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August 16th in History: Cyprus' Independence

ADST | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Changing Our Racial Narrative

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A key to changing America's future is changing the narrative we tell ourselves about our shared past.

July 5th: Creating Cameroon's First Consulate

ADST | Posted 07.05.2016 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Cultural Appropriation: When 'Borrowing' Becomes Exploitation

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.21.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Context, particularly as it relates to power relationships, is a key factor in distinguishing borrowing from exploitative cultural appropriation. When patterns of borrowing fail to acknowledge their sources and compensate them, they can be categorized as cultural appropriation.

The Orlando Shooter Was American, Not An "Other"

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

For all the innocent people who have lost their lives as a result of what may well have been Mateen's internalized homophobia turned outward, countless others lose their lives every day as a result of internalized homophobia and transphobia turned inward.

What Should Pakistan Do With Its Colonial Legacy?

Haroon Khalid | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Haroon Khalid

Early on the morning of May 13, 1857, the native regiment army in Lahore was summoned to the parade ground. They were positioned in a way that the European horse-artillery troop was behind them.

Is it Time to Break With the Colonial Legacy of Zoos?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Instead of seeking justice for Harambe, or improving zoo policies or exhibit design, we should first ask what, precisely, are we conserving in zoos? In my view, we are perpetuating an outmoded worldview rooted in colonialism.

Transgender Dignity in Islam

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

Under the Mughal rule, transgenders were called Khawjasaras, a designation of respect and dignity.

Indonesia Supports Palestinian Independence - What About West Papua?

Benny Wenda | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Benny Wenda

Earlier this year, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held its extraordinary summit in Jakarta with the theme "Independence is the right of...

Will And Kate: Why We Must Stop Romanticizing The Raj

Anushay Hossain | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Anushay Hossain

Prince William & Kate's recent tour of India & Bhutan was quite a royal success. In an increasingly visual world, the photo opportunities alone of the...

India Says Queen Elizabeth Should Keep Famed Jewel

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.19.2016 | World

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India should relinquish its claim to a huge diamond it has fought for decades to get back from the British, the government told ...

100th Anniversary of Ireland's March to Independence

Alan Singer | Posted 04.18.2016 | New York
Alan Singer

Sunday, April 24, is the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, the start of revolutionary activity that finally secured independence for Ireland.

Africa Declining or Rising?

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
Paul Mashegoane

There is a narrative that Africa is rich underground, not above ground with the notion of the resource curse. The Economist in 2000, published a magaz...

African Cuisines: From Colonial Past to Cosmopolitan Future

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 04.04.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

African cuisines are striving to achieve the visibility and popularity among consumers in the Global North that other culinary traditions from the Global South have been enjoying.

A Train Called the Lunatic Express

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.22.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

When I remember Kenya, I will think of trains. Not because I saw so many of them and not because I traveled in one. But the Kenya the world knows toda...

The Colonial Roots of Africa's Gender Inequality

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 03.18.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

One of the negative legacies of colonialism in Africa is that it upended many traditional African practices. In the case of women, they lost whatever traditional powers that they had.

Eritrean Refugees in the Western Press: Solidarity or Colonialism?

Kerry Martin | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Kerry Martin

In his cutting 2005 satire How To Write About Africa, Kenyan author and journalist Binyavanga Wainaina derided the Western media's simplification and condescension of the continent. Ten years later, our widened media landscape still barely makes room for Africans to speak for themselves.

Should Cecil Rhodes Stay?

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Trisha de Borchgrave

We live in an unrecognisable world to Cecil Rhodes, and better that he remain a visual anachronism than to try to wipe out the acceptance of racism that erected him in the first place. To be a moralist in this way today opens up the path to the same hypocrisies of Rhodes' time.

Lessons for Silicon Valley From Facebook's Fumble in India

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 02.17.2016 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Logically, there is an irony in that without Free Basics or the Google initiative, the inequality is even greater with 80 percent of the population without any internet access. However, given the context, the logic is lost.

Mark Zuckerberg Makes Clear He's Against Colonialism In India

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 02.10.2016 | Technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stood up for India Wednesday after board member Marc Andreessen insulted the country with what appeared to be a pro-colon...

Top Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Defends Colonialism In India

Fast Company | Adam Goldberg | Posted 02.10.2016 | Technology

In his defense of Facebook's Free Basics Internet service, Andreessen suggested India was better off under colonial rule....

Here's How America Could Change The Situation In Flint Overnight

Johnny L. Ricks | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Johnny L. Ricks

The citizens of Flint deserve much more than a steady convoy of trucks carrying privately donated bottled water. They deserve a full-fledged humanitarian military deployment, and a steady convoy of trucks carrying the equipment needed to repair their broken infrastructure and homes.

Eradicating Terrorism

Hossein Askari | Posted 02.07.2016 | World
Hossein Askari

Muslim leaders must be encouraged to embrace the important teachings of Islam from the Holy Quran, advocating freedom, effective and just institutions, equal opportunities for all members of society, gender equality, economic and social progress, representative governance and effective institutions.

Stopping Gentrification Is Half the Battle

Timothy Murphy | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

The fight for livable cities for all people, and not just the well-off, is underway with living wage proposals passing around the country, but it is only half the battle.

Just Because You Do 'Good' Work Doesn't Mean You're a Good Person

Michael Lee | Posted 01.15.2016 | Education
Michael Lee

One of the ideas we have to get beyond is the idea of someone being inherently moral or just or generally "good" because of the nature of the work with which they are involved.