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Twitter in 1906, France

«Aliocha then introduces a writer of whom I had never previously heard, Félix Fénéon, who for a few months in 1906 used the “News in Three Lines” column of Le Matin to tell stories in poetic snippets of fewer than 135 characters, such as:»

M. X., de Montauban, nettoyait son fusil. On l’enterre demain. (”Mr X of Montauban was cleaning his rifle. He will be buried tomorrow.”)

Madame Fournier, M. Voisin, M. Septeuil se sont pendus : neurasthénie, cancer, chômage. (”Mme Fournier, M. Voisin and M. Septeuil have hanged themselves: neurasthenia, cancer and unemployment.”)

Le bateau de pêche la Marie-Jeanne, dix hommes dessus. Une lame de fond, dix hommes dessous. (”Fishing boat Mary Jane, ten men aboard. A sudden swell, ten men below.”)»

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Paul Gilroy on Twitter:

[N]ew dimensions of the black Atlantic are being manifested in the toxic waste dumps of Cote d’Ivoire.

[N]ow we can know the novel value of African infrahumanity. Kenya’s timid court also helps with that task.

Cowries, trinkets, guns, alcohol, slaves, cod & gold. Secondhand clothes, toxic waste, diamonds, more gold, tantalum, truth & reconciliation.

Related story:
Papers prove Trafigura ship dumped toxic waste in Ivory Coast
(The Guardian)

Documents have emerged which detail for the first time the potentially lethal nature of toxic waste dumped by British-based oil traders in one of west Africa’s poorest countries.