A river in Van Diemen’s Land, charted during Nicolas Baudin’s 1802 journey.
National Library of Australia
Today, many Australian urbanites see rivers as little more than picturesque places for a paddle. But in the colonial era, rivers served as highways, drinking sources, sewers, and routes to discovery.
Land reform discussions in Namibia don’t address capital or profits.
Shortcomings of Namibia's land reforms suggest that voluntary, market-based transactions might not be suitable.
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.
Hindu texts from thousands of years ago demonstrate acceptance of a ‘third gender.’ Today, transgender Indians, or hijras, remain visible members of society.
AP Photo/Bikas Das
Before colonialism, India embraced homosexuality and gender fluidity. The Supreme Court's repeal of a 157-year-old gay sex ban partially reclaims that history, but LGBTQ Indians still face hurdles.
The World Trade Center burns after being hit by planes in New York Sept. 11, 2001.
Reuters/Sara K. Schwittek
An unprecedented onslaught from the US hasn't destroyed the terrorist organization. What is the secret of its resilience?
Frantz Fanon lectured about fundamental resistance at the University of Tunis in 1959 and 1960.
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Fanon found in Algeria that what the colonial law courts considered a failure of integration by mental patients was in fact an elemental resistance to European rule.
As they shook off a particularly unpleasant colonial hangover, the justices of India's Supreme Court issued a remarkably emotional set of judgments.
The myth of the empty sea is largely the product of European imperialisms and their map-making.
A new project takes a different look at the role of oceans.
Demonstrators in Berlin demand justice for Namibian victims of German genocide.
The third repatriation of human remains in August this year was another missed opportunity for reconciliation between Germany and Namibia.
S.T. Gill, Kangaroo Hunting, The Death, from his Australian Sketchbook (1865). Colonial hunting clubs were established across Australia in the 1830s and 1840s.
National Library of Australia
In the mid 19th century, kangaroo hunting was a sport. Colonial hunting clubs were established across Australia and everyone from Charles Darwin to Anthony Trollope tried their hand at shooting roos.
A statue in Port-au-Pirnce honors Jean-Jacques Dessalines’ legacy as a Haitian revolutionary. Now, a renamed Brooklyn street does, too.
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery
A renamed Brooklyn street celebrates Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a Haitian slave turned president. For centuries his legacy was tarnished by allegations that Haiti's revolution led to 'white genocide.'
The late V.S. Naipaul is a celebrated son of Trinidad and Tobago. But he is also a prodigal son.
Author V.S. Naipaul, who died on Aug. 11, both scorned and mirrored his Caribbean origins. At the University of the West Indies, students must reconcile this conflicted titan's literary legacy.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has shown little tolerance for dissent.
With the Trump Administration's abandonment of support for democracy and civil rights abroad, Middle Easterners may well believe that the U.S. cares little for their well-being and their very lives.
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.
Dutch Memorial Day commemorated in Amsterdam, May 4, 2014.
Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei, Jasper Juinen
As the anniversary of Indonesian independence from the Netherlands approaches, a close look reveals how Dutch policy divides people along racial lines and ignores the Indonesian dead in that war.
Some of the damage cause by Hurricane Maria, months after it hit.
Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
While the hurricanes last year dealt devastating blows to Puerto Rico, its challenges predate the storms and continue on today. They also offer new opportunities.
Brigadier-General John Nicholson was a British officer in India between 1839 and 1857.
Few Victorian imperial 'hero' figures survive the scrutiny of the post-colonial age, but John Nicholson's lust for blood led to a strange twist.
Prophets of da City.
One of South Africa's finest hip-hop crews message was that you couldn't box identities forged through multilingual living in the ghettos.
America’s dogs are a husk(y) of what they once were.
Christine Zenino/Wikimedia Commons
America's early dogs are all gone – save for their rather nasty cancer.
Debates over the history of colonialism have sparked controversies on university campuses in recent years, as illustrated by the removal of a statue honoring Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town in 2015.
Would an academic work that makes a case for genocide be fair game for publication, or is it beyond the ethical bounds of legitimate scholarly debate?