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?
Empires massively affected the development of science.
Cahiers de Science et Vie No114
This episode of the In Depth Out Loud podcast outlines the importance of finding a way to remove the inequalities promoted by modern science.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
A map from 1794 shows Fuego Volcano next to Antigua and Nueva Guatemala.
British Library Board Add.MS 17650d
Fuego and other volcanoes are considered sacred in the Maya culture, but forced Spanish colonisers to move their new capital city.
The Kowie River follows a ‘horseshoe bend’ between Port Alfred and.
The analysis of the Kowie River rehearses the warnings provided by the colonial and post-colonial destruction of culture and nature.
Still from the movie
Un rêve français (“A French Dream”) by Christian Faure, which tells the story of a young Guadeloupean couple during a little-known, tragic time of French post-colonial history.
Eloa Prod 2018
Great Britain was not the only country behaving badly with its Caribbean population: France also experienced similar waves of post-war migration.
SpongeBob Squarepants has become a cultural icon.
The cartoon-turned-Broadway sensation is set in a place named after the Bikini islands, which has a dark history of forced removal and exile of native people from their land.
In this file photo, cognitive scientist and psychologist Steven Pinker addresses the Origins Symposium at Arizona State University on April 6, 2009 in Tempe, AZ.
Steven Pinker's latest work disturbingly casts aside the violent exploits and mechanistic logic of Eurocentric "progress."
The Russian bear still stalks the world.
Vladimir Putin's Russia is as much an imperial power as its Soviet and Tsarist predecessors were.
Anti-apartheid cleric Trevor Huddleston, centre, with South African liberation struggle icons Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela in 1991.
Bishop Huddleston's criticism of Enoch Powell's incendiary "Rivers of blood" speech was both a history lesson and a call to action against racism.
The rebellious French generals Edmond Jouhaud, Raoul Salan, and Maurice Challe (from left to right) leave the General Delegation in April 23, 1961 in Algiers, after taking power (with General Zeller) to oppose the Algerian policy of General de Gaulle. The Public Salvation Committee intended to preserve French Algeria was formed on 13 May 1958 with General Massu as its president.
In May 1958 General de Gaulle returned to power and established the Fifth Republic. Yet despite the monumental changes of that time, many in France today still don’t understand what really happened.
It's not far-fetched to suspect that the common understanding of the idea of "mother tongues" in South Africa is coloured by outside influences.