Diego Garcia, as seen from space.
NASA via Wikimedia Commons
The UK is increasingly isolated in its claim to the Chagos Islands. If an international court finds in Mauritius's favour, the implications could be huge.
As they shook off a particularly unpleasant colonial hangover, the justices of India's Supreme Court issued a remarkably emotional set of judgments.
Successive governments have seen the Great Barrier Reef not just as a scientific wonder, but as a channel to further economic development.
The $444 million awarded to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been criticised as a politically calculated move. But governments have been asking what the reef can do for them ever since colonial times.
The cash machine doesn’t work for everyone.
Lots of things have happened in a century, but poverty has proven persistently hard to treat.
A curry-themed shoulder bag: ‘Curry’ is a word that no self-respecting subcontinental would own without a thousand caveats attached.
Whether being called 'curry munchers' or pigeonholed as authorities on a dish largely invented by the British, diasporic South Asians are emulsified in a deep pool of curry.
The arrival of the Empire Windrush – back in Britain.
When the Empire Windrush arrived in Tilbury Docks 70 years ago, it was on a return journey – having taken West Indian war veterans back to the Caribbean.
Uganda has some of the most severe anti-gay laws in the world.
Of the 72 countries that still criminalise gay sex today, at least 38 of them were once subject to British colonialism.
Flagbearers at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Why the Commonwealth trade advantage isn't all that strong.
Thomas Johnson’s illustration of his banana plant from The Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes.
The story of Britain's favourite tropical fruit (and how it came to dominate the world).
Fireworks go off at the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Commonwealth Games do not get the same level of media coverage as the Olympics. But a one-time Commonwealth gold medallist says the Games are still an important athletic competition.
Flags of the Commonwealth on display at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
As the Commonwealth Games get underway on the Gold Coast, what actually is the Commonwealth and is it still relevant?
Aboriginal demonstration in Brisbane in 2014.
A damning inquiry has revealed the extent of the abuse suffered by British children sent abroad between 1920 and 1970. But it skirts around Aboriginal cultural genocide.
Today the Commonwealth exists as an organisation in search of a rationale.
Without a clear full stop there can be no certainty that the unravelling of the British Empire has ended even now.
A scene from Sir Clarmont Percival Skrine’s film Quetta-Damghan, almost certainly the only colour footage of the Indian Long Range Squadron in action. The film recently has been digitised by the Royal Geographical Society and the British Film Institute.
British Film Institute/Royal Geographical Society
More than 100 historic expeditionary and travel films have been digitised recently by the Royal Geographical Society and the British Film Institute.
The Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast will set the scene for a year of challenges for this grouping of nations.
We are so accustomed to hearing about American exceptionalism that British exceptionalism is rarely discussed.
Some say Britain should be proud of its imperial past. Oxford academics say it's not so simple.
The single greatest failure of current punditry is the refusal to recognise that context matters. A one-size-fits-all approach to solving Zimbabwe's complex set of problems simply won't help.
Indian forces in North Africa during World War II.
Imperial War Museums © IWM (E 5330)
Letters home reveal what is was like to be an Indian soldier in World War II.
Don’t forget us: the UK’s minster for Africa, Rory Stewart.
FCO via Flickr
The Commonwealth countries' democratic failings take a back seat to British panic about impending irrelevance.
Arthur James Balfour.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema via Wikimedia Commons
With just 67 words, a British foreign secretary kicked off a hundred years of conflict and displacement.