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 Egyptian Military’s Colonial Legacy

Following mass demonstrations in February 2011, Egypt was plunged into political instability that forced the colonial legacy of the military as an agent of stabilization to resurface and to take control over Egypt’s governance.

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Scandal Raises Questions on the Colonial Office in Modern Canada

The majority of Canadians did not pay any real attention to the Governor General prior to January 2021. Even fewer people understood the Governor General’s role in Canada’s government. This all changed under the authority of the 29th Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette. She resigned on January 21st following

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Medical Tourism in India Could Improve Local Healthcare Policy

The discovery and creation of medicines have been an essential aspect of the human experience since 2600 BCE. Without the development of medicines and treatments like aspirin, smallpox vaccinations, and anesthesia, both the history and the future of the human race would be very different. These treatments, however, have not

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Unmasking the Structural Inequalities of Brazil’s Education System

Despite the average COVID-19 deaths peaking in Brazil in 2021, the Brazilian National High School Exam was not postponed, leading to the lowest national turnout ever registered at only 48.5% on January 17th, 2021. The failure to account for the effects of quarantine on students of low socio-economic status sheds

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Discrimination Against Zainichi Koreans in Japan

Introduction In western media, the island nation of Japan is often portrayed as homogeneous, a country that shares a common language and culture. There has also been a lack of discussion of racial and ethnic discrimination within Japan in international news, namely the systematic discrimination of Korean people. As with

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