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Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World

As Andrew Feinstein admitted in the packed former LUCAS library at 4pm on the 6th March 2013, it is hard to compress 500+ pages and 3000+ references of his latest book, The Shadow World, into 45 minutes.  It is harder … Continue reading

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The Radicalism of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has been universally praised by political leaders in ‘the West’ for his leadership of post-apartheid South Africa. However, Mandela’s relationship with ‘western’ governments hadn’t always appeared so harmonious. In 1980 conservative MP Teddy Taylor commented that Mandela “should be shot”, whilst as late as 1987 the ANC remained a “terrorist organisation” in the eyes of Margaret Thatcher. Characterisations such as these were partly informed by Mandela’s long held and vocal opposition to western imperialism in Southern Africa. In the 1950s, at the height of mass civil disobedience against oppressive race laws, Mandela vehemently opposed the involvement of both the U.S. and Britain in South African affairs. The piece, which appeared in the journal Liberation in March 1958 gives an indication of Mandela’s ideological anti-imperialism and raises questions over how Mandela as a global political figure is viewed today… Continue reading

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Victims of British Torture in Kenya Seek Compensation

Four Kenyans say they suffered abuse under British colonial rule during the 1950s Mau Mau rebellion. Professor David Anderson, author of Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire, (New York: W.W. Norton, 2005) provides … Continue reading

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The International Community Must Decide Now

Today could prove a turning point in Libya but only if the international community shows its hand in a firm course of action. As Libyan rebels battle Gaddafi’s forces for control of the key town of Brega, around 200km south … Continue reading

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