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The Picts, the indigenous people of what is today northern Scotland, were documented by Roman historians as having complex tattoos. Theodor de Bry, via Wikimedia Commons

Tattoos have a long history going back to the ancient world – and also to colonialism

The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
The procession of ships in the Suez canal for its opening. Illustration from the magazine “The Illustrated London News, volume LV, November 18, 1869. DEA / BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA/Getty Images

The toll and toil it took to cleave the Suez Canal through the Egyptian desert

Prior to the mid-19th century, the Isthmus of Suez – the 125km strip of land that lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea – was a quiet spot.
An aerial shot of The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir filling up. Taken in 2020. Photo by Gallo Images/Orbital Horizon/Copernicus Sentinel Data 2020

Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futures

Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers around the world to analyse unpredictable river flows.
Survivors of the violence in Benishangul-Gumuz gather in a circle at a displaced persons camp in Chagni, Ethiopia in December 2020. GettyImages

What’s causing the violence in western Ethiopia

It’s a confluence of local, regional, national and, possibly, foreign interests.

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