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They're called "bracciante", the farm hands: the mostly migrant, mostly black manual laborers down in southern Italy picking tomatoes and struggling for basic rights before and during the global pandemic. Heavy on the heart and light in the history books, the long story of colonial pillage and overdue reparations is once again in the news. This week we read about Haiti and its surreal debt to France, about how West Africa surrendered control of its currencies for over 70 years - and is still struggling to redefine the rules. You pull the thread of this entangled history and come up with the feudal futuristic details of our current era: across the land, across the screens, at every platform level of the one machine: everything old will now become new.

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Apps within apps

on Jul 05, 2020 05:51 pm

“We think that interactive is the next frontier,” Shapiro said, “and not only interactive, but this kind of remixable interactive.”

The startup taking on Apple and Snapchat in a mini-app war

on Jul 05, 2020 05:39 pm

Here’s Dmitry Shapiro’s big idea: apps that go inside your apps. Want to play a game inside a Reddit post, make a GIF without leaving the iMessage window, or pick theater seats with your friends? That’s what Shapiro, his co-founder Sean Thielen, and their new company Koji, want to do.

‘The Invisibles’: Unseen footage of Italy’s migrant labourers at peak of COVID-19

on Jul 05, 2020 10:39 am

Those are the words of Aboubakar Soumahoro, an Ivorian living in Italy whose work as a union leader to fight for the rights of over 200,000 migrant labourers – mostly from Africa – has garnered him much attention.

The Post-Pandemic Style

on Jul 03, 2020 02:39 pm

Slate is making its coronavirus coverage free for all readers. Subscribe to support our journalism. Start your free trial. Outside grocery stores, neat yellow marks on concrete sidewalks compose masked shoppers into lines at 6-foot intervals.

For Lesbians, TikTok Is ‘the Next Tinder’

on Jul 02, 2020 09:39 pm

Young women feeling alienated by dating apps and bar culture are finding love on their For You pages. On Feb. 3, Lauren Vlach received $8 on Venmo, spread across four $2 payments, from a girl she had never met.

When Haiti paid France for freedom: the greatest heist in history

on Jul 02, 2020 07:39 pm

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced.

America’s Enduring Caste System

on Jul 01, 2020 09:39 pm

We saw a man face down on the pavement, pinned beneath a car, and above him another man, a man in uniform, his skin lighter than the man on the ground, and the lighter man was bearing down on the darker man, his knee boring into the neck of the darker man, the lighter man’s hands at his sides, in

Replacing CFA with Eco ‘challenges the sovereignty’ of Nigerian naira

on Jul 01, 2020 12:39 am

The Francophone countries coming together to replace the colonial currency, the CFA Franc with the Eco, may be “a major step forward and a positive thing,” says Andrew S. Nevin, Chief Economist, Nigeria Clients and Markets Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The Walkman, Forty Years On

on Jul 01, 2020 12:39 am

Even prior to extended quarantines, lockdowns, and self-isolation, it was hard to imagine life without the electronic escapes of noise-cancelling earbuds, smartphones, and tablets. Today, it seems impossible.


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