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Anti-Colonialism Day

On April 24, 1955,  29 “non-aligned” nations from Africa, the Middle East and Asia concluded the historically significant Afro-Asia Conference, or what was more popularly known as the “Bandung Conference,” a landmark event on anti-imperialism, anti-racism, anti-colonialism and anti-militarization in the midst of an escalating Cold War.

Held in Bandung, Indonesia the meeting brought together revolutionaries from around the world, who condemned Western imperialism and colonialism.

April 24 also marks the Easter Rebellion by the Irish people against British rule. The uprising represents a refusal of British imperial rule by Irish revolutionaries who denounced the empire's unfair and oppressive occupation.

teleSUR English commemorates anti-colonialism by looking at the advances of Latin American nations against imperialism and the current struggles taking place against colonialism.

If You Only Read One Thing

 

Lessons From Latin America On Fighting Colonialism

By Naomi Cohen

On World Anti-Colonialism Day, teleSUR looks at exemplary achievements in decolonization from the other side of the world, Latin America, that continue to inspire its Afro-Asian allies.  READ MORE

Anti-Colonial Struggles

 
A protester holds a sign reading

Decolonizing Identity: US Latinos Rediscover Native Roots

By Alejandro Lara-Briseno

Indigenous groups from South of the U.S. constructed border are uniting with their Native brethren and sisters of the North to challenge colonialism. READ MORE

Debt and Drugs: A Toxic Colonial Legacy for Puerto Rico

By Kari Lyderson

The island’s debt crisis and subsequent austerity cuts are exacerbating social problems. READ MORE

The Resistance of the Caribbean

 
Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Jamaica

5 Anti-Colonial Caribbean Leaders That You've Never Heard Of

By Creede Newton

To mark World Anti-Colonialism day, teleSUR presents five Caribbean leaders who fought bravely against slavery, fascism and colonialism. READ MORE

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (L), Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop (R), and Cuba's Fidel Castro preside over a May Day rally in Havana, Cuba, May 1, 1980.

Remembering Maurice Bishop and Grenada's Revolution

By Lucho Granados Cejas

Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement ousted a U.S.-backed regime only to be invaded by the United States in 1983. READ MORE

Claudia Jones' Pan-Africanism led to her advocacy for freedom of Caribbean and African peoples from colonialism.

Claudia Jones: Unknown Pan-Africanist, Feminist, and Communist

By Ajamu Nangwaya

Jones used the organizational space of the Communist Party to advance the cause of anti-racism, world peace, decolonization and the class struggle. READ MORE

Some Present Day Colonies

 

 

In Pictures: Anti-Colonial Revolutionaries

 
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From Around The World: 

 
The Easter Rising was led by the secret revolutionary group the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) and the smaller, socialist-led Irish Citizen Army (ICA).

James Connolly, the Easter Rising and Anti-Imperialism

By Stuart Munckton

The Easter Rising is usually understood simply as a bid for Irish freedom from British rule. But it was also a rising against World War I. READ MORE

Fidel Castro next to Angolan president Agostinho Neto

Angola Honors Cuba for Key Support in Colonial Independence

By Bryan Van Hulst

Cuba’s Fidel Castro deployed 36,000 troops to defend Angola from U.S. and Apartheid South Africa invasions. READ MORE

For thousands of years, the Indigenous people of Australia have suffered the ill-effects of colonization.

Starvation of Indigenous in Australia: Utopia's Dirty Secret

By John Pilger

How colonial settler-states treat the Indigenous people to this day:

Black incarceration in Australia is greater than that of Black people in Apartheid South Africa. Indigenous people go to prison, are beaten up in custody and die in custody as a matter of routine. In despairing communities, children as young as 10 take their own lives.

"The enduring existence of Indigenous who have survived more than two colonial centuries of massacres is a reminder to the wealthy white Australians of whose land it really is." READ MORE

A protester waves a Palestinian flag towards the Israeli border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip during a protest in 2014.

A Call for Solidarity With Palestine and the World’s Oppressed

By Noura Khouri

Activist and writer Noura Khouri says recognizing Israel’s suppport for global human rights abuses and uniting Palestinian workers with social justice movements around the world is key for building solidarity. READ MORE

 
  • While Early U.S. History, which includes U.S. colonialism, slavery and women’s suffrage, is still an option, “they also now have the option of avoiding it altogether.

    While Early U.S. History, which includes U.S. colonialism, slavery and women’s suffrage, is still an option, “they also now have the option of avoiding it altogether. | Photo AFP

  • A woman walks past anti-U.S. imperialism graffiti in Caracas. March 9, 2015

    A woman walks past anti-U.S. imperialism graffiti in Caracas. March 9, 2015 | Photo Reuters

  • Protests in Puerto Rico against the controversial U.S. Federal Control Board ostensibly aimed at helping the island tackle its crippling US$73 billion debt crisis have been held since President Barack Obama signed off on the disputed PROMESA bill in June. Protesters argue it is a colonial policy that will undermine Puerto Rico’s democracy.

    Protests in Puerto Rico against the controversial U.S. Federal Control Board ostensibly aimed at helping the island tackle its crippling US$73 billion debt crisis have been held since President Barack Obama signed off on the disputed PROMESA bill in June. Protesters argue it is a colonial policy that will undermine Puerto Rico’s democracy. | Photo Reuters

  • Vietnamese colonial troops from French Indochina disembarking at Camp Saint-Raphael. Over the course of the war, nearly 100,000 so-called

    Vietnamese colonial troops from French Indochina disembarking at Camp Saint-Raphael. Over the course of the war, nearly 100,000 so-called | Photo Bibliotheque nationale de France

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