Colonialism

The Third World Fallacy: What It Really Means to Be From a Third World Country

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Awoowe Hamza

If you're expecting me to paint a picture of the struggles of those from developing countries to reinforce the first thought of an Aid commercial showing a young child that came to mind when you read the words 'Third World', then I am sorry to disappoint you.

Malta Isn't Devaluing Its Citizenship (Any More Than Anyone Else...)

Nathan Mercieca | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nathan Mercieca

The reason so many foreign powers are angry with Malta is not because it is doing something that has never been done before, but because it is being honest about what everyone else is doing all the time.

Gay Sex Ban Upheld By Indian Supreme Court

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Gay sex is to remain a crime in India after the country’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal to overturn the controversial ban. Activists and the ...

Indian Government Requests Review Of Gay Sex Ban

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Indian Government has filed a petition asking the country’s Supreme Court to review its ruling that gay sex is a criminal offence. Earlier t...

'It Is A Black Day': Indian Supreme Court Rules Gay Sex Is Illegal

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Indian Government Requests Review Of Gay Sex Ban India’s Supreme Court has ruled gay sex as a criminal offence, making it punishable with...

Black History Month Is About Asians Too

Shahida Rahman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Shahida Rahman

October marks Black History Month which embraces the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people who have a direct link with the UK through slavery, colonialism or migration. Lascars, or South Asian sailors, must be included in this significant group of survivors.

Lumumba's Assassination Should Be a Lesson for All of Us

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

It seems that the African continent's name is so much associated with wars, famine, ethnic cleansing and brutal corrupt dictatorships. That's what we keep hearing in the Western mainstream media and that's what we get from the Western political discourse.

Making Home: The Legacy of Ugandan Asians in the UK

Bidisha | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bidisha

The story begins in the 19th century, when Indian labourers were put to work in British East Africa by English colonial rulers. This rule, and it exploitation and appropriation of peoples and lands, continued for a generation and was followed by the fight for liberation from dominance and for independence.

‎The Greatest Cover-Up in History ? How Imperial Britain's Racist India, Africa & China Narrative ‎Still Persists

Abhaey Singh | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK
Abhaey Singh

"Many hundreds of years before the coming of the English, the nations of India had been a collection of wealthy and highly civilised people, possessed...

The Crimes of Our Fathers - From Kenya to Bahrain

John Lubbock | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
John Lubbock

I don't think this can be said loudly enough because it should be big news. The UK government has decided to pay compensation to over 5,000 people it tortured and kept in concentration camps in Kenya 60 years ago. It has, however, refused to accept legal responsibility for the crimes committed, or to use the word 'sorry'.

Britain Has a Duty to Compensate All Victims of Colonial Repression

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

The UK government's expression of regret and its agreement to pay compensation to Kenyan torture victims must now lead to similar redress for the victims of repression in other colonial era domains: Malaya, Aden, Cyprus and the north of Ireland.

Like a Red Flag to a Bull: On the Tyranny of Flags

Rebecca Greig | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK
Rebecca Greig

I don't like flags. Now, I know what you're thinking. There are so many flags, with so many different meanings. I'm talking national flags. Who can forget the look of atavistic hatred on an England supporter's red and white face (and not just because he's sunburnt) when he's lost a game to Germany?

African Union at 50: Has It Been Good for Peace?

Phil Vernon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

At its onset in 1963, the OAU was a vehicle for pan-African solidarity at a time of liberation struggle. Its successor, the AU, is part of the international peacebuilding system. It has made a significant contribution to peace in Africa.

Gap Years: A New Form of Colonialism?

James Evans | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Evans

If I had taken up the great gap year challenge, it would not be the first time a boring British man had paid as little as possible to extract as much as he could from a poor country with interesting individuals, tastes and traditions.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Deputy Speaker Stands Aside. For Now.

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on (bank holiday) Monday 6 May 2013... 1) DEPUTY SPEAKER STANDS ASIDE. FOR NOW. From the Guardian: "Nigel Ev...

Muslimah Pride: We Reject Femens Islamophobic and Neo-Colonialist Crusade to Save Us

Sofia Ahmed | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sofia Ahmed

If Femen really want to help Muslim women they should address the fact that for far too long now, Muslim women have been marginalised, bombed, raped, killed, and enslaved by men from the western world. They should work within their own countries to try and subvert future wars against Muslim countries and help break down barriers. Or perhaps they should stick to trying to liberate women in the west.

Caste Not Class Is the Main British Problem, Lords

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jasdev Singh Rai

On 16 April, the Commons will discuss an amendment by the Lords prohibiting an allegedly rampant discrimination in UK. Caste, not class. The evidenc...

Death in the Devil's Paradise

Jonathan Mazower | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK
Jonathan Mazower

One hundred years ago this month, one of the least known, and most shameful, episodes in British colonial history was brought to an end in a London court room.

Hands Off Our Islands! Debunking Argentine Claims to the Falklands

Mahmood Naji | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

Argentine claims to the Falklands do not stand up to scrutiny when judged by the laws, rules and precedents set at the time.

Why Is So Much Wealth in the Hands of the Few?

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

In a world where 854 million people are undernourished and 700 million are obese, the inequalities are stark.

Argentina's Claim Over the Falkland Islands Is Legitimate

John Wight | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

In her letter, the Argentinian president accuses Britain of having taken possession of the islands - known in Argentina as Las Malvinas - in a "blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism." Any objective rendering of the history of the Falklands reveals that she is right.

Will Algeria and France Finally Turn the Page?

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

The relationship between France and its former north African Colony Algeria is one tainted by a difficult and bitter colonial past. The two countries' shared history is often the backdrop to fierce debates at the official and societal levels.

We Can't Shy Away From a Painful and Dark Past

Victoria Uwonkunda | Posted 25.11.2012 | Home
Victoria Uwonkunda

Instead of putting a kibosh on that rascal kid journalist and his adventures, let us look at how we can best use these images, and others, to illustrate and explain the complexity of colonialism, slavery and oppression in a wider context.

Get Over Colonial Guilt? Not So Fast Mr Hague

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

William Hague argued that Britain needs to get ‎over its feelings of "post-colonial guilt", stating that we have a "new and equal partnership" with ‎countries unburdened by our colonial past history. Apparently we all need to 'relax', because ‎Britain's empire history is "no longer an issue for the rest of the world." Is that so?

The Mau Mau Were Vile, but So Was the British Response to Them

Michael Buerk | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Buerk

The Mau Mau, it must be said, were vile. After swearing to magical oaths, they butchered children, they tortured, mutilated and murdered - mostly Africans - who would not join their movement. The Kenyan government now calls them heroes, and has a national day in October to honour them, which is a despicable re-writing of history. But the British response to the uprising was also brutal, driven by the atavistic fears of the settlers in the so-called White Highlands, commonly regarded as the most snobbish and racist in the Empire.