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Americans Should Follow Brexit With Amexit To Escape Washington's Brutal Embrace

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should follow the British in reconsidering the wisdom of living under a centralized Leviathan in a distant capital, that is, Washington.

Education Imperialism in Africa Turns Nasty - Uganda Police Harass Researcher Investigating Schools with Ties to Gates, Zuckerberg, and Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 06.13.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

European exploitation of Africa started with the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century. It continued with colonization and imperialism in the...

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.

Human Rights & Civil Society Groups to OAS: Hands off Venezuela!

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

As someone who witnessed first-hand the brutal U.S.-sponsored Contra War against Nicaragua, I will not sit idly by as my government, with the aid of the OAS, again attempts to quash popular governments in Latin America.

Migration as Reparations

Joseph Nevins | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Joseph Nevins

The roots of this deportation regime must be eradicated and replaced. But this will not occur by asking the federal government to be more "humanitarian" in carrying out its regime of immigrant and territorial exclusion.

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.

Stumping Trump: Can We Coopt Muslim Help To Challenge Our Ancestral Angst?

Nick Fouche | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Nick Fouche

With our former hegemons in precipitous decline I am often reminded of Aesop's inquisitive fox, who visits an old lion one day as he lies enfeebled amidst the cold shadows of his cave. Presumably the story had as much to say to us in the early 1900s with the slow shrinking of the Pax Britannica as it does today as our vexed Pax Americana gradually hits the dust.

The Forgotten History of an African American Soldier Turned Rebel Leader in the Philippines

Elizabeth Kissam | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Elizabeth Kissam

Recent films and plays highlight critical alternative voices our history lacks. The Birth of a Nation, Chocolat, Suffragette and Red Velvet portray fo...

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

The French Are Dumping Their Language

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.11.2016 | World
Khanh Ho

I hear that the French are not only getting rid of a lot of words but also simplifying even more--a shock to most native speakers. But what is even more shocking is the decision to get rid of the circumflex, which is a hold-over from ancient conventions of spelling that are no longer relevant.

What Size News Article Will These Wars Be in the History of the World?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 12.29.2015 | Media
Peter Reynosa

Seeing very large historical events being reduced to smallish news stories, some no bigger than a small-town doctor obituary, is always a humbling experience. The great and grand problem or problems that consumed your era that everyone worried about may very well end up only being a very small story in the annals of history.

Taiwan's Cartoon Salesmen

Lucas Spangher | Posted 12.28.2015 | Travel
Lucas Spangher

Next time you see a Gudetama cartoon, fight the urge to immediately give into his lazy and sleepy antics. Instead, stop and think. Is this what you want your image of beauty to become? Is that how you want your society trained?

Guns, Terrorism, and Honesty

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Gun violence, Islamic terrorism, and anti-Muslim bigotry are all real, serious problems that need to be faced head-on. It's disingenuous to be in denial about one or the other just because you have a certain political affiliation.

Commemorating Timorese Independence and Meeting Xanana Gusmão: A Photo-essay

Atif Choudhury | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Atif Choudhury

I have only been in Timor-Leste for three months, yet it has been an unimaginably eventful time here. From attending three thrilling World Cup qualif...

Should These Subway Cars Be Covered In Nazi Flags Right Now?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment

UPDATE: The ads, which were previously scheduled to run until mid-December, have been removed from subway cars under pressure from New York Governor A...

We Can Avoid Another Paris and Defeat ISIS If We Remember This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Akbar Ahmed

While bombers and aircraft carriers need to do their stuff, the problem of terrorist-related violence will not be solved by force alone. President Hollande must also engage with his alienated Muslim community with the same determination he has shown in attacking ISIS and win them over.

Je Suis Human: Thoughts About Suffering, Humanity, and Paris

Antione Gray | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Antione Gray

As we all ‪#‎PrayForParis‬ and apply Facebook filters to our profile pictures, we cannot turn a blind eye to human suffering around the world just because "those people" are not "us."

Tourists of Empire

William J. Astore | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

The United States is a peculiar sort of empire. Americans have been in what might be called imperial denial since the Spanish-American War of 1898. The U.S. not only denies its imperial ambitions, but shrouds them in a curiously American brand of Christianized liberation theology.

Walking Down the Streets of Seoul/Ramallah

Ed Gragert | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Ed Gragert

Border crossings and ad hoc and unpredictable checkpoints made us and the subjugated Palestinians into cattle, prodded and shouted at by Israelis with machine guns, proving who had colonial power and who had none.

'Christmas on Mars'

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Water on Mars! Highballs in time for the Holidays?

The Debate We Should Be Having Over Mount McKinley

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

When President Barack Obama officially renamed Mount McKinley on Monday, neither he nor the Republicans protesting his decision mentioned the foreign ...

It's Not Just the Confederate Flag: The Example of New Haven

Jes Minor | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Jes Minor

Yes, Confederate flags are coming down across the country, and we can cheer. But in the wake of Dylann Roof's shooting of nine black people in the Charleston African Methodist Episcopal Church, fires have blistered seven other southern black churches, even burning some to the ground.

Shedding Imperial Conceit

James Zogby | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

This is not mere ancient history. It is playing out today, and not just in the consequences of British (or French, or German, or American) imperial misadventures. It informs our Western portrayal of the "East" and our understanding of its peoples. We still see ourselves as the civilized world, the bearers of universal values. And we still portray the "East" as less civilized, more prone to violence, less respectful of human life and liberty.

A New Internationalism

Van Gosse | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

For well over a century, a shared commitment to internationalism has defined what it means to be Left. Even when we do not use that particular word, r...

Lord Deben: "Would You Get On A Plane That Had a 97% Chance of Crashing?"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

If 97% of aeronautical experts warned that plane A was going to crash, would you get on it? The answer, in all likelihood, would have to be no. "No...