Colonialism

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

The Historical Context and Contemporary Relevance of PM Modi's 'Zero Defect, Make in India' Vision

Abhaey Singh | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

Given China's continuation of a broadly Anglo-Saxon model of economics and manufacture, instead of one derived from her own exemplary past - which in turn equates to a lost opportunity for all global consumers - the inherent 'Indianess' of Prime Minister Modi's manufacturing vision may ultimately be good news for all of us.

A Note on Censorship - Some Final Reflections on the Human Zoo Campaign

Akala | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Akala

To those that crying that our discussions of white supremacy and empire somehow constitute reverse racism or victimize white people, please. It is you who make this accusation that are in fact anti-white, because it is you who assumes that there are not white human beings with enough intelligence to understand the discussion and the history at hand and engage with it in a meaningful way, clearly you are wrong.

Anti-Racist Protestors Manage To Shut Down Anti-Racist Play

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

A critically-acclaimed performance event featuring black actors in a "human zoo" has been cancelled after protests which posed "a serious threat" to t...

British Muslims + British Values Does Not = 'British Islam'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

'British values' is an ambiguous term which means many things to different people, especially to those who were born and raised in the UK. I highly doubt that the ruling political class in Whitehall could define what British values are without parroting automated generic words like "freedom", "tolerance" and "respect".

The Empire Writes Back - Kamila Shamsie's 'A God in Every Stone'

Nauman Khalid | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nauman Khalid

Lance-Naik Qayyum Gul of the 40th Pathans is the other main character who animates this tale through the warp and weft of which runs Empire. Along with his friend and subordinate Kalam, he fights for the British in the Great War. At Ypres, he is saved by his friend but loses an eye in combat. He is nursed back to health in Brighton and returns to Peshawar.

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

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.05.2014 | 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.