Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

(noun) the point in the orbit of an object (as a satellite) orbiting the earth that is at the greatest distance from the center of the earth / (noun) the point farthest from a planet or a satellite (as the moon) reached by an object orbiting it / (noun) the farthest or highest point; culmination

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Violent extraction reached its apogee under the Belgians, following the establishment of King Leopold II’s Congo Free State in 1885, gifted by the European powers assembled at the Congress of Berlin

—p.10 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

Violent extraction reached its apogee under the Belgians, following the establishment of King Leopold II’s Congo Free State in 1885, gifted by the European powers assembled at the Congress of Berlin

—p.10 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

a specific case of kleptocracy; translates into plunder/predatory/rapine economy, where the whole economy of the state is based on robbery, looting and plundering the conquered territories (either its neighbours, or its own territory, as long as it can)

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Leopold’s ‘Free State’ was a paradigmatic Raubwirtschaft (predatory economy)

—p.11 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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Leopold’s ‘Free State’ was a paradigmatic Raubwirtschaft (predatory economy)

—p.11 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

(adjective) constituting a class alone; unique peculiar

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In this, Zaire’s catastrophe emerges not as sui generis, but as an extreme variant of a wider pattern of financial mise-en-dépendance.

—p.18 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

In this, Zaire’s catastrophe emerges not as sui generis, but as an extreme variant of a wider pattern of financial mise-en-dépendance.

—p.18 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

a form of governance in which all power flows directly from the leader, which results in the blending of the public and private sectors; most notably defined by Max Weber in 1922

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This form of distribution is often referred to in Weberian terms as ‘neo-patrimonialism’—the ‘neo’ indicating that the apparatus of a modern state is used to administer patronage, yet without the forms of institutional separation between individual networks and office said to be characteristic of modern forms of authority.

—p.20 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

This form of distribution is often referred to in Weberian terms as ‘neo-patrimonialism’—the ‘neo’ indicating that the apparatus of a modern state is used to administer patronage, yet without the forms of institutional separation between individual networks and office said to be characteristic of modern forms of authority.

—p.20 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

"eating parties"; refers to political parties created for the purpose of enriching their leaders, not to advance an ideology, specifically in the context of Africa in recent years (I think)

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In place of the old party-state, hundreds of parties were established—many of them simply ‘partis alimentaires’, ideology-free ‘eating parties’ designed to sell their support to various power-brokers, and filled with hungry cadres in search of (often pathetically small) financial rewards.

—p.23 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

In place of the old party-state, hundreds of parties were established—many of them simply ‘partis alimentaires’, ideology-free ‘eating parties’ designed to sell their support to various power-brokers, and filled with hungry cadres in search of (often pathetically small) financial rewards.

—p.23 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

(noun) revenge / (noun) a usually political policy designed to recover lost territory or status

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The RPF saw the camps as an existential threat, supplying a base to Hutu revanchists as they plotted their return to power

I vaguely remember reading about this in A Thousand Hills, though that was from Kagame's POV so I guess I didn't get the full story

—p.25 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

The RPF saw the camps as an existential threat, supplying a base to Hutu revanchists as they plotted their return to power

I vaguely remember reading about this in A Thousand Hills, though that was from Kagame's POV so I guess I didn't get the full story

—p.25 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

(noun) preponderant influence or authority over others; domination / (noun) the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group

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In these circumstances, popular jacquerie was not directed by any kind of hegemonic leadership and went nowhere.

—p.25 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

In these circumstances, popular jacquerie was not directed by any kind of hegemonic leadership and went nowhere.

—p.25 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

a communal uprising or revolt; named after a popular revolt by peasants that took place in northern France in the early summer of 1358 during the Hundred Years' War (which was itself named after the "jacque", or tunic, that the peasants wore)

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In these circumstances, popular jacquerie was not directed by any kind of hegemonic leadership and went nowhere.

—p.25 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

In these circumstances, popular jacquerie was not directed by any kind of hegemonic leadership and went nowhere.

—p.25 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

a set of 10 economic policy prescriptions considered to constitute the "standard" reform package promoted for crisis-wracked developing countries by Washington, D.C.–based institutions like the IMF and the World Bank (in a nutshell, neoliberalism); term first used in 1989 by English economist John Williamson

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Kabila’s government had no independent access to capital markets: the only way of securing credit lay through the IMF’s Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) programme, where debt relief was tied to the usual requirements of the Washington Consensus

I've seen this term a whole bunch but I stupidly didn't realise that the IMF and WB were based in DC! of course it makes sense now that I think about it though

—p.37 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

Kabila’s government had no independent access to capital markets: the only way of securing credit lay through the IMF’s Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) programme, where debt relief was tied to the usual requirements of the Washington Consensus

I've seen this term a whole bunch but I stupidly didn't realise that the IMF and WB were based in DC! of course it makes sense now that I think about it though

—p.37 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

(verb) to deviate from the truth; equivocate

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Western governments prevaricated: they had never warmed to Tshisekedi, and many had some lingering attachment to Kabila.

—p.38 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago

Western governments prevaricated: they had never warmed to Tshisekedi, and many had some lingering attachment to Kabila.

—p.38 Africa's Leaky Giant (5) default author
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1 year, 3 months ago