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David Diop’s Booker win makes African soldiers’ history visible

David Diop won the prestigious annual International Booker prize for translated fiction for his second novel, ‘At Night All Blood is Black’ The post David Diop’s Booker win makes African soldiers’ history visible appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Books, Writing, France, Fiction, Senegal, World War I, Colonialism, Friday, Novels, Openaccess, International Booker prize, David Diop, Alfa Ndiaye, African soldiers, At Night All Blood is Black, Colonial Troops


Kenneth Kaunda obituary

Idealistic president of Zambia at the heart of the fight for African independenceThe president of Zambia from 1964 to 1991, Kenneth Kaunda, who has died aged 97, stood out as one of the most humane and idealistic African leaders in the post-independence age. A man of great presence and charm, he played a notable role as a leader of the “frontline states” in the long confrontation between independent black Africa and the white-dominated south of the continent, which came to an end only in 1994 wi...
Tags: Africa, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Colonialism, Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda


Edge of the World review – swashbuckling white saviour biopic feels out of date

Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays James Brooke, a British adventurer who became the White Rajah of Sarawak, in a film that fails to probe the complexity of its fascinating subjectWhile the name James Brooke might seem obscure to many viewers, his exploits in south-east Asia, retold here in Michael Haussman’s adventure biopic, are not so foreign. After all, they inspired Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King. Brooke’s stranger-than-fiction journey from ex-soldier in th...
Tags: Asia, Film, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Colonialism, Errol Flynn, Sarawak, Rudyard Kipling, Jim, Bengal, Brooke, Jonathan Rhys Meyers


Voluntourism: new book explores how volunteer trips harm rather than help

‘Don’t do as we did,’ says Pippa Biddle, who highlights colonial structure of industry where unqualified Western tourists pay to volunteer abroadSeven years ago, Pippa Biddle wrote a blog post about volunteering abroad. She recounted her struggles speaking Spanish to children living with HIV in the Dominican Republic and how local people in Tanzania would spend all night redoing the construction work she and her classmates had done poorly.“Taking part in international aid where you aren’t partic...
Tags: Travel, Books, Children, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Charities, Voluntary sector, Aid, Global development, Colonialism, Tanzania, Volunteering, Inequality, Dominican Republic


‘Father of African cinema’ Ousmane Sembène at work – in pictures

A look back at the career of Senegal-born film director Ousmane Sembène as his 1968 film Mandabi is released in the UK for the first time•Mandabi is released on 11 June in cinemas, and on 28 June on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital platforms.•Peter Bradshaw on Mandabi: classic about colonialism resonates today Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, UK, Film, Russia, Africa, Senegal, World news, Culture, Art and design, Colonialism, World cinema, Ousmane Sembene, Peter Bradshaw, Blu Ray


Toppled Edward Colston statue goes on display in Bristol

Sculpture of slave trader that was defaced in BLM protests last year forms part of exhibitionA statue of the slave trader Edward Colston that was toppled during a Black Lives Matter protest is to go on public display.The bronze memorial to the 17th-century merchant had stood in the city since 1895, but was pulled from its plinth during the demonstration on 7 June last year. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Protest, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Slavery, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Bristol, Edward Colston


Why every single statue should come down | Gary Younge

Statues of historical figures are lazy, ugly and distort history. From Cecil Rhodes to Rosa Parks, let’s get rid of them allHaving been a black leftwing Guardian columnist for more than two decades, I understood that I would be regarded as fair game for the kind of moral panics that might make headlines in rightwing tabloids. It’s not like I hadn’t given them the raw material. In the course of my career I’d written pieces with headlines such as “Riots are a class act”, “Let’s have an open and ho...
Tags: Politics, Race, Society, Art and design, Colonialism, Trafalgar Square, Cecil Rhodes, Rosa Parks, Gary Younge, Horatio Nelson, London Ken Livingstone Continue


Macron seeks African reset with new view of France’s troubled history on continent

Honest examination of French colonial record in Africa and responsibilty in Rwanda key to new strategy, though critics say little has changedWith the golden winter sun slanting across the palm trees and yellow sandstone, the scene was perfect. Emmanuel Macron and his host, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, walked down the red carpet of the Union buildings in Pretoria as the Marseillaise resonated through the clean, crisp air.The historic setting was apt. Since taking power in 2017, the French pre...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, Africa, UK News, World news, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Colonialism, Namibia, Rwanda, Marseillaise, Pretoria, Emmanuel Macron, Cyril Ramaphosa, Macron


Ai Weiwei on colonialism and statues, Churchill, China and Covid

As his controversial Gilded Cage installation goes on display at Blenheim Palace, the artist and human rights campaigner reflects on the ‘complicated world’From this week a seven-metre-high installation entitled Gilded Cage, by the exiled Chinese artist and human rights campaigner Ai Weiwei, will be on display at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The piece, originally constructed for Central Park in New York in 2017, was made as a reflection on the worldwide refugee crisis. Ai Weiwei, 64, is curre...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, Human Rights, China, New York City, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Oxford, Installation, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Blenheim Palace, Ai Weiwei


Macron tells Africa’s leaders he seeks to reset French ties with the continent

President examines the past and admits his country’s mistakes in Rwanda, but critics are sceptical of a meaningful shiftWith the golden winter sun slanting across the palm trees and yellow sandstone, the scene was perfect. Emmanuel Macron and his host, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, walked down the red carpet of the Union buildings in Pretoria as the Marseillaise resonated through the clean, crisp air.The historic setting was apt. Since taking power in 2017, the French president has sought a b...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, Africa, UK News, World news, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Colonialism, Namibia, Rwanda, Marseillaise, Pretoria, Emmanuel Macron, Cyril Ramaphosa, Macron


‘We backed genocidal killers for too long’: Macron begs forgiveness on Africa tour

President examines the past and admits his country’s mistakes in Rwanda, but critics are sceptical of a meaningful shiftWith the golden winter sun slanting across the palm trees and yellow sandstone, the scene was perfect. Emmanuel Macron and his host, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, walked down the red carpet of the Union buildings in Pretoria as the Marseillaise resonated through the clean, crisp air.The historic setting was apt. Since taking power in 2017, the French president has sought a b...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, Africa, UK News, World news, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Colonialism, Namibia, Rwanda, Marseillaise, Pretoria, Emmanuel Macron, Cyril Ramaphosa, Macron


National Trust chairman Tim Parker to step down

Parker faced opposition from ministers over trust’s examination of UK’s legacy of slavery and colonialismThe chairman of the National Trust is to stand down after seven years, the charity has said, as it begins the search for his successor.Tim Parker, who faced political opposition from government ministers over the trust’s examination of historical links between its properties and the UK’s legacy of slavery and colonialism, will leave the post in October. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, World news, Culture, Heritage, Slavery, Colonialism, The National Trust, National Trust, Tim Parker, Parker


Anger in Zimbabwe at Nehanda statue amid collapsing economy

Criticism of priorities as tribute to liberation leader unveiled despite foreign food aid and lack of jobs The Zimbabwean government unveiled a statue of the liberation heroine and anti-colonialism figurehead Mbuya Nehanda in the capital, Harare, on Tuesday amid controversy about its priorities while the economy and health system collapse.President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed that the government would “repatriate Mbuya Nehanda’s skull and the skulls of others from the UK”, and said discussions abou...
Tags: UK, London, Africa, World news, Global development, Governance, Zimbabwe, Colonialism, Natural History Museum, Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mbuya Nehanda, Nehanda


Land, slavery and cattle matter: To move forward, we need to look back

In a three-part series on South Africa’s land question, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi takes a look at the colonial conquests that drove us here The post Land, slavery and cattle matter: To move forward, we need to look back appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Europe, Opinion, Gold, Cattle, South Africa, Labour, Slavery, Colonialism, Land, Land Reform, De Beers, Openaccess, Apartheid, Cecil John Rhodes, Dutch East India Company, Khoikhoi


UN champions Mauritian control of Chagos Islands by rejecting UK stamps

Refusal to recognise British Indian Ocean Territory stamps is latest move to assert Mauritian sovereigntyStamps issued by the British Indian Ocean Territory could soon be rendered invalid after the United Nations’ Universal Postal Union (UPU) council recommended they no longer be recognised, in the latest step rejecting the UK’s claim to the Chagos Islands.The move by the UPU, the second oldest international organisation, is in recognition of Mauritian sovereignty over the strategically importan...
Tags: UK, Africa, World news, United Nations, Colonialism, Un, Chagos Islands, Mauritius, Indian Ocean, Indian Ocean Territory, UPU, United Nations ' Universal Postal Union UPU


Cabinet Office blocks publication of Lord Mountbatten’s diaries

University of Southampton spends ‘hundreds of thousands’ on legal battle preventing access due to government vetoWhen the diaries and letters of Lord and Lady Mountbatten were “saved for the nation” in 2010, it should have created an invaluable public resource. Instead, a writer has spent four years and £250,000 of his own money in an ongoing – but still frustrated – attempt to force Southampton University and the Cabinet Office to allow the public to view them.The university bought the Broadlan...
Tags: India, UK News, Monarchy, Colonialism, Cabinet Office, Mountbatten, University Of Southampton, Southampton University, Prince Philip, Broadlands, Lady Mountbatten


How one electronic music producer wants to decolonize music software

I've spent a lot of my time over this past pandemic year improving my skills with Digital Audio Workshop software. I also feel like I tend to have a pretty keen eye for identifying issues around colonialism. Yet somehow, I never considered the relationship between the two until I read this Pitchfork article about Khyam Allami, a musician and musicologist of Iraqi descent who was born in Syria but raised in London. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Music, London, News, Music Industry, Syria, World Music, Colonialism, Folk Music, Electronic Music, Musical instruments, Midi, Decolonization, Music Theory, Digital Audio Workstation, Music Technology


Gaming in colour: uncovering video games’ black pioneers

Jerry Lawson led the invention of cartridges, Ed Smith made a hybrid console/PC, and designer Muriel Tramis won France’s highest honour for bringing history into play. How many more names are forgotten?In the 1970s, in the fledgling days of the video games industry, an engineer named Gerald “Jerry” Lawson designed one of the earliest game consoles, the Channel F, and also led the team that invented the game cartridge, a defining innovation in how games were made and sold. His son, Andersen Lawso...
Tags: Games, UK, Technology, France, Race, US, World news, Culture, Computing, Game culture, Colonialism, Silicon Valley, Caribbean, Santa Clara California, Ed Smith, Jerry Lawson


An outsider’s perspective of South Africa’s revolutionary democracy

As Freedom Day approaches, an American reflects on how our history has become his too The post An outsider’s perspective of South Africa’s revolutionary democracy appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Democracy, America, History, Transition, South Africa, Slavery, Colonialism, Openaccess, Apartheid, Apartheid Museum, Marlene van Niekerk, South Africa (country, 1994 Elections


Capturing Dambudzo Marechera: A review of Flora Veit-Wild’s memoir

Flora Veit-Wild’s memoir provides a disquieting look into the author’s relationship with Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera The post Capturing Dambudzo Marechera: A review of Flora Veit-Wild’s memoir appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Writing, Racism, Zimbabwe, Colonialism, Memoir, Friday, Appropriation, Dambudzo Marechera, Flora Veit Wild, They Called You Dambudzo: A Memoir, White Saviours


Mystery over origins of Howard Hodgkin’s Indian art collection could see it lost to UK

Ashmolean in Oxford turned down chance to buy exquisite paintings and drawings, which may now go to New YorkIndian paintings and drawings had been his lifelong passion and, before his death in 2017, the artist Sir Howard Hodgkin hoped that his collection would be acquired by the Ashmolean in Oxford – only for the museum to reject his offer amid concerns that some of the works should never have left India.Now Britain’s loss could be America’s gain. Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Ne...
Tags: Art, UK, New York, America, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Howard Hodgkin, Oxford, Colonialism, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, India Now Britain


‘Sometimes, it’s shocking’: Raoul Peck on his bold new colonialism series

The Oscar-nominated film-maker behind I Am Not Your Negro returns with Exterminate All the Brutes, a dense new HBO docuseries about a horrifying historyTruly, what else was there left to say about race in America after the words of James Baldwin? This is what Raoul Peck found himself contemplating after the success of his 2016 documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy, a Bafta and a César award. He was confounded and disappointed to realize that s...
Tags: Europe, Hbo, Television, Documentary, America, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Colonialism, Will Smith, James Baldwin, Raoul Peck


What uncovering my family's Nazi history taught me about how we approach the past | Géraldine Schwarz

Heinous crimes committed years ago cannot be excused by appealing to the ‘social context’ of the ageRooting around the basement of my family home in Mannheim, south-west Germany, some years ago, I discovered evidence that in 1938 my grandfather had taken advantage of antisemitic Nazi policies to buy a small business from a Jewish family at a low price. I also found letters from the only survivor of this family: his relatives had been killed at Auschwitz. After the war he wrote asking for reparat...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Nazis, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Second world war, Colonialism, Nazi, British Empire, Nazism, Auschwitz, Ingrid, Volker, Mannheim south west Germany


Regional museums break ranks with UK government on return of Benin bronzes

Aberdeen says it will repatriate a bust while Cambridge museum has ‘expectation’ its collection could be returnedRegional UK museums could lead a wave of repatriations of disputed Benin bronzes – most of them looted by British forces in 1897 – in defiance of the British government’s stance that institutions should “retain and explain” contested artefacts.On Thursday, the University of Aberdeen confirmed it would repatriate a bust of an Oba, or king of Benin, which it has had since the 1950s, “wi...
Tags: Politics, UK, Scotland, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Aberdeen, Culture, Museums, Sculpture, Cambridge, Colonialism, British Museum, Benin, University of Aberdeen


University of Aberdeen to return pillaged Benin bronze to Nigeria

Sculpture depicting king of African nation was looted from Benin city in 1897 in ‘extremely immoral’ manner The University of Aberdeen is to return a controversial Benin bronze after a review found the item had been acquired in an “extremely immoral” manner, as the Nigerian government calls on other British museums to reassess their collections.The bronze, which depicts the Oba, or king of Benin, was part of a haul of thousands of items taken when British forces looted Benin city in southeastern...
Tags: Scotland, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Aberdeen, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Colonialism, Benin, University of Aberdeen, Oba


Portugal must do more to confront colonial past, says Council of Europe

Report says recognising role in the transatlantic slave trade is important in fight against racism todayEurope’s top human rights body has called on Portugal to do more to confront its colonial past and its role in the transatlantic slave trade in order to help fight racism and discrimination in the country today.The comments by the Council of Europe come amid an escalating debate in Portugal over how to remember its history as the country prepares to unveil its first memorial to victims of slav...
Tags: Europe, Race, World news, Portugal, Colonialism, Council of Europe


A rightful re-examination of Winston Churchill’s reputation | Letters

Paul Burden, Tim Devas, Dr John Morrison and Jane Haywood respond to Priyamvada Gopal’s article on the murkier side of the wartime prime ministerAs someone who believes strongly that Britain and the world owe a huge debt of gratitude to Winston Churchill, I find little to disagree with in Priyamvada Gopal’s take on the current re-examination of the reputation of one of our greatest prime ministers (Why can’t Britain handle the truth about Winston Churchill?, 17 March).There is no doubt that Chur...
Tags: Politics, Education, Race, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Winston Churchill, Colonialism, Universities, University of Cambridge, Churchill, Black Lives Matter Movement, Gopal, Priyamvada Gopal, Paul Burden Tim Devas Dr John Morrison, Jane Haywood


Goodbye Cecil Rhodes: House renamed to lose link to British empire builder in Africa

London housing block residents choose location-led name, having rejected option to reflect black historical figuresCecil Rhodes House, which overlooks St Pancras rail station in London, is to be renamed after decades of unsuccessful attempts to rid the property of its association with the Victorian imperialist.But to the disappointment of some local historians, residents rejected renaming the building after a black historical figure, opting instead for Park View House. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Africa, UK News, Architecture, South Africa, House, Colonialism, British Empire, Cecil Rhodes, Black Lives Matter Movement, St Pancras, Rhodes House


The monarchy must confront its colonial, racist past

The royals and Britons have benefited from living in a country built on empire, trade and slavery. The post The monarchy must confront its colonial, racist past appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Racism, Monarchy, Colonialism, Buckingham Palace, Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth, Imperialism, Openaccess, Archie, MEGHAN MARKLE, Prince Phillip, Slave Trade, the Sussexes


The President of Ireland released a stunning statement about the lingering impacts of colonialism

Irish President Michael D. Higgins—also known as " " by the children—is perhaps best known for having an awesome dog. But he's also a renowned poet, sociologist, and human rights activist. In a recent piece for The Guardian, Higgins wrote quite eloquently about the legacy of British colonialism: It may be fruitful to consider the relationship of what has been titled – and not without dissent – the "European Enlightenment" within the project of imperial expansion for an understanding of how th...
Tags: Post, News, Ireland, Colonialism, Empire, Brexit, British Empire, Imperialism, Higgins, Michael D Higgins, Post-colonialism, Anticolonialism, Empire In Decline