Is Syria the Kind Of Place where World Wars Start?

Burning the Midnight Oil for the Arc of the Sun

See also previously in the examination of the Sunset Empire Shuddering and Shaking

Now, you might think that we don't have enough observations to talk about "where World Wars start" in general. Still, this is something that keeps coming to my mind as I look at the Syrian Civil War, so as long as its kept in mind that this is suggestive rather than definitive, I'm going to have a look at it.

By the early 1900's, the Balance of Power politics of the 1800's had settled down into a polarized system of treaties. Germany's geopolitical strategy of isolating France had failed with the establishment of the Russian / French alliance, which in turn pushed Germany and Austria-Hungary closer together. Then the perceived threat posed to England by the alliance of the German and Austria-Hungarian Empires paved the way to the Entente Cordial with France in 1904 and then the Entente with Russia in 1907. That polarized network of treaty relationships was, of course, the bomb that exploded as WWI.

But the spark that famously set off WWI was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of the Austria-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo.

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Hellraisers Journal: In Michigan Copper Country, Girl Shot in Head by Deputies

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Labor Day Monday September 7, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Labor Will March 5000 Strong in Occupied Victor Today

As state troops continue to pour into the Cripple Creek District, the working men and women have not been deterred from holding their Labor Day Parade in the city of Cripple Creek. It is expected that 5000 will turn out to participate and that 3000 of those will be members of the Western Federation of Miners. Among the marchers will be the Newsboys Union No. 32 from the city of Victor, of which all forty are expected to march in their pure white duck suits.

Many protest meetings have been held in Cripple Creek and Victor, and resolutions have been passed against the military occupation of the strike zone. It has been learned that Mayor French, of Victor, made a formal request to the Governor for troops, and there have been calls for his resignation by the City Council of Victor. Similar meetings have taken place in Cripple Creek.

The District Trades and Labor Assembly met yesterday in Victor and passed strong resolutions condemning Mayor French and Governor Peabody. This Assembly represents all of the various unions of the Cripple Creek District. Mrs. Emma F. Langdon, of the Typographers, states that it would be difficult to describe the strong feeling that exists against the military occupation of the district.

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Hellraisers Journal: Eleven #WalmartStrikers Arrested at Renton #Walmart by Police in Riot Gear

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Sunday September 6, 1903
From the Appeal To Reason: Socialist Party Report from Pennsylvania

The Appeal recently published this report from Franklin H. Slick, Secretarty of the Socialist Party in Pennsylvania:

In no state in the union is there a more fertile field for Socialism than in the Keystone state. Here the trusts, corporations and corrupt capitalist politicians hold sway. The Socialist party is the only organized political force arrayed against these powers of greed, corruption and oppression. Previous to the anthracite coal strike it was almost impossible to convince the workers to join our party. The arrogance of the coal trust, Baer's declaration that he and his class were divinely appointed to take care of the working people, opened the eyes of the wealth producers and they showed their recognition of the class struggle by increasing our votes from 4,861 to 21,910 in the November election of 1902...

A strike of 100,000 textile workers is now on in Philadelphia. They asked for a reduction of the hours of work from sixty to fifty-five. The manufacturers have combined to starve them until they give up the strike. Our speakers are calling attention to what tariff laws have done to enrich the manufacturers and the prospects are good that thousands of workingmen who voted the old parties' tickets will vote for Socialism this fall.

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Amy Lieberman has been covering the danger inherent in being a transgender woman for a few years now for women's eNews. Most recently she has been in Mexico, delving into the consequences when a transwoman is deported back to Mexico.

Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous places to be transgender. But as lawmakers try to change that, transgender women who are deported confront a social backlash that makes their homeland more fearful than ever.

If you pass inside, you will likely find yourself decrying the way Mexican transgender women are treated. But you should be aware that it is not all that much different than transwomen are treated in the US.

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Hellraisers Journal: Time for #Solidarity with #WalmartStrikers across the USA, Arrests NYC (Tweets)

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Saturday September 5, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - State Troops Arriving in the Strike Zone

The Governor's "investigation" of conditions in the strike zone lasted from 9:30 p.m. Thursday night until early yesterday morning. The three commissioners met overnight with representatives of the Mine Owners and other "important" citizens. They consulted no miners nor any representatives of the Western Federation of Miners. They arrived back in Denver yesterday morning, gave their "report" to Governor Peabody, and by noon yesterday news was received in the strike zone that troops were being ordered into the Cripple Creek District.

Troops began arriving just before midnight and are still arriving at this time. We hear that about 1,000 troops, in all, will be stationed in the strike zone. They come heavily supplied with munitions.

It seems that Adjutant General Bell had his troops ready to go. Militiamen where seen already in uniform around Denver early yesterday morning as the commissioners were making their report to the Governor.

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Hellraisers Journal: Charles Moyer and Clarence Darrow meet with Michigan's Governor Ferris

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Friday September 4, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Governor's Commission Investigates Need for Troops.

The general impression of the Western Federation of Miners and their supporters is that the Mine Owners are bringing strong pressure to bear on Governor Peabody to send troops into the Cripple Creek District. Therefore, there was no surprise when the governor's investigating commission arrived yesterday, other than to note the time of the arrival: 9:30 p.m. The commission, consisting of Attorney General N. C. Miller, Brigadier General John C. Chase, and Lieutenant T. E. McClelland, were ushered off the Short Line and through a back ally to the rear entrance of the Bank of Victor.

At this fortress of the wealthy, they met with Mayor French and a handful of upstanding citizens, no miners among them. They visited another prominent citizen, Mr. Franklin, in his home for about a half hour before leaving for Cripple Creek. After a long meeting with Sheriff Robertson and the Mine Owners, they returned once more to Victor.

The governor's commission was in the strike zone for about eight hours total. They met with no miners, nor any representative of the Western Federation of Miners. They returned to Denver early this morning, and will likely meet with the Governor Peabody today to make their recommendation regarding the need to send state troops into the Cripple Creek Strike Zone.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones sent to Trinidad by urgent request of UMW Pres. John P White

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday September 3, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - Striking Miner's Home Burned to the Ground

The home of a striking miner, Brother Dennison of the Western Federation of Miners, was burned to the ground last night. Incendiaries were used on the home in the middle of the night. As the family attempted to save a few of their belongings, company gunthugs from the nearby El Paso Mine stood by laughing. They offered no assistance in saving the family's home or belongings.

While we admit that there is no positive proof that these gunthugs of the El Paso Mine are guilty of setting this family's home ablaze, we will note that they have been harassing and abusing this family since the strike began. And we note that striking miners have been rounded up, jailed, and deported with far less reason for suspicion.

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Gender Prison: "I have never met a transgender detainee who hasn't experienced some kind of sexual harassment"

Horace commented on last evening's diary Transgender in the Hoosegow expressing concern about the treatment of transwomen in detention by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

“There are many violations of human rights. One of them is that inmates in solitary confinement are forced to take tranquilizers in order to keep them calm.”

The counselor said that during the first trimester of this year, at least 10 transsexuals – all of them Latina – were pressured into signing documents for voluntary deportation.

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) did not respond to requests for comment on the situation of transgender inmates.

--Transgender Immigrants Detail Detention Abuse, Voices of NY

ICE probably doesn't comment on transgender inmates because ICE officials consider us to be less than human. I could be wrong about that, but they would have to convince me.

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