SOURCE: Public Seminar
by Aaron Jakes
"The purpose of the Suez Canal, from the perspective of both the Egyptian state and its European investors, was not simply to render the world more interconnected and international transport more efficient, but to extract transit fees from the ships passing through it."
The Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal in the 1967 Six Day War stranded several ships in an adjacent lake. Egyptian policy prevented the ships from leaving, but not from having supplies and fresh crew members brought in. For eight years, the ships were a floating international commune.
The Suez Canal, according to Zachary Karabell, has been a nexus for past great power conflicts, anticolonialist struggle, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Now it shows the vulnerability of global capitalism's supply chain infrastructure.
SOURCE: In These Times
by Peter Cole
The author of a new book on an understudied Black labor radical presents context for an exerpt of an interview Ben Fletcher gave to the New York Amsterdam News, a rare surviving case of the organizer telling his own story.
The Grand Princess Has Docked in California. Here’s What to Know About the History of Quarantine on Ships
by Olivia B. Waxman
Epidemiologists say that keeping sick people on a ship in an attempt to isolate disease can “amplify infections.”
by Tom Clifford
It’s China’s biggest attempt to dominate the world since the 16th century.
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