Episode 37 - Logistics of Slavery (Part 2 of 2)

Last week we explored some of the conditions of the record number of slaves all across our world today. But to really understand the issue, we need to look at the systems that create and depend upon this cheap form of exploited labor - and to do that we turn our conversation to logistics.

No other force has reshaped our world as much as modern day logistics. From it's humble beginnings with the shipping container to redefining national security and our very political borders today, the massive power of shipping goods from A to B has dramatically changed the world - often for worse. This week we explore some of the effects of this force and the workers that get caught up in the process.

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  • 00:19 Paris Transforms
  • 05:00 Military and Logistics
  • 07:37 Logistics Transforms the World
  • 14:45 Flags of Convenience
  • 17:36 Cruise of Convenience
  • 22:22 Speeding Up Goods and Death
  • 24:53 Driving Faster Logistics
  • 41:25 Security of Logistics
  • 55:42 Workers are Threats
  • 59:15 Borders are Threats
  • 1:01:38 Democracy and Pirates
  • 1:08:15 What Can We Do?

Recommended Reading

Additional Reading (Honorable Mentions)

ICE Detainee Labor

Legal Indentured Servitude

Thailand Slave Ships

Quotes About Military and Logistics


@article{Ben Mauk_2014, title={The Ludlow Massacre Still Matters}, ISSN={0028-792X}, url={https://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-ludlow-massacre-still-matters}, journal={The New Yorker}, author={Ben Mauk}, year={2014}, month={Apr}}

@misc{Brett Murphy_2017, title={Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.}, url={https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/news/rigged-forced-into-debt-worked-past-exhaustion-left-with-nothing/}, journal={USA TODAY}, author={Brett Murphy}, year={2017}, month={Jun}}

@misc{Chavdar Chanev_2015, title={Cruise Ship Registry, Flags of Convenience, Flag State Control}, url={http://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/758-cruise-ship-registry-flags-of-convenience-flag-state-control}, journal={CruiseMapper}, author={Chavdar Chanev}, year={2015}, month={Nov}}

@book{Deborah Cowen_2014, title={The Deadly Life of Logistics}, ISBN={ISBN 978-0-8166-8088-7}, url={https://www.scribd.com/doc/251116317/The-Deadly-Life-of-Logistics-by-Deborah-Cowen}, abstractNote={A genealogy of logistics, tracing the link between markets and militaries, territory and government}, author={Deborah Cowen}, year={2014}}

@misc{Hoda Katebi_2018, title={All Fast-Fashion Requires Systemic Gender-Based Violence: Conscious Collections are Fake News}, url={http://www.joojooazad.com/2018/07/ethical-fast-fashion-gender-based-violence-in-factories.html}, journal={JOOJOO AZAD}, author={Hoda Katebi}, year={2018}, month={Jul}}

@misc{Human Rights Watch_2016, title={World Report 2016: Rights Trends in United Arab Emirates}, url={https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/country-chapters/united-arab-emirates}, journal={Human Rights Watch}, author={Human Rights Watch}, year={2016}, month={Jan}}

@misc{Jason Linkins_2018, title={Qatar uses bribery, slavery to prepare for next men’s World Cup}, url={https://thinkprogress.org/next-world-cup-qatar-immoral-labor-practices-79b3c94b98ed/}, journal={Think Progress}, author={Jason Linkins}, year={2018}, month={Jul}}

@misc{Jonathan Liew_2017, title={Qatar’s World Cup workers are not workers, they are slaves, and they are building mausoleums, not stadiums}, url={http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/world-cup-2022-qatars-workers-slaves-building-mausoleums-stadiums-modern-slavery-kafala-a7980816.html}, journal={The Independent}, author={Jonathan Liew}, year={2017}, month={Oct}}

@misc{Keith Johnson_2018, title={Why Is China Buying Up Europe’s Ports?}, url={https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/02/why-is-china-buying-up-europes-ports/}, journal={Foreign Policy}, author={Keith Johnson}, year={2018}, month={Feb}}

@misc{Kristine Phillips_2017, title={Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws}, url={https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/05/thousands-of-ice-detainees-claim-they-were-forced-into-labor-a-violation-of-anti-slavery-laws/}, journal={Washington Post}, author={Kristine Phillips}, year={2017}, month={Mar}}

@misc{Larry Kahaner_2017, title={Why truckers are paid by the mile instead of by the hour: A Fleet Owner explainer}, url={https://www.fleetowner.com/driver-management/why-truckers-are-paid-mile-instead-hour-fleet-owner-explainer}, journal={Fleet Owner}, author={Larry Kahaner}, year={2017}, month={Dec}}

@misc{Lizzie Presser_2017, title={Below Deck — The California Sunday Magazine}, url={https://story.californiasunday.com/below-deck}, journal={California Sunday}, author={Lizzie Presser}, year={2017}, month={Feb}}

@misc{Logistics Middle East Staff_2018, title={Dubai ranked in top five in International Shipping Centre Development Index}, url={https://www.logisticsmiddleeast.com/transport/maritime/31063-dubai-ranked-in-top-five-in-international-shipping-centre-development-index}, journal={Logistics Middle East}, author={Logistics Middle East Staff}, year={2018}, month={Jul}}

@misc{Lorena Figueroa_2016, title={Maquila industry keeps workers in poverty, study says}, url={https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2016/09/24/maquila-industry-keeps-workers-poverty-study-says/91052154/}, journal={Las Cruces Sun-News}, author={Lorena Figueroa}, year={2016}, month={Sep}}

@misc{PBS_2018, title={The Strike at Homestead Mill}, url={https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/carnegie-strike-homestead-mill/}, journal={American Experience}, author={PBS}, year={2018}, month={Jan}}

@misc{Stevenson_Cole_2018, title={We analysed 101 companies’ statements on modern slavery – here’s what we found}, url={http://theconversation.com/we-analysed-101-companies-statements-on-modern-slavery-heres-what-we-found-95561}, journal={The Conversation}, author={Stevenson, Mark and Cole, Rosanna}, year={2018}, month={May}}

Published 16-08-2018 22:54