Marginalisation And Privilege: #TakeBackTheRebozo

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

In my post, I wrote "enchanted by the exotic double rebozo" to exemplify my ignorance. An old school friend drew my attention to the controversy and global campaign to #TakeBackTheRebozo. The irony is obvious: my ignorance has led me to confront the Euro-centric British English of my own lexis.

Business As Usual: Why We Need To Stop Talking About Trump's Warmongering As An Anomaly

Amira Elwakil | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Amira Elwakil

It is not through a revival of a 'golden past' with Obama at the helm or the discovery of a loophole that would send Clinton to the White House that the problem will be solved. It is through focusing the fight on the imperialism that makes it possible for Trump (and all that he embodies) to continue the warmongering legacy of his predecessors.

Donald Trump Reaction: The World As We Know It Is A World That Never Was

Craig Berry | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Craig Berry

The world will become more illiberal as a result, but we must not overlook the extent to which liberalism had only become selectively embedded in world order to begin with due to its hitherto compatibility with American imperialism. Trump's election may in future be seen as a decisive break with liberalism, but the earlier turn to neoliberalism had already signalled that liberalism and American imperialism had become increasingly incompatible.

Are British Muslims 'Disloyal' for Criticising This Country?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

I had the pleasure of debating British history last weekend on the BBC Sunday Morning Live Show with lecturer and historian Kate Williams, editor of B...

Quetta: The Earthquake That Should Shake the Teaching of the British Empire

Usman Butt | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Usman Butt

How can an event that led to the mass loss of human life, help create life elsewhere? For if it hadn't happened, I would not be here. And for students of Empire the same question is asked, if the empire hadn't happened, would we be here?

Paris Attacks - Let's Talk About the 'War on Terror'

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Hamza Hamouchene

We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.

All the Ambivalence of a Citizenship Ceremony

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Today, I have become a Citizen of the British imperialist state. As if that wasn't bad enough, I also had to swear my allegiance to "Her Majesty", her Heirs and Successors, a bunch of idlers, thieves and expropriators (to use the current lexicon: benefits scroungers!). Offensive, isn't it?

"We Are Proud To Present": a reflection on a magnificent play.

Musa Okwonga | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

I had the privilege, on the penultimate night of its six-week London run at the Bush Theatre, of seeing a truly outstanding play. Written by Jackie Si...

15 Years on From Serbia - Why Does the UN Still Exist?

Marko Kasic | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Marko Kasic

I have no standing in passing judgement on the actions of those entrusted with making enormously difficult decisions, most of which are far beyond my comprehension. However, I do believe I am entitled, just like every other person, to ask the question of why the UN has not been sacked?

UK Feminism Doesn't Need Femen's Imperialism

Tilly Grove | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Grove

For women to be free from oppression, they must be able to do what they choose. Femen's brand of empowerment is doing what Femen tells you to do, which in this case is to be naked. Whilst it is absolutely right that women should be able to be naked if they want to, nobody should be told to do so.

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.

Britain Is Getting Cosy With Another Authoritarian Regime in North Africa

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Lord Risby, David Cameron's Special Trade Envoy to Algeria will be leading an important trade delegation to the country next week. UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grid and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel corporate interests.

Why 'The White Man's Burden' Has Less Factual Authority than 'Looney Tunes' - The Baffling Imperial Myths About India, Africa & the Developing World

Abhaey Singh | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Abhaey Singh

As highlighted in the fourth instalment of this India series, Dickensian imagery of Victorian slums, mass squalor and destitution, as well as the inst...

Parallels Between Washington and Ancient Rome are Increasingly Apparent

John Wight | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The parallels between Washington and ancient Rome are increasingly apparent As with its predecessor, Washington presides over a global empire that is economic, political, and cultural in scope, secured by a military capability that far exceeds its rivals or any potential alliance of its rivals.

‎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...

Fifteen Indian Inventions and Discoveries That Shaped the Modern World - Part 1

Abhaey Singh | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Abhaey Singh

As India prepares to celebrate its 67th Independence Day next month, this blog post, the first in a new series about an India that many of us know little about, lists the first four of fifteen ground-breaking contributions that India has made to the lives that all of us lead today in Britain, and around the world.

As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

James Elliott | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

One question that has consistently been ducked by the warmongering interventionists, who range from encouraging arms sales to jihadis to openly calling for the abandonment of all negotiations, is this: Can we trust David Cameron when it comes to foreign policy?

More Barbarism Is No Solution to the Barbarism Already Unleashed in Syria

John Wight | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

Syria is now the frontline in a struggle between western powers intent on a unipolar world, and a Russian and Chinese-led multipolar alternative in wh...

Review: Unhitched - The Trial of Christopher Hitchens by Richard Seymour

Andrew Doyle | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Andrew Doyle

Towards the end of the ninth century, Pope Stephen VI had the body of his predecessor Formosus exhumed, dressed in its sacerdotal attire, and propped ...

Are the Black Sheep Leading the Way?

D.C. Gallin | Posted 18.09.2012 | Home
D.C. Gallin

Artists are often the black sheep of their families. This can be chalked up to any number of factors, but it's usually because they refuse to devote their lives to making money like the rest of the world. The odd one out: the idealist who has high-flying dreams that exist beyond the material plane.

Echoes of Sykes Picot as Syrian Conflict Deepens

John Wight | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK
John Wight

As the Syrian conflict moves up a gear in intensity with the assassination of key members of the regime in a bomb attack in Damascus, it would be a mistake to consider events in Syria in isolation from the rest of the region.

The International Misery Fund

Tony Mckenna | Posted 07.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

At its inception in 1945, the IMF was disputed by two rival tendencies. The British group, led by the brilliant economist J Maynard Keynes, envisaged an organisation which would act to regulate capital flow world-wide in order to cap national deficits, and so avoid the employment crises and economic collapses which had wracked the world economy of the 30s.

The Necessary Force of Humanitarian Intervention

Francis Hoar | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Politics
Francis Hoar

It isn't when people are proved right that they become convinced of the righteousness of their arguments. It is when they have been proved wrong.