Notes on the Coloniality of Peace

Nelson Maldonado-Torres The allusion to peace, to peace as a state of harmony within an established order, has long been an indispensable tool in the arsenal of colonialism and racism. First comes the brutal war: people killed, bodies in pieces, raped, and mutilated, subjects subdued, ancestors disrespected, lands taken, rivers with water turning viscous and…

Community Control of the Police – and a Whole Lot More

Glen Ford Abolition of the police begins with community control, in which community representatives not only hire, fire and oversee the cops, but decide the nature of the policing that is necessary and acceptable. “Movements are about amassing power to the people, not collecting promises from corporate flunkies.” The wave of people’s protests across the…

Decolonization and Socialist Revolution Are the Ways Forward

Rainer Shea Liberals are trying to use reformism to deflect the energy of the George Floyd protests away from what should be the protests’ ultimate goal: the decolonization of the continent that’s been falsely named “America.” They claim that the violence against colonized peoples which the settler-colonial system has ingrained into law enforcement will be…

Decolonization, Decoloniality, and the Future of African Studies: A Conversation with Dr. Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Duncan Omanga At the sidelines of the recently concluded African Studies Association (ASA) annual meeting held in Boston (November 21–23, 2019), Prof. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, a prominent voice on the debate on decolonization, had a conversation with Duncan Omanga, program officer for the African Peacebuilding Network and the Next Generation Social Sciences program, on the…

Fundamental Black and Native Opposition to White Settler State

Blacks and Native Americans continue to pose a threat to the “conquistador white settler nation,” agues Tiffany King, author of “The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies.” King is a professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Georgia. “There are impulses within both Black abolition and Native decolonization…

Frantz Fanon: Decolonize Your Digital-Mind

Lizzie O’Shea Frantz Fanon, the writer and psychiatrist born in the French colony of Martinique, is perhaps best known for his contribution to our understanding of race and colonialism. He produced a powerful and nuanced body of work before his death in 1961, centered on his experiences and reflections upon racism. His writings grappled with…

Venezuela Holds Third Decolonial School in Caracas

Ricardo Vaz Enrique Dussel receiving a Critical Thought prize from Hugo Chavez in 2009. (Archive) The third edition of the School of Decolonial Critical Thought is taking place this week in Caracas. The conference, which this year has as its theme “The State and Constituent Processes,” features a host of speakers from across the world,…

Indigenous People Possess a Quarter of the Global Territory

A new study published by the journal Nature Sustainability shows that Indigenous people own or have tenure rights over at least a quarter of the global, inhabited land surface, reaffirming their important role in nature conservation and the fight against climate change. This might be the first study to aggregate and analyze spatial information on…

Fascism and Anti-Fascism: A Decolonial Perspective

Ena͞emaehkiw Wākecānāpaew Kesīqnaeh Truly, there are stains that it is beyond the power of man to wipe out and that can never be fully expiated. But let us speak about the colonized. I see clearly what colonization has destroyed: the wonderful Indian civilizations—and neither Deterding nor Royal Dutch nor Standard Oil will ever console me…

Decolonize the Caribbean

Angel “Monxo” López Santiago “The Caribbean is in need of food sovereignty, energy sovereignty, and land sovereignty.” Maria and Irma, 2017’s two most destructive hurricanes in the Caribbean basin, have exposed the trappings and inequalities of colonialism in the region. The hurricanes have blown away decades of legal and international maneuvers and ruses, local constitutions,…

Occupation of Indigenous Land: Accumulation by Dispossession

BY KELLY ROSE PFLUG-BACK,ENA͞EMAEHKIW KESĪQNAEH Illustration by Lianne Charlie |  November/December 2016 issue of Briarpatch Magazine Maehkaenah-Menaehsaeh (Turtle Island) has sustained people and other living things from time immemorial. Complex and interconnected systems of life make up its forests, rivers, lakes, prairies, and tundra. Beneath the ground, millions of years of intricate geological processes have…