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.
by On Barak
The largest infrastructural project of the nineteenth century annexed the Middle East into the fossil-fuels complex. Reexamining its history is indispensable for decarbonization today.
SOURCE: Tom Dispatch
by Alfred W. McCoy
There's an interesting parallel between Anthony Eden's disastrous tenure and Trump's. Remember the Suez misadventure?
SOURCE: Ahram Online
An Egyptian excavation mission from the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) uncovered on Thursday a complete industrial area that can be dated to the Graeco-Roman era.The discovery was found during routine excavation work at the archaeological site of Tell Abu-Seifi, located east of the Suez Canal and south of Qantara East. The industrial area includes of a number of workshops for clay and bronze statues, vessels, pots and pans as well as a collection of administrative buildings, store galleries and a whole residential area for labours. Amphora, imported from south of Italy, was also unearthed. "It is a very important discovery that highlights Egypt’s economical and commercial relation with its neighbouring countries on the Mediterranean Sea," MSA Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online. He added that it also gives a complete idea of the Egyptian labours’ daily life....
One hundred years ago, the United States completed what was then the most expensive, complex but ultimately successful government program in human history. It was a project where everything went wrong. The French had tried to build the Panama canal a few years earlier, but despite putting the builder of the Suez Canal, Ferdinand de Lesseps, on the job, they left in total failure. The American project’s first chief engineer quit after the first year. His replacement left as well. Only with the third did the project start moving. Yellow fever killed thousands of workers and caused others to flee in fright. The engineering challenges were immense and they often seemed insurmountable. Media reports about the project were largely negative....
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