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Timbuktu Then and Now

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

When I heard recently about the rescue of Timbuktu by the French from the Ansar Dine, it somehow made me think of the time when France conquered this city in 1893.

Scottish Independence And Progressive Christianity: A Perfect Fit

Ben Daniel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Ben Daniel

If Scotland becomes independent it is very possible that we will witness the birth of a Western democracy in which national security is achieved through education and wealth is tied to the well-being of ordinary people. Who among Progressive Mainline Protestants cannot support such ideals?

The United States, China and India: Unintended Consequences of Great Power Politics

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The Obama administration should nevertheless carefully evaluate its relationship with India in the next four years and beware of the unintentional but often hazardous consequences of Great Power politics.

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

The Post-Colonial Presidency: Our Man Obama

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Andrew Lam

As a refugee from Vietnam, a country colonized by the French and then fought over by the Americans and the Soviet Union, I see the Obama presidency as spelling the end of a 500-year-old colonial curse.

Tabu and the Arrival of a Master Filmmaker

Erica Abeel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

A universe apart, Tabu conveys romantic longing among the foothills of Mount Tabu, where lovers play out their affair under the eyes of a watchful, mystical crocodile. Unlike the treacly The Artist, Tabu places demands on the viewer. Can American filmgoers embrace this rapturous film?

The Roots of Dinesh D'Souza's Rage

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

D'Souza's primary argument is that Obama is carrying out a deliberate "anti-colonial" agenda. Never mind that this is a real stretch, but what is much more disturbing is D'Souza's own agenda -- of promoting colonialism.

Barack Obama and the Sins of the Father

Michael Mungai | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Michael Mungai

I think all Kenyans deserve an apology from Mr. D'Souza for his disrespect, but I won't be holding my breath.

Africa and the Chinese Invasion: Some Nuts and Bolts in the Craft Sector

Atim Oton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Africa needs China's help to develop but I am still a strong believer in Africans doing it themselves. We are a continent of grand bargains. As nations that are about 50 years old, we are still too young to figure it out. In time, we will.

2016: Obama's America Is Propaganda as Entertainment

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The main flaw in the film is its lack of balance. There is no attempt to show "the other side" of any issue. This is a movie with a message and a purpose, neither of which are intended to show a different interpretation of the facts submitted

Pulling Lebanon Back From the Brink

James Zogby | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
James Zogby

With neighboring Syria imploding, tensions with Iran mounting, and Israel ever threatening, Lebanon appears to be on the brink of conflict. While this has been Lebanon's story for decades now, it need not be its fate.


Gideon Resnick | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Gideon Resnick

I have always clung to my family's history as something that defines me in a way I have yet to understand. I feel ignorant though when people ask when was the last time I visited, because I simply haven't... ever.

9 Signs the Journalism on Africa You've Just Encountered Is Trash

Imran Garda | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Imran Garda

If more than one of these apply to your print, online or broadcast journalism source, you're probably not getting your information from the most reliable place.

U.S. Military Atrocity In Afghanistan Nothing New

John Wight | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
John Wight

The get-out is already being set up by the U.S. military and its political outriders in Washington.

Book Blames Colonialism For Birth Of AIDS In Africa

Posted 04.30.2012 | Black Voices

It sounds like a scene out of the 1995 film "Outbreak," but authors Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin are touting some real-life evidence that pinpoin...

The Most Provocative Filmmaker in the World: A Conversation With Mads Brügger on The Ambassador

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 04.11.2012 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

He's punk'd both the North Korean communist government and in his new film, the Central African Republic and its corrupt diplomatic culture. Mads Brügger is one of Europe's funniest and most controversial filmmakers, although most Americans haven't heard of him -- yet.

On the Obligatory Picture With Brown Babies: A Critique of Colonialism, Cuteness, Study Abroad and Facebook

Emily Schorr Lesnick | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Emily Schorr Lesnick

These pictures have become a staple of travel photo albums and a ritual for the traveler, a documentation of a privileged and condescending gaze upon a small, politicized body.

Africans, Is it Time to Question 400 Years of Colonialism and 50 Years of Aid?

Atim Oton | Posted 01.24.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Africa is still a child and needs to grow up. But it's growth has to be on its own terms. It is time for Africa to re-evaluate its 400 years of colonialism and the last 50 years of aid. Each has changed the continent in some many ways.

The American Silk King

AP | By DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 01.19.2012 | Books

BANGKOK -- Forty-five years after vanishing into a jungle without a trace, "Silk King" Jim Thompson remains a daily presence in Thailand: Shoppers cro...

PHOTOS: Artist We're Digging Today: Adriana Varejao

Posted 01.11.2012 | Arts

Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao paints tiled spaces and she also paints poetry. At first her rooms look like dreamy feats of impossible architecture,...

Do the British Still Rule India?

David Hill | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
David Hill

Or do the French rule Algeria? The Portuguese, Angola? The Italians, Libya?

Tropical Exuberance Meets Colonial Grace In Nicaragua | Posted 01.17.2012 | Travel

The ancient adobes are newly dressed in bright tropical colors and filled with fine restaurants, small boutiques. Horse-drawn carriages still roll along the photogenic streets.

Pax Occupata

Randall Amster | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

Everyone's a bard, and all the world's a stage. The curtain is finally closing on the old order, and a new paradigm of peace is being hewn from the colossus.

A Brief 'History' of Day of the Dead

Marga Britto | Posted 01.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Marga Britto

The day of the dead is one of our most beloved traditions in Mexico, surpassed only by that of electing crooked politicians and watching TV content for the mentally sedated.

I Don't Have To Celebrate Columbus

Vito de la Cruz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Latino Voices
Vito de la Cruz

Of course, I understand, as I type this piece on my laptop, that Columbus' exposure of the New World made exploration inevitable and that we are who we are today, in large part because he triggered that European curiosity. But, I don't have to celebrate the man, his misdeeds, or his arrogant, short-sighted waste of human life.