This is Hundertwasser Haus. It is located in the 3rd district in the Löwengasse, Vienna.
In a “post-colonial” world, the plantation remains, but the king is replaced by the agro-economist. New titles, but colonial violence remains.
Same entities who wrecked forests of the Congo also wrecked forests of Southeast Asia. Sometimes one individual person destroys multiple forest worlds across the planet. The agro-economist managing King Leopold’s notorious rubber plantations in the Belgian-controlled Congo (between 1885 and 1908, where millions died, and many others had their hands removed for failure to meet harvest quotas) … was the same agro-economist who first introduced palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia. This person was Adrien Hallet, an acquaintance of the royal family. Leopold’s formal rule in Congo ended in 1908. But Hallet had made enough money in the rubber trade, that he could afford to purchase property in Southeast Asia and, in 1909, he founded the Belgian plantation-operating company Socfin.
Hallet is credited as the one who “perfected” rubber tree plantation agriculture, and then Hallet used his knowledge of the African oil palm trees to introduce palm monoculture in Southeast Asia, founding the world’s first large-scale palm oil plantation in Sumatra.
Wealth extracted from plantations in Central Africa, sponsoring the further extraction of wealth from plantations in Southeast Asia. Dispossession in the Congo, funding dispossession in Indonesia.
By 1940, with Hallet’s son now running the company, Socfin controlled 20% of the world’s palm oil supply, and at least 5% of the world’s rubber. Most of this palm oil wealth was extracted from Southeast Asia. But the Belgian company had also returned to the Congo to continue to proliferation of plantations, not under a “king’s” orders this time, but under corporate rule. (Much of a difference, really?)
Today, and for the past 20 years, by far the highest rates of deforestation within the borders of a single nation-state, happens in Indonesia. Today, the majority of palm oil is produced in Indonesia. And 45% of the world’s palm oil comes specifically from Borneo (which is mostly controlled by the Indonesian state), where the forest habitat of highly endangered Borneo orangutan is nearly eliminated to clear ground for the plantations. Of the 8.3 million hectares of palm oil plantations in Borneo, the deforestation to accommodate the majority (5.4 million hectares) of the plantations happened merely in 10 years between 2010 and 2020. In other words, the plantations are rapidly expanding. This dispossesses thousands of Indigenous people in Borneo and Papua and criminalizes their resistance to encroaching monoculture.
Most of colonial Africa was “liberated” from European rule in the early 1960s, right? “Independence.” Socfin reorganized itself, using many subsidiaries. Socfin was then acquired by the infamous shady French conglomerate, Bollore, in 1988, now one of Europe’s top 200 companies. The World Bank and IMF had held the continent hostage with structural adjustment and manipulative lending schemes which strong-armed people into accepting mass privatization, so that African communities accessed only the industries and development projects deemed appropriate by financial institutions. And so the Bollore group gained leverage, maintaining the plantations built by Socfin. Bollore now functionally controls railways, ports, warehouses, and plantations across Africa.
The king isn’t in charge any more, but the financial institution replicates the function. A “new” empire. Mostly unofficially, of course.
hey a family friend is in an ICE detention center about to be deported and he really needs money for a lawyer! i’m going to reblog with a link to donate because i hear tumblr fucks with posts with links
please please reblog!!!
to clarify, his parents came to the states when he was a small child so he doesn’t have any contacts if he gets deported, all of his friends and family are in the united states. i know everyone is really short on money but if you have something to spare, anything helps! everyone is worried for him, he’s stuck in a detention center during a pandemic, if you can’t donate i totally understand, please don’t put yourself in a bad situation, but sharing this would be really appreciated!
look i really don’t feel like it’s my place to share darion’s entire life story here but since it matters apparently, his mother and father are both dead and his only living blood relative is his little brother (who was born on american soil, so he’s a citizen but not darion)
for people asking for info on how to help outside of facebook, here’s some i’ve received from people closer to him!:
“If you want to pass on the ICE account info, the online is accesscorrections.com, the inmate info is Darion Sears, A#27549306 and he is at the Northwest Processing Center. There is also a US toll-free number (866)345-1884 which I found to be confusing as all hell"
thank you all so so much for spreading this, it really means a lot
i reaally don’t want to be a bother but this post is losing traction and we’re not even halfway to the goal, please keep boosting this!
Blackbird (2019) dir. Roger Michell
Lady Gaga “911″ (2020) dir. Tarsem Singh
whoever’s in my ben barnes tag i apologise
bojack horseman lost the emmy 😢
SH: Studies have shown that there are health benefits for men who reside in a state of sexless antagonism with a life partner.
JW: Oh, then you will live to be a hundred.
Elementary season 5 episode 3 “Render, and Then Seize Her” (2016) dir. Alex Chapple
Non-binary people who medically transition aren’t “basically” binary, they’re valid non-binary people who choose to medically transition.
Non-binary people who don’t medically transition aren’t “basically” cis, they’re valid non-binary people who aren’t interested in medically transitioning.
All non-binary people are valid non-binary people and their identities should be respected and validated whether or not they medically transition.
oh my god, i love tarsem singh's work!! i watched the video multiple times back to back i love it so much. Which of his movies do you like most?
i love the fall and mirror mirror and the cell… i even watched emerald city for him i love his eye so much
is blackbird good?
not sure… this is that good kind of crazy white ppl drama but it’s missing something……..
mia wasikowska is a lesbian in blackbird (2019) HELLO?????
Did you see Lady Gaga's new video 911? It's directed by Tarsem Singh! I don't like the song, but the costumes in the video are really cool.
OH YM GOD THANKS FO RLETTING ME KNOW MY DAD HAS WORK
good evening to korean scammers posing as handmaidens, their heiress girlfriends, that’s it,
did you end up reading the other book by the author of I'm thinking of ending things, called foe? I'm a quarter through now and liking it okay but hoping it doesnt disappoint like the last one..
I wasn’t planning on it but I just read the premise and ngl it sounds interesting… I have too much to read rn tho 😔
What’s your favourite period movie (please don’t say Carrie hahaha)? Mine’s Maurice :) love your blog btw
the handmaiden of course! thank you
after ALL the insidious scams white people have pulled on this site over the years fake charities and fake kickstarters and fucking dashcon llc why are yall only outraged when poc ask for help paying their electricity???
people in need of money on this site Especially people of colour shouldn’t have to type out five paragraphs of their life story for you to want to help them. they shouldn’t have to divulge their personal traumas. they shouldn’t have to post screenshots of their private bank accounts. they shouldn’t have to disclose photos of their ruined homes or belongings or bodies for you to want to help them. just have some basic empathy.