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News and Analysis from The Nation on Colonialism
February 17, 2017
When Does Renaming a Building Make Sense?
At Yale, the decision to rename a college named after an outspoken defender of slavery was not taken lightly.
January 5, 2017
Birth of an Imperial Nation
A new history of 19th-century America captures how the United States was always an empire.
November 24, 2016
Thanksgiving Celebrates Migrants Seeking Refuge From Intolerance and Threats
Thanksgiving is a holiday for what conservatives call “multicultural pieties”—for embracing diversity, for sharing our prosperity, for recalling the history of welcoming the stranger.
November 19, 2016
Seeing Mars, Seeing Red
As the climate warms and this planet of ours continues sprinting toward extinction, we’re seeing the cultural fixation with Mars take center stage.
November 2, 2016
A new biography explores the mysterious life and times of Toussaint Louverture.
David A. Bell
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October 19, 2016
Some of the Exhibits at the Museum of Natural History Are… Not… Good…
The artist collective Decolonize This Place is taking their anti-imperialist message to cultural institutions across the world.
August 23, 2016
An Argentinian Novelist, Out of Oblivion
Exile, failure, the dread of erasure: Antonio Di Benedetto seems to have transmuted all his life experiences into his novel
, which has finally been translated into English.
August 19, 2016
Inequality Has Gotten So Bad That We’re Offshoring Our Grandparents
Americans can’t afford to retire in the United States, so many are moving south of the border, trading one form of inequity for another.
July 19, 2016
A Brutal Account of Colonialism in Africa Just Showed Up in the Most Unlikely of Places: Hollywood
Bet you didn’t know the latest Tarzan movie was based on this story.
July 7, 2016
The Insufficiency of Pan-Africanism as We Know It
The fact that many people identify, however loosely, with being African doesn’t replace the need for the services that only a government can provide.