For centuries, much of the globe was carved up and governed by colonial powers. Colonialism propelled the rise of many Western powers at the expense of the peoples and lands they exploited. Colonial powers imposed languages and religions on their subjects, installed inequitable economic systems, and drew up careless and arbitrary borders. Despite the mass wave of decolonization that occurred after World War II, in many ways, we continue to live within colonial structures. The long-lasting effects of colonialism still linger, shaping and exacerbating today’s wars, conflicts, and persisting inequalities. However, most education systems and mainstream media publications are heavily influenced by ex-colonial powers, clouding the general public’s awareness of colonial legacies on international affairs today while permitting a lack of accountability. This series seeks to highlight the colonial legacies that have given rise to the most pressing problems in our world while allowing us to reclaim and rethink the ways in which the past informs the present.
The United States, despite claiming to be an advocate for international justice and the rule of law, has never joined the ICC, perhaps because it does not want its own people to face charges.
Violence is escalating against Indigenous land defenders in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.
Organized crime groups in Latin America, who actually provide better governance than actual governments in some instances, have shifted away from the drug trade towards other means for funding, such as illegal mining.