/y9c4jjv3
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