Colonialism


Kes - unshorn hair - is an article of faith for Sikhs (Credit: Shreyans Bhansali)

Sacrificing sovereignty: Sikhs and Covid-19

12 May 2020 Against a backdrop of militaristic rhetoric, Shuranjeet Singh interrogates why some Sikhs are being forced to choose between their faith and their patients

Essay: a new sense of nation?

3 May 2020 Michael Calderbank and Ashish Ghadiali discuss the meaning of ‘national pride’ and ask if it can – or should – have a place in a truly radical left politics

US Socialism: Indigenous community wealth building

13 March 2020 Community wealth building can help to tap into the culture and resources of marginalised communities, says Stephanie Gutierrez.

Democracy in focus: the undead state

9 January 2020 Brexit may finally have forced reform upon Britain’s zombie imperial constitution, writes Kojo Koram

Democracy in focus: a post-austerity state

8 January 2020 The UK needs a people’s constitution to defend rights and enable us to fulfil our potential, writes Hilary Wainwright

Cartoonist from 1888 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism, grabbing land on every continent. Public Domain.

Election 2019: Education and Empire

28 November 2019 Following Labour’s manifesto pledge to educate the public on the histories of empire, slavery, and migration, Kimberly McIntosh explains the dangers of colonial nostalgia in the national curriculum

Review – Decolonial Communism, Democracy and the Commons

22 November 2019 A collection of essays which could be a key resource for those seeking to create economic alternatives, edited by Catherine Samary and Fred Leplat. Reviewed by Derek Wall

Forest Fires in Amazon

The fight of our lives

18 November 2019 Asad Rehman talks to Ashish Ghadiali about why, across the political spectrum, Zero Carbon 2030 must become the rallying cry in GE2019.

Real Zero

16 October 2019 2019 has seen climate consciousness reshape the political conversation around the world, but for this new awareness to make a difference, we need to get real about targets and timescale, write Souparna Lahiri, Niclas Hällström and Rachel Rose Jackson. 

Global Justice Rebellion activists

It’s time to add global justice to XR’s demands

10 October 2019 Extinction Rebellion must recognise the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, and demand a just transition for all, argues Aranyo Aarjan

A Green New Deal must deliver global justice

29 April 2019 To tackle climate change, we must target the international inequalities at the root of the crisis. By Asad Rehman

A new civilising mission

18 March 2019 The treatment of Muslim women shows that French feminism has not shed some imperialist and racist practices, argues Malia Bouattia

Remembering the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

30 November 2018 In April 1919, British colonial forces cracked down violently on Indian protesters. By Saurav Dutt

The colonial origins of Africa’s health crisis

15 November 2018 Formerly colonised nations are still suffering the effects of underdevelopment and underinvestment in health infrastructure, writes Jessica Lynne Pearson.

Resistance and revolution in colonial Kenya

22 October 2018 Shehina Fazal reviews 'Kenya’s War of Independence: Mau Mau and its Legacy of Resistance  to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990' by Shiraz Durrani. 

‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed’

18 October 2018 Mike Peters explores the legacy of Steve Biko, a radical who spent his life fighting for Black liberation and for the overthrow of the Apartheid government in South Africa.