Tag Archives: Gustave Boulanger

deathbed manumissions

It is a particular institution of the Old World: slavery. The Greeks and Romans practiced slavery and condoned it- for war, for luxury, and for business. But even they knew it to be evil… Bills of sale were usually written … Continue reading

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from istanbul: the sequel?

Does history repeat itself? To rewrite the history once more of the Ottoman conquest of the Arab peripheral regions; a manifest destiny to tame, pacify, discipline and civilize the Other from what they regard as tribal savagery and ineptitude. Ottomans … Continue reading

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belley up

He may be viewed as a rebel or a thrill seeker,a radical, ┬ábut he never did leave the mainstream. Girodet’s representation of the liberation of slaves, equality, had little to do with liberation; he was a democrat of the most … Continue reading

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the caravan continues its route

There has always been an attraction of the Middle East for the Western World. Its an odd relationship with an aesthetic all its own.But it is based on an intentional and violent distortion of Arab society that is pervasive throughout … Continue reading

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FAMOUS & DANDY LIKE AMOS & ANDY, ABDUL & SAMMY

We learn to like to be the heroes We learn to lie to the brand name negroes We learn to laugh to avoid being angry We learn to kill and learn to go hungry We learn not to feel, for … Continue reading

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