Posts tagged ‘history’

Link: “Juanita Nielsen's suspected murder brought Arthur King back to Kings Cross after his terrifying ordeal”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-31/juanita-nielsen-murder-came-after-arthur-king-kidnapping/100332232

Great story that really sums up 1970s Sydney, encompassing organised crime, the property development industry, the total corruption of NSW Police, organised civil resistance, the BLF’s green bans, and of course, murder and kidnapping. You could hardly ask for more.

Link: “Right-Wing Operation Condor Murderers Should Be in Jail”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/07/operation-condor-us-intervention-juntas-military-dictatorships-jorge-nestor-troccoli-trial-italy/

This month, Italian courts jailed fourteen men for their roles in Operation Condor, the US-backed Latin American terror campaign. But many more torturers are living out a peaceful retirement — denying justice to the leftists they brutalized and murdered.

Gives a good historical backgrounder as to what Condor was and the US’s involvement in it, too.

Link: “What My DNA Says About India’s History – The Diplomat”

Original post found at: https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/what-my-dna-says-about-indias-history/

Family lore insisted that my great-great-great-great grandmother was a white English woman (my grandfather recalled his grandfather telling him that his grandmother was white, which is the approximate limit of accurate oral transmission). This lore has proven to be accurate. It is not incredibly surprising that I have a European ancestor from the tumultuous period during which the Mughal Empire collapsed into smaller successor states, the Maratha Empire rose, and British and French armies competed for access to the various princes of India. During this period, unlike during the 19th century British Raj, Europeans were not a dominant ruling-class, isolated from the native population by walled compounds. Thousands of soldiers of fortune, advisors, and seaman mingled with the indigenous populations during this period, including the area of coastal Andhra Pradesh where my family is from—this area came under British rule relatively early, in 1765.

Lots of interesting stuff in this piece, not just the remarkable accuracy of that piece of oral history, but of the history of Indian people as a whole. For example, that modern Indian people are descended from two main groups, one (Sanskrit-speakers) originally from the steppes of Central Asia and another that had been in the subcontinent many tens of thousands of years, and that was (and is) related to Australian Aboriginal people. With other smaller groups too, later, like Turkic steppe peoples, Europeans, and East Asians. Also, the tidbit that Dravidian languages likely didn’t originate in India, but in modern-day Iran, travelling along the coast! And the general point that cultural/linguistic/religious transitions often spread outwards from the elites: as in, a new elite would seize power, and over time surrounding peasant populations would take on their cultural traits to try to get some upward mobility for themselves. It’s wonderfully fascinating stuff 😊

Wiki: alcohol in Victoria

This page is a quick history of alcohol licensing laws in Victoria, and some of their social impacts. A number of these points will be shared or mirrored by developments elsewhere in Australia and New Zealand, but my family consists of generations of Victorians, so Victoria is mostly what I know 🙂 So, let’s begin.

In the colonial era, there was minimal regulation of alcohol and so liquor …

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Wiki: King O’Malley

King O’Malley was a prominent politician in Australia in the first couple of decades after Federation. He is well-known for his involvement in the early ALP, the significant role he played in the building of Canberra, and his strongly teetotaling politics.

O’Malley was born in Kansas, probably on 2 July 1858, although there is some doubt (at some point he started celebrating his …

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Link: “Emily Wilder’s Firing Is No Surprise: AP Has Always Been Right-Wing”

Original post found at: https://theintercept.com/2021/05/25/emily-wilder-firing-ap-right-wing/

“The Associated Press has received an enormous amount of criticism, including from its own staffers, for firing Emily Wilder, 22, after hiring her as a news associate just 17 days before. According to AP, Wilder was let go for “violations of AP’s social media policy.” AP’s action was clearly in response to a right-wing pressure campaign targeting Wilder for her activism in college supporting Palestinian rights.

Though appalling, however, none of this should be a surprise. AP has been notably conservative since its founding in 1846, with a long history of bowing to the demands of the powerful — with its many talented journalists often forced to fight its management to get the news out. While other wire services such as United Press International and Reuters have not always covered themselves in glory, AP’s history demonstrates significantly more bias.”

Link: “‘Inconceivable’: why has Australia’s history been left to rot?”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/23/inconceivable-why-has-australias-history-been-left-to-rot

Some of my least favourite things about Australia are its solid anti-intellectual streak and its refusal to reckon with its own history – this story somehow encapsulates both. The Federal Government is refusing to chip in $67.7 million to digitise just the most highly prioritised records facing imminent disintegration (not even all of them!), even though they’ll spend many times that on dumb and cruel shit like imprisoning refugee families and bullying welfare recipients into early graves. For the Liberals, especially, “history” just means “making up myths to bolster modern-day militarism”, and never means legitimate historical inquiry.

Link: “The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969”

Original post found at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuyahoga-river-caught-fire-least-dozen-times-no-one-cared-until-1969-180972444/

Maybe due to my age, I hadn’t heard of this incident until recently. People complain about the Yarra being polluted (which it is) but maybe it’s a sign of how expectations have changed over time that I take it for granted that rivers don’t catch fire.

photo of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.