Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
Plague Doctor. Apothecary. Brilliant.
We call on President Obama to respect the human rights of the Chagossians. The Obama administration will respond to petitions that receive 25,000 signatures in 30 days. The petition closes on April 3, 2012.
The Chagossians continue to fight for the right to return to their homeland. They were expelled when the U.K. and the U.S. governments decided that the United States would build a U.S. military base on the Archipelago’s main island, Diego Garcia. Since their expulsion, the Chagossians have lived as a marginalized community on the island nations of Mauritius and Seychelles. The recent passing of Lisette Talate, the oldest living survivor of the forced exile, underscores the urgent need for action by the U.S. and U.K. governments to redress the wrongs against the Chagossians. Ms. Talate’s dying wish was to see her homeland again before her death. We cannot let other Chagossians die without some form of redress: employment opportunities, compensation, and the opportunity to return home. Noam Chomsky, a signatory to this petition, has observed, “If people knew, they would do something about it …” Please do something today by signing the petition and sharing the link with friends.
If you’re interested in reading a great ethnography on this, try David Vine’s Island of Shame
Happy belated birthday, Rosa Parks!!
February 4, 1913-October 24, 2005
A gathering of indigenous people of the Tupi ethnic group illustrated in a 1547 Dieppe map of Brazil.
Map of the human diaspora.
Mahatma Gandhi dancing.
Indian famine victims, 1877 [taken from Mike Davis’ “Late Victorian Holocausts”] The original caption of this missionary photograph reads, “Those who have got to this stage rarely recover.”
If the Life of the Earth was reduced to a 24 hour clock
Today is Celia Cruz’ birthday.
La Reina (10.21.25 - 07.16.03)
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
I would go further and say this is the universal history of the world, that includes the development of Europe and North America - and white settler nations, and the underdevelopment of the rest of the world