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What Happens if Chinese Smartphones Teach English Lessons in Tanzania?

Christina Lauren Quigley , October 7th, 2022


English is the dominant global language of the world, it is the language of power, and control. But it is not the only language, and different people have…


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Volodymyr Artiukh: The political logic of Russia’s imperialism

Focaal Web Editor , June 9th, 2022


The debate around the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including the previous contributions in FocaalBlog, has shifted from the ‘either NATO or Russia’ dichotomy to a more nuanced exchange…


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Markus Virgil Hoehne: Perpetuating conflict through democratization: Presidential elections in Somalia

focaal_admin , May 13th, 2022


Presidential elections will happen in Somalia on Sunday, 15 May 2022. This will most likely not bring peace and stability to the war-torn Somali society. To the contrary,…


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Chris Hann: The Agony of Ukraine

focaal_admin , March 11th, 2022


After nearly two weeks of violent conflict in Ukraine, it is increasingly difficult to stand back and see the bigger picture. The West has lined up behind the…


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Elizabeth Cullen Dunn: When Western Anti-Imperialism Supports Imperialism

focaal_admin , March 3rd, 2022


The invasion of Ukraine has been a shock not just to Eastern Europe, but to the post World War II international order.  While the fundamental tenets of postwar…


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Don Kalb: “Fuck Off” versus “Humiliation”: The Perverse Logic towards War in Europe’s East

focaal_admin , March 1st, 2022


Image 1: Czar Vladimir, by BakeNecko. I like the tone and the global historical perspective of David Harvey’s FocaalBlog article. Harvey’s socialist internationalism versus competitive nation-…


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David Harvey: Remarks on Recent Events in the Ukraine: An Interim Statement

focaal_admin , February 25th, 2022


Image 1: Young girl protesting the war in Ukraine, photo by Matti. David Harvey prepared this text for the 2022 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. We publish…


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After a Year of Being Locked Down

Maximilian C. Forte , May 17th, 2021


Nobody (as far as I know) has commented on how hard this year of lockdowns has been on university professors. That’s good: nobody should. Many millions of workers…


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Mental Health in Guyana’s Prisons: a direct legacy of the country’s colonial history?

Dylan Kerrigan - Opeds/Blogs , April 26th, 2021


This oped was written by our research team from the University of Leicester and University of Guyana. The mental health of those who live and work in Guyana’s…


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In the Journals – Conflict and Captivity

allisontedesco , August 10th, 2020


POW release to UN authorities was the first step in repatriation. Here, communists turn over UN troops at the POW receiving center at Panmunjon, on the border of…


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Goodbye “American Greatness”

Maximilian C. Forte , April 29th, 2020


Part 3 of 5 of the COVID-19 Series. Indispensable. Here was the so-called “indispensable nation,” the self-appointed saviour of the world, with generations of its leaders and thinkers…


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Web Roundup: What Can the Coronavirus Outbreak Tell Us About Capitalism, White Supremacy, and Climate Change? by Anika Jugovic-Spajic

Anika Jugovic-Spajic , February 29th, 2020


In December 2019, a new respiratory virus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei Province. A new strain of coronavirus, designated COVID-2019, belongs to a large…


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State of the Empire: Reviewing 2019

Maximilian C. Forte , December 31st, 2019


Annual Review of 2019: The State of the Empire at the End of a Decade This year marks the end of the second decade of the 21st-century, and…


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Americans Can Do Two Things at the Same Time

Maximilian C. Forte , March 13th, 2019


Surely we have heard and seen enough by now that any lingering “optimism” about Trump governing as an anti-interventionist in foreign affairs has totally evaporated. What Trump promised…


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A War for Oil: The US Economic War on Venezuela

Maximilian C. Forte , February 12th, 2019


A Bridge Too Far {click to enlarge} It resembled something from a post-apocalyptic setting in a movie: images of the blocked highway bridge linking Colombia to Venezuela, silent…


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Review of 2018, Part 4 (October–December): Nationalism, Deglobalization, plus the US exit from Syria

Maximilian C. Forte , December 23rd, 2018


OCTOBER Where US–Canada relations were concerned, as well as Trump’s trade strategy, NAFTA was the leading event opening the month of October. The US–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) On Monday,…


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Review of 2018, Part 3 (July–September): The Trade War plus Cold War II

Maximilian C. Forte , December 22nd, 2018


JULY June was a month so heavily saturated with key turning point events, that it seemed like the longest month of the year—but then July came. Already, on…


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Review of 2018, Part 2 (April–June): Dealing in Danger and Diplomacy

Maximilian C. Forte , December 21st, 2018


APRIL The Trade War Begins? April continued many of the same themes from March, beginning with the apparent start of a trade war between China and the US…


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Review of 2018, Part 1 (January–March): Unloading the American Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , December 21st, 2018


In memory of James Laxer, n. December 22, 1941, d. February 23, 2018, prolific author, and an inspiration to all Canadian academics to think for ourselves. JANUARY A…


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The Thickest Review of 2018: An Overview

Maximilian C. Forte , December 21st, 2018


Numbering 100 printed pages, at about 50,000 words, the thickest review of 2018 is about to be published here in four parts over the next few days. A…


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Reading List: 15 Recommended Reads on Colonial Histories, Colonial Legacies

Rose Deller , November 15th, 2018


Image Credit: African and Caribbean War Memorial, Windrush Square, Brixton, London (Kelly Foster CC BY SA 4.0) In this reading list, we recommend fifteen books previously reviewed on the…


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Waste colonialism

Max Liboiron , November 1st, 2018


Waste colonialism refers to how waste and pollution are part of the domination of one group in their homeland by another group. The concept has been gaining traction…


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Syria: The New Terra Nullius

Maximilian C. Forte , October 7th, 2018


SYRIA, seat of an Islamic Caliphate. Syria, site of the Middle East’s newest liberal democracy. Syria, socialist paradise. Syria, a corrupt and murderous dictatorship that practices genocide. Syria,…


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Canada Imports the White Helmets from Syria: A Dangerous, Criminal Decision

Eva Bartlett , August 12th, 2018


Did Canadians get to vote on whether or not to bring potential terrorists or supporters of terrorists to Canada? No. Will Canadians get a say in where these…


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