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More than 200 public tributes connected to slave trade found in Wales

Audit finds figures linked to colonial exploitation honoured in statues, buildings and street namesMore than 200 statues, street names and buildings in Wales have been identified as being connected to the slave trade, and many of the figures represented are shown as role models.An audit commissioned in July by the first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, following the Black Lives Matter protests, identifies 13 monuments, buildings or street names commemorating people who took part in the African...
Tags: Wales, Race, UK News, History, Slavery, Colonialism, Black Lives Matter Movement, Mark Drakeford

Extract from ‘The Journey’: Responses to the archive

This sequence of texts was written in response to various photographs of Nigeria made between 1920 and 1929 that form part of the Colonial Office photographic collection The post Extract from ‘The Journey’: Responses to the archive appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Photography, London, Writing, Nigeria, Research, Violence, Colonialism, Friday, Imagination, National Archives, Archives, Essay, Abuja, Nyanya, Colonial Office, Aeronautic Research Committee

Experience: I steal from museums

I don’t consider myself a thief but an activist. I believe these objects should be given back to the African people they were taken fromI am a pan-African activist, campaigning for reparations for the crimes against African people committed during colonialism. Recently, I have taken matters into my own hands: I go to museums that exhibit African artefacts; I tell the truth about how these items were looted and stolen from Africa – and then I take them.I have been deeply political for as long as ...
Tags: Africa, Life and style, Culture, Museums, Colonialism, Democratic Republic of the Congo, KINSHASA, Zaire, Patrice Lumumba

Banking and slavery: Switzerland examines its colonial conscience

BLM protests and fresh historical evidence are raising questions over the legacy of the founder of modern Switzerland, Alfred EscherAlfred Escher wielded so much power and influence during his lifetime that he was nicknamed King Alfred I. An immense bronze statue of modern Switzerland’s founding father stands, fittingly, in front of Zurich’s main train station. Escher was a politician, but he was also an entrepreneur who founded the country’s railway network along with the its leading university...
Tags: Europe, World news, Banking, Credit Suisse, Switzerland, Slavery, Colonialism, Cuba, BLM, Zurich, Alfred, Black Lives Matter Movement, Escher, Alfred EscherAlfred Escher, Escher The Escher

New museum in Nigeria raises hopes of resolution to Benin bronzes dispute

Artefacts held by British Museum and other western institutions were looted by British forces in 1897A new museum designed by Sir David Adjaye is to be built following the most extensive archaeological excavation ever undertaken in Benin City, Nigeria, raising hopes of a resolution to one of the world’s most controversial debates over looted museum artefacts.The kingdom of Benin, in what is now southern Nigeria and not to be confused with the modern-day country of Benin, was one of the most impo...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Archaeology, Colonialism, British Museum, Benin, David Adjaye, Benin City Nigeria

The US election that doesn't count: Guam goes to the polls but votes won't matter

‘Now that I live in Guam, I cannot vote’. The first Americans to ‘vote’ on polling day have no say in who will be president Politics is a favourite sport on the streets of Hagatna, where voters are preparing for the US elections.Billboards adorn every street corner and conversations are dominated by candidates and their policies. But when Guamanians go to the polls on 3 November and mark down their preference for president, their “votes” won’t count. Continue reading...
Tags: US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, Colonialism, Pacific Islands, Guam, US elections 2020, Hagatna

African Apocalypse review – startling journey into Niger's heart of darkness

British-Nigerian poet Femi Nylander uncovers the atrocities of a rogue French officer whose impact is still being felt todayMany real-life figures have been proposed as having inspired Heart of Darkness’s bloody outrider Kurtz, but this fascinating historical documentary-cum-personal journey finds a close match in the French army captain Paul Voulet. Or just “Paul”, as British-Nigerian activist and poet Femi Nylander accusingly names him as he follows the colonialist’s 1899 journey along what is...
Tags: Europe, Books, Film, France, Africa, World news, Culture, Paris, Colonialism, Niger, PAUL, Lake Chad, Niger Nigeria, Kurtz, Nylander, Joseph Conrad

Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: Liberating Africa from land of liberté

The cultural and political activist is on a quest to bring looted treasures back home The post Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza: Liberating Africa from land of liberté appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Europe, Activism, France, Africa, Court, Heritage, Museums, Colonialism, Arrest, Openaccess, Emmanuel Macron, Top Six, Looting, African Art, Artefacts, Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza

Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks

Nok terracottas are proof that an ancient civilisation once existed in Nigeria. Now they are at the centre of a multimillion-dollar, globe-spanning underground industry — and once again, Nigeria is losing out The post Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Racism, West Africa, Archaeology, Colonialism, The Louvre, Yale University, Figurines, Openaccess, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, International Council of Museums, Top Six, Cultural Heritage, Peter Breunig, Red List

Australia is part of a Black region, it should recognise Kanaky ambition in New Caledonia | Hamish McDonald

Australia’s un-nuanced support for French dominion is unhelpful in a region where decolonisation is unfinished businessKicking the can down the road is a time-honoured solution to deadlocks over statehood and identity: hoping time, consultation and money can end up in agreement.But in New Caledonia, the French territory of 290,000 people in the Melanesian island chain to Australia’s north-east, the road is running out after more than two decades of can-kicking. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, France, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Colonialism, New Caledonia, Pacific Islands, Hamish McDonald

Eusebius McKaiser: Reject the dichotomy of political horrors

Senekal shows us that we must make a stand against the loud voice of the populist EFF and racist rightwingers The post Eusebius McKaiser: Reject the dichotomy of political horrors appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Racism, Colonialism, Constitution, Apartheid, ANC, Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters, Top Six, Populism, Eusebius McKaiser, South Africa (country, Senekal, Rightwingers

Never forget Christopher Columbus's linguistic crimes and horniness for manatees

Yes, it's quite odd that Americans continue to celebrate Christopher Columbus Day, revering a conquistador who never even set foot on the mainland North American continent as "The man who discovered America." While I can certainly understand those who want to celebrate their Italian heritage, there are other, better ways to do that, too, considering that DNA evidence suggests Columbus may not have even been Italian after all. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Cannibalism, America, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Manatees, Mermaids, Columbus, Cannibals, Etymology, Christopher Columbus, Indigenous Peoples Day, Settler Colonialism

Mexico asks Pope Francis for apology for church's role in Spanish conquest

Mexico’s president says the Vatican should apologise for ‘reprehensible atrocities’ in colonisation 500 years agoMexico’s president has written to Pope Francis to ask for an apology for the Catholic church’s role in the oppression of indigenous people in the Spanish conquest 500 years ago.The request was made in a two-page letter that also asked the Vatican to temporarily return several ancient indigenous manuscripts held in its library, ahead of next year’s 500-year anniversary of the Spanish c...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, Spain, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Vatican, The papacy, Colonialism, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Dutch museums vow to return art looted by colonialists

Estimated 100,000 exhibits may be repatriated to remedy historical ‘injustices’Thousands of pieces of art deemed looted by Dutch colonialists could be returned to their country of origin after the Netherlands’ most famous museums backed a report proposing a wholesale “recognition and rectification of these injustices”.The directors of the Rijksmuseum and Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam said they would support the proposal made on Tuesday for a legal structure for the return of an estimated 100,000 pie...
Tags: Europe, World news, Culture, Museums, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Colonialism

V&A in talks over returning looted Ethiopian treasures in 'decolonisation' purge

Deputy director says museums must start telling a more honest story about provenanceThe Victoria and Albert Museum in London has started talks with the Ethiopian embassy over returning looted treasures in its collections, including a gold crown and royal wedding dress, taken from the country more than 150 years ago.Ethiopians have campaigned for the return of the items since they were plundered after the 1868 capture of Maqdala in what was then Abyssinia. Ethiopia lodged a formal restitution cla...
Tags: London, Africa, Culture, Museums, Ethiopia, Colonialism, V&a, Victoria, Albert Museum, Maqdala, Abyssinia Ethiopia

New find reveals grim truth of colonial Belgium’s ‘human zoos’

Antwerp exhibition tells of the lives and deaths of Congolese shipped over to be put on show in cities from 1885 to 1958Two names stand out from the yellowing cemetery register: Sabo and Bitio, 24 and 20 years old, Described as “Congolanders” and buried in row 13, plot K of Kiel cemetery in Antwerp.The newly unearthed document, on show for the first time this weekend in an exhibition at Antwerp’s Museum aan de Stroom, has sparked renewed debate about how Belgium should come to terms with the dar...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Belgium, Colonialism, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Antwerp, Kiel, Sabo, Bitio, Antwerp 's Museum aan de Stroom

Oui ou non: New Caledonia set for fresh vote on independence from France

Sunday’s vote could lay the foundations for the birth of a new nation in the Pacific after surprising support emerged in 2018 referendumIt’s the final week of campaigning and two flags fly above the competing rallies, concerts, and campaign meetings: the French tricolour and the multi-coloured flag of Kanaky.On Sunday, voters in New Caledonia will go to the polls for a second referendum on the political future of the French Pacific dependency. Continue reading...
Tags: France, World news, Asia Pacific, Colonialism, South Pacific, Pacific, New Caledonia, Pacific Islands, French Pacific

Five activists on trial in France for trying to seize African funeral staff

Critics accuse the French state of not doing enough to restitute artefacts they feel were stolen Five activists have gone on trial in Paris for trying to remove a funeral staff from France’s pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen.Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza, a 41-year-old Congolese, led the operation at the Quai Branly museum last June, condemning “the pillage of Africa”. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Nigeria, Africa, Museums, Paris, Colonialism, Emmanuel Macron, Quai Branly Museum, Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza

Reframing women in Namibia’s early history of photography

Women photographers, and black African women photographers in particular, are largely absent from early histories of the medium. This is slowly changing The post Reframing women in Namibia’s early history of photography appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Photography, History, Scholarship, Colonialism, Friday, Namibia, Curation, Collections, Representation, Women Photographers, Anneliese Scherz, Research Archives, Usakos Old Location

How to whitewash colonial pain and trauma

Approval of the River Club development in Cape Town is reminiscent of those bulldozing spatial planners of apartheid The post How to whitewash colonial pain and trauma appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Development, Developers, Cape Town, Colonialism, Land, Apartheid, San, Khoi, Top Six, River Club, Spatial Planning

Jamaican director of UCL's slavery research centre: British racism is 'clear and sharp'

The UK continues the fiction that racial exploitation is in the past, says Matthew Smith. He hopes his London appointment will help change thatMatthew Smith did not plan to quit Jamaica. Until last year the historian, who previously headed the history and archaeology department of the University of the West Indies at Mona, near Kingston, had made a point of staying. “I wanted my career to be an example that you don’t have to leave,” he explains on a video call. But when the directorship of UCL’s...
Tags: UK, London, Education, Americas, Society, UK News, History, Higher Education, Schools, Slavery, Colonialism, Universities, Bristol, Jamaica, Kingston, Smith

National Trust reassesses colonial history of properties

Churchill’s home Chartwell and Lundy island listed in report highlighting owners’ links to British empire and slaveryA report laying bare the extent of connections that National Trust properties have with colonialism and slavery is just the beginning of a process to better examine history that is often “complex, nuanced and messy”.The trust on Tuesday published research it commissioned a year ago to explore in more detail than ever before what are sometimes less palatable links to the past. Cont...
Tags: UK News, Winston Churchill, Slavery, Colonialism, The National Trust, National Trust, Churchill, Lundy, Chartwell

Wild plants of Barbados illustrated on plantation ledgers – in pictures

Artist Annalee Davis was walking in fields once used for sugarcane in her Barbados homeland when she spotted unfamiliar plants. “I was taught to see them as weeds but now I understand their value offering biodiversity to exhausted land and their historical use in bush medicine.” Davis started pressing and using specially mixed Victorian paint to draw these plants on old plantation ledger pages. Colonialism wiped out Barbados’s biodiversity in the 17th century by replacing local vegetation with t...
Tags: Art, Environment, Americas, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Plants, Davis, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Barbados, Annalee Davis, Haarlem Artspace Derbyshire

John James Audubon Was Never Good

The most famous name in American ornithology is that of a slave owner, grave robber, and fraud who invented birds and falsified scientific results. Birders and ornithologists are grappling with John James Audubon’s legacy today, but problematic behavior doesn’t stop at a single 19th-century naturalist. Some in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Birds, Racism, Colonialism, John James Audubon, Birdmodo, John James Audubon Was Never Good

A 1969 interview with Frank Herbert breaks down DUNE's white savior complex

My first exposure to Dune was the David Lynch movie, and then I read the first 4 books in middle school. Being the precocious kid I was, I definitely understood all of the nuances that were going on there, like how the Fremen were obviously an allegory for Native Americans and the coveted spice melange was just a general metaphor for the environment and natural resources and stuff. And obviously the Mahdi Paul "Maud'Dib" Atreides was a good and righteous savior — a hero. I was very smart. But...
Tags: Post, News, Colonialism, David Lynch, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, Dune, Frank Herbert, Imperialism, PAUL, Lawrence, Herbert, Durrani, Baron Harkonnen, Willis E McNelly, White Savior

Covid curbs 400th Mayflower anniversary as Americans stay away

Gifts and art mark event but representatives of indigenous Wampanoags who suffered due to colonialism were not presentThere was some pomp and ceremony. A military band played, ambassadors and civic leaders made speeches, and the union flag fluttered beside the stars and stripes of the US close to the spot where, exactly 400 years ago, the Mayflower set sail.But there was also a sense of melancholy around the event on the harbourside at Plymouth on Wednesday. The many thousands of Americans who h...
Tags: US, UK News, US news, Heritage, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Devon, Plymouth, Wampanoags, Coronavirus outbreak

An extract from ‘The Broken River Tent’: ‘I chose resistance!’

In this extract from The Broken River Tent, by Mphuthumi Ntabeni, the protagonist, Phila, makes a fiery courtroom speech The post An extract from ‘The Broken River Tent’: ‘I chose resistance!’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Books, Literature, Colonialism, Friday, Phila, Apartheid, House of Phalo, Mphuthumi Ntabeni, The Broken River Tent, UJ Debut Prize, Xhosa nation

Thom Dunn talks about Irish-American culture and identity on the Motherfoclóir podcast

I've written here before about Irish language and identity stuff, but my friend Darach Ó Séaghdha was kind of enough to have me onto the popular Irish podcast Motherfoclóir to talk at length about diaspora, assimilation, colonialism, and the cultural embarrassment of Plastic Paddies with gross green beer and shitty "St. Patty's Day" parties. And yes, I am very transparent with my feelings on American Republicans of Irish descent who misunderstand everything Irish Republicanism. I also talk ab...
Tags: Post, Podcast, News, Podcasts, Republicans, Boston, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Colonialism, Diaspora, Irish, Irish republicans, Irish-Americans, Gaelic, Ireland & Overseas Acquisitions, Apathy Of The Irish

A new Cold War is coming. Africa should not pick sides

COMMENT: As the US and China battle for global domination, Africa must stand firm, charting its own course The post A new Cold War is coming. Africa should not pick sides appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Human Rights, China, Africa, US, Debt, Cold War, Development, Globalisation, Colonialism, Openaccess, The West, Top Six, COVID-19

The mystery behind the "lost colony" of Roanoke has finally been answered, disappointingly.

The first attempts to form a permanent English settlement on modern-day North America began in the late 1500s. Here's the Wikipedia summary of events: The English, led by Humphrey Gilbert, had claimed St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1583 as the first North American English colony by royal prerogative of Queen Elizabeth I. Roanoke was second. The first Roanoke colony was established by governor Ralph Lane in 1585 on Roanoke Island in what is now Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Followi...
Tags: Post, England, News, Wikipedia, Stephen King, America, Newfoundland, Colonialism, Batman, North America, White, St John, American History, Jamestown, Harlan Ellison, Lawson