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The Summer of the Apocalypse: June, George Floyd & Black Lives Matter

Thursday the 25th of June marked one month since George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of the police, on May 25th of this year. It also marked what should have been Tamir Rice’s eighteenth birthday. He was shot by the police when he was twelve years old, for playing with a toy gun. Catalysed […]

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The history of the British Empire is missing from our education system

In my last written piece for Voices, I wrote about the importance of teaching people of colour in Scotland – and the UK – about their heritage. So, when I found out that a group of London based sixth form students had created mock newspapers with headlines such as “Boris Backs Empire Education”, and distributed […]

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The Bold British Sun

Every time the sun rises it brings with it the promise of life and the warmth of hope. But this sun was different. It helped cast a long shadow of a fluttering Union Jack on lands and people that it would eventually impoverish and devour.  How many people needed to die for it to be […]

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British loan to Iraq is constitutive of neo-colonialism

The announcement this week that Britain will provide a loan of £10 billion to Iraq may appear an unremarkable financial agreement. But its critical stipulation – that the whole sum must be spent buying British goods and services – is deeply troubling. Both during and after colonialism, European powers have exerted influence over foreign states, […]

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Colonialism must be taught through view of oppressed

David Cameron had the audacity this week to argue that Jamaica should just “move on” from the systematic oppression it faced at the hands of the British. Beyond merely criticising politicians for their woeful lack of self-awareness, and damning ignorance of historical context, remarks such as this raise a wider question. How can we expect […]