Europe always prefers to overlook its colonial past – but now it’s becoming unavoidable.
Marshal Admiral Yamamoto’s bunker in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, which was the wartime headquarters of the Japanese in the south-west Pacific.
The Pacific War played out as a colonial war in the Pacific. It was brutal for non-combatant civilians in its path, and its impact epitomised the dehumanising capacity of both war and colonialism.
The mobilisation of women has taken on many forms across the continent.
Writing about the women’s and feminist movements is a definitional minefield. The two are often conflated, more so in Africa.
Koh-i-Noor in its current setting.
Amid renewed debate over Britain’s colonial debt to India, John MacKenzie discusses the history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond and discusses other Indian treasures that remain in British ownership.
A family in 1939 displays both Hinomaru and the Rising Sun Flag.
The Confederate flag isn’t the only one with a violent past.
Mourners in Charleston, SC.
The killing of nine people in Charleston’s AME Church was motivated by racism, first and foremost, but also sexism.
Liberalism means something completely different in South Africa compared with the US and UK, and has racist connotations.
Liberalism is a dirty word for the majority of South Africans. This goes back to early colonialism. Liberals opposed apartheid but not the close relationship between capitalism and apartheid.
Still on lease: the Chagos island of Diego Garcia.
NASA via Wikimedia Commons
Why are the UK’s left-over possessions in the Indian Ocean still the subject of furious legal dispute?
Land is viewed as having more than just a commercial value in Africa but is central to identity and spirituality.
The belief that land stands only for production of agricultural commodities destined for the market is perverted. The primacy of the market and private property are contrary to the African worldview.
Stage-managed diplomacy in Haiti.
François Hollande can’t avoid the issue of reparations for slavery, but nor can he take control of it.
In some parts of Australia, cattle properties have been hand over to the traditional owners, but for others the return of their land seems further away than ever.
The company built by ‘Cattle King’ Sidney Kidman is for sale. He enjoyed good relations with the Indigenous inhabitants, but proper recognition of their rights to their land seems ever more elusive.
Pukara, Roy Underwood, Lennard Walker, Simon Hogan and Ian Rictor, Acrylic on canvas, Western Australia, 2013.
© the artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project
The exhibition inevitably raises the ugly head of the Elgin Marbles – but all this noise drowns out the quiet activism of the show itself.
No Indigenous people feature in the drama.
BBC/RSJ Films/Mark Rogers
Banished is clearly aimed at a British audience less aware of the recent debate about Australia’s history.
Mukesh Singh, one of the convicted rapists interviewed in India’s Daughter.
India’s government has always been highly sensitive to the way its country is depicted in the British media.
Rabbits can strip grasslands bare and chew through young woody trees.
On Christmas Day 1859, the Victoria Acclimatisation Society released 24 rabbits for hunting, to help settlers feel more at home. Given the millions of dollars in damage to agricultural productivity that…
Yeah, I love Harry Belafonte, me.
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Call centre workers in India.
ILO in Asia and the Pacific
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David Cameron visits Commonwealth soldiers’ graves in Tourgeville Military Cemetery, France.
Speaking as part of a commemorative celebration of the importance of the Commonwealth in WW1, David Cameron had this to say about the participation of colonial troops from all over the empire: They fought…
Onwards and upwards: Rhodes-Scholar elect Angie Darby at an Olympic qualification event in Japan 2007.
A Melbourne University architecture graduate interested in sustainable development and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels has bagged a 2012 Australia at Large Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Angie Darby…