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Successive governments have seen the Great Barrier Reef not just as a scientific wonder, but as a channel to further economic development. Superjoseph/Shutterstock.com

Politicised science on the Great Barrier Reef? It’s been that way for more than a century

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

Dutch Memorial Day: Erasing people after death

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.
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. Desmond Bowles

Genocide hoax tests ethics of academic publishing

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?
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

A French ‘Windrush’? When French Caribbeans were treated as second-class citizens

Great Britain was not the only country behaving badly with its Caribbean population: France also experienced similar waves of post-war migration.
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. Shutterstock

‘Enlightenment Now’ rationalizes the violence of empire

Steven Pinker's latest work disturbingly casts aside the violent exploits and mechanistic logic of Eurocentric "progress."
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. AFP

‘I understood you!’: May 1958, the return of De Gaulle and the fall of France’s Fourth Republic

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.

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