J.M. Opal, McGill University When Americans study their 19th-century history, they tend to look at its great conflicts, especially the epic clash over slavery. They are less likely to recall … Continue Reading The Myth of the American Frontier Still Shapes U.S. Racial Divides
The “Mandela and Me” exhibition at the British Council in London marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in 1918. The exhibition is sponsored by Anglo American, the mining giant that was the biggest corporation in South Africa during apartheid and has, since 1999, been headquartered in London.
It was a moment that has defined Angel Merkel’s chancellorship of Germany ever since. In early September 2015, she allowed thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq to … Continue Reading Germany’s Heated Asylum Debate Has Dark Parallels To Events 30 Years Ago
In 19th century Queensland, the Native Mounted Police were responsible for “dispersing” (a euphemism for systematic killing) Aboriginal people. This government-funded paramilitary force operated from 1849 (prior to Queensland’s separation … Continue Reading How Unearthing Queensland’s ‘Native Police’ Camps Gives Us a Window Onto Colonial Violence
Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after … Continue Reading Meet Haiti’s Founding Father, Whose Black Revolution Was Too Radical For Thomas Jefferson