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Protesters vandalised a statue of former Belgian King Leopold II at the Africa Museum, in Tervuren, near Brussels, earlier this month

Belgian king expresses ‘regrets’ over colonial past in Congo

By News & Current Affairs

Monarch acknowledges ‘acts of violence and cruelty’ inflicted during colonial rule. By Rory Sullivan, The Independent — The King of Belgium has expressed his “deepest regrets” for the violence and suffering inflicted during Belgian rule over what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the African country marks 60 years since it gained independence. In a letter written to Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the DRC, King Philippe became the first reigning Belgian monarch…

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Andros, Bahamas

No Mining in Andros The Bahamas

By Editors' Choice

Andros Island. Editors Note: We are sharing a petition started by De’Ann Forbes directed to the Bahamas government, Bahamas National Trust, Bahamian enviroment Protection Foundation, Save The Bays and Forfar Field Station. By De’Ann Forbes — For many years our country has been exploited and our natural resources taken from us the Bahamian people. There is no way we the Androsians will sell our rights and the rights of our…

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Incoming AU Pres. C. Ramaphosa (l) and outgoing Pres. A. Ahmed

At African Union Summit, Ramaphosa Announces End of Colonialism

By News & Current Affairs

By Global Information Network — A stirring call to action was delivered this week in the august hall of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, spoken by the incoming AU president Cyril Ramaphosa to distinguished members of the continental body representing over 40 countries. In his presentation at the AU’s 33rd summit, the South African President wove history with commentary into a tapestry of hope for a continent…

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hospital bed

Reparations for slavery and genocide should be used to address health inequities

By Reparations

Health justice funds could be used to support Black and Indigenous health initiatives and provide mental and physical health services to deal with the impact of transgenerational trauma. By Roberta K. Timothy — As soon as I entered Elmina Castle (the dungeons) in Cape Coast in Ghana, I felt haunted by over 400 years of brutality and the enslavement and genocide of millions of African and Indigenous peoples. That violence still impacts…

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Idina Menzel, left, and Kristen Bell at the premiere of “Frozen II” in Los Angeles.

Frozen II isn’t just a cartoon. It’s a brilliant critique of imperialism

By Commentaries/Opinions

We must atone for the sins of imperialism By Priya Satia, Washington Post — Every Thanksgiving, Americans trot out the self-congratulatory myth that colonization was a harmonious, bloodless affair — that native peoples practically gifted their lands to America and then served up a feast. We forget the aggressive colonial practices (including kidnapping and enslavement) that actually surrounded the holiday’s roots. This year, however, Thanksgiving also brought us Disney’s “Frozen II,” a…

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The conference of Berlin,

Berlin 1884: Remembering the conference that divided Africa

By Editors' Choice

135 years ago today, European leaders sat around a horseshoe-shaped table to set the rules for Africa’s colonization. By Patrick Gathara, Al Jazeera — On the afternoon of Saturday, November 15, 1884, an international conference was opened by the chancellor of the newly-created German Empire at his official residence on Wilhelmstrasse, in Berlin. Sat around a horseshoe-shaped table in a room overlooking the garden with representatives from every European country,…

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Western Banking, Colonialism and Reparations

By Reparations

Address by Prime Minister Gaston Browne during the Caribbean Reparations Commission Regional Symposium on Western Banking, Colonialism and Reparations, October 10, 2019. I bring no special expertise or unique perspective to the issue of reparations. However, I am here primarily to signify my personal commitment to the fight to achieve reparatory justice. Approximately five years ago, on October 14, 2014, at the second regional conference on reparations, held at…

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Slave Ship

Details of horrific first voyages in transatlantic slave trade revealed

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

As the world ignores the ignominious 500th anniversary of the buying and selling of slaves between Africa and the Americas, historians uncover its first horrific voyages. By David Keys, The Independent — Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade. New discoveries are now revealing the…

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Five nations in the Indian Territory - the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole - kept back slaves for decades

How Native Americans adopted slavery from white settlers

By Reparations

And how black people in Indian Territory were denied their rights even after their emancipation. By Alaina E Roberts, Al Jazeera — Last week marked the 153rd anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1865. Rightly celebrated as a milestone for the black American community, the 13th Amendment led to the eventual liberation of all African Americans enslaved in the United States of the late…

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Picture courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

£9.2 trillion drained from India during British rule, economist finds

By Commentaries/Opinions

“The modern capitalist world would not exist without colonialism and the drain,” says Indian economist Utsa Patnaik By Sean Bell, Common Space — BRITAIN impoverished India over the course of its colonial rule by a staggering £9.2 trillion, laying the groundwork for modern international capitalism and holding back present-day India’s ability to escape poverty, a leading Indian economist has claimed. Utsa Patnaik, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Economic…

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