February 25, 2013 at 1:50 am #6694February 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm #6695
The true scale of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade has been laid bare in documents revealing how the country’s wealthiest families received the modern equivalent of billions of pounds in compensation after slavery was abolished.
The previously unseen records show exactly who received what in payouts from the Government when slave ownership was abolished by Britain – much to the potential embarrassment of their descendants. Dr Nick Draper from University College London, who has studied the compensation papers, says as many as one-fifth of wealthy Victorian Britons derived all or part of their fortunes from the slave economy.
As a result, there are now wealthy families all around the UK still indirectly enjoying the proceeds of slavery where it has been passed on to them. Dr Draper said: “There was a feeding frenzy around the compensation.” A John Austin, for instance, owned 415 slaves, and got compensation of £20,511, a sum worth nearly £17m today. And there were many who received far more.
Academics from UCL, led by Dr Draper, spent three years drawing together 46,000 records of compensation given to British slave-owners into an internet database to be launched for public use on Wednesday. But he emphasised that the claims set to be unveiled were not just from rich families but included many “very ordinary men and women” and covered the entire spectrum of society.
Dr Draper added that the database’s findings may have implications for the “reparations debate”. Barbados is currently leading the way in calling for reparations from former colonial powers for the injustices suffered by slaves and their families.
Among those revealed to have benefited from slavery are ancestors of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, former minister Douglas Hogg, authors Graham Greene and George Orwell, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and the new chairman of the Arts Council, Peter Bazalgette. Other prominent names which feature in the records include scions of one of the nation’s oldest banking families, the Barings, and the second Earl of Harewood, Henry Lascelles, an ancestor of the Queen’s cousin. Some families used the money to invest in the railways and other aspects of the industrial revolution; others bought or maintained their country houses, and some used the money for philanthropy. George Orwell’s great-grandfather, Charles Blair, received £4,442, equal to £3m today, for the 218 slaves he owned.
The British government paid out £20m to compensate some 3,000 families that owned slaves for the loss of their “property” when slave-ownership was abolished in Britain’s colonies in 1833. This figure represented a staggering 40 per cent of the Treasury’s annual spending budget and, in today’s terms, calculated as wage values, equates to around £16.5bn.
Britain’s colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolitionFebruary 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm #6696
What if everything you know is wrong?
“It is fashionable to deride anything like what I’m suggesting as a “conspiracy theory” which conveniently cuts off discussion amidst images of people living in basements wearing tinfoil hats.”February 27, 2013 at 10:06 am #6706February 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm #6711
Leon Brittan SpeaksFebruary 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm #6712March 1, 2013 at 11:24 am #6716
A newly discovered document reveals that President Reagan and his national security team in 1981 approved Guatemala’s extermination of both leftist guerrillas and their “civilian support mechanisms,” a green light that opened a path to genocide against hundreds of Mayan villages, reports Robert Parry.March 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm #6717
The damage Benedict XVI has done to the Catholic church and the papacy may be far from over. All I can say about yesterday’s developments is that they seem potentially disastrous and also indicative to me of something truly weird going on underneath all of this.March 3, 2013 at 4:51 am #6722
The Holocaust Just Got More ShockingMarch 3, 2013 at 9:49 am #6723
The nucleus of Dirty Lying Bastard’s antipathy is Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil Corporation, two of the world’s biggest oil companies. On the official film website, Greedy Lying Bastard’s reports that between 1998 and 2012 ExxonMobil spent more than $27 million to dispel claims of global warming. While the Koch brothers, who run Koch Industries, spent more than $67 million quashing climate change claims between 1997 and 2012. (2)
This documentary film is blatantly out to shock people and highlight the corruption within oil corporations and politics. The film presents a shocking analysis of the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United in 2010, which enabled massive amounts of corporate cash to flood the electoral process, and in doing so demonstrated barefaced corruption of the U.S.’s highest court and its “cosy relationship with top corporate interests”.March 3, 2013 at 10:56 am #6724March 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm #6725
Harvard Reveals Ted Kaczynski is an MK-Ultra Mind Control Victim
In June of 2000, Harvard University Invoices also linked Kaczynski to the CIA [LA Times] as a subject in the CIA Mind Control Program MK-Ultra. The brilliant awkward 16 year old Kaczynski met with Henry A Murray (of Mk-Ultra LSD Scandal fame) in 1959 on his third day at Harvard and every week thereafter. [Atlantic Monthly][Net] Interestingly, Ted Kaczynski’s Mk-Ultra Codename was “Lawful”…mind control slang for “Eureka here’s our guy” ! The public has never heard Ted Kaczynski’s voice to date, nor seen him speak. The murder of MK-Ultra scientist Frank Olson was later covered up by Donald Rumsfeld and Cheney [Rumsfeld]March 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm #6726
NO Adam Lanza…
March 4, 2013 at 12:12 am #6730March 4, 2013 at 12:28 am #6731March 4, 2013 at 1:50 am #6733
Afaik, neither the brain scan stuff nor the vaccination stuff is credible, but that doesn’t mean some twit couldn’t dupe DOD into funding the research or even doing it.March 4, 2013 at 1:51 am #6734
Interesting source materialMarch 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm #6736
That the Arthur G Dozier School – a borstal for delinquent boys founded in 1900 – was not a gentle place was well-established. Boys as young as six were chained to walls, lashings with a leather strap were frequent and, in the early decades, children endured enforced labour, making bricks and working printing presses. When it was closed in 2011, it had already been the subject of separate federal and state investigations.
But, as suspicions deepen about how the boys in the burial ground died, pressure is growing again on the state to shine new light into the darkest days of the school in Marianna, a Florida Panhandle town that once was a bastion of the KKK and the site of the 1934 lynching of Claude Neal. The pressure is coming from some of the school’s survivors, from relatives of boys who died here, and from Florida’s top US Senator, Bill Nelson.March 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm #6745March 7, 2013 at 12:05 am #6746
The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the “dirty wars” in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgents. These units conducted some of the worst acts of torture during the US occupation and accelerated the country’s descent into full-scale civil war.March 7, 2013 at 11:42 am #6753MariParticipant
Rand Paul – minute by minute
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ended his old-fashioned filibuster to try and hold up the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director after nearly 13 hours early Thursday.
Business in the Senate ground to a halt Wednesday as Paul — aided by colleagues from both parties — launched into the filibuster as he tried to hold up the nomination over concerns about the president’s authority to kill Americans with drones.
Paul’s filibuster was at least two hours longer than most in U.S. history, as most flame out around 10 hours. Paul finished speaking around 12:40 a.m. local time, and his filibuster lasted 12 hours and 52 minutes.
“My legs hurt. My feet hurt. Everything hurts right now,” Paul told Fox News shortly after stepping off the Senate floor, saying he believes “we did the best that we could.”March 11, 2013 at 12:03 am #6767March 11, 2013 at 7:49 am #6770March 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm #6775
Find this really shocking, I suppose because I never follow radio and tv anymore…
So now we are going to lose our civil rights, just like the AmericansMarch 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm #6776
The only places that there is any truth about what’s really going on is fringe blogs sites, which often have a mixture of stuff from all sorts if sources of varying credibility. And for how much longer ?
Almost all the MSM is controlled already, as is much of the internet. The masses have no idea what’s really happening.March 12, 2013 at 5:34 am #6781
If anyone thought the Pentagon Papers represented a shocking scandal – and clearly millions of Americans did – how would people react to a file that revealed Nixon had kept the slaughter going – with thousands of additional American soldiers dead and the violence spilling back into the United States – just so he could win an election?March 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm #6803March 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm #6829
“On 14 March 2013, James Scott, the editor of the Sunday People, was arrested by the police.
“Nick Buckley, Mr Scott’s deputy, and former People editor Mark Thomas, are also understood to be in custody.”March 18, 2013 at 6:28 am #6840March 18, 2013 at 7:28 am #6843
NYPD declared martial law in East Flatbush. No media can go into that area and the police have the right to be as brutal as they want.
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