One would save hundreds of thousands or even millions of lives by making certain countries colonies again, for example Nigeria, Syria or Somalia. Sure, colonialism was bad, but what came after is, in some cases, far worse.

As soon as I had some into this sea, I took by force some Indians from the first island, in order that they might learn from us, and at the same time tell us what they knew about affairs in these regions. This succeeded admirably; for in a short time we understood them and they us both by gesture and signs and words; and they were of great service to us. They are coming now with me, and have always believed that I have come from Heaven …

Police come out to collect our rent. The Aboriginal‘s Protection Board think it is important for the coloured people to pay rent. But the white people never thought of paying US rent for the whole country that they took from our ancestors.

Now we want to sail across the sea in ships, to found a young Germany over here and over there, to fertilise it with the results of our struggle and striving, to father and educate the noblest, most godlike children: we want to do it better than the Spaniards did, to whom the new world a sanctimonious slaughterhouse, unlike the English, for whom she became a grocer’s box. We want to do it the glorious, German way […]

There were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from XXXX to XXXX, over 3,000,000 people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this? I myself writing it as a knowledgeable eyewitness can hardly believe it.

Why should you destroy us, who have provided you with food? (…) You see us unarmed, and willing to supply your wants, if you will come in a friendly manner, and not with swords and guns, as to invade an enemy. I am not so simple, as not to know it is better to eat good meat, lie well, and sleep quietly with my women and children; to laugh and be merry with the English; (…) I insist that the guns and swords, the cause of all our jealousy and uneasiness, be removed and sent away.

[Both] the improvement of the health system and thus the drastic reduction in mortality rates (…) and the expansion of the education system [are] two positive manifestations of colonialism in Africa. (… ) It has also accelerated social and cultural change in the region. (…) Colonial rule (…) could not end the primacy of local social identities – such as family, community, clan, age group and ethnic group – over more abstract, more general identities such as nation.

 Brother and Captain Maharero! We would like to hear what your actual thoughts are on Palgrave’s intentions and his request that we enter into an alliance with him. We were pleased to hear that you too were completely opposed to entering into such an alliance with him. Now see, it is our firm resolve that we will keep our country and people, let it go as it will. (…) They try to keep us apart.

In colonial policy we must not take a purely negative position, but we must pursue a positive socialist colonial policy. (Audience: Bravo!) We must move away from the utopian idea of selling the colonies. The ultimate consequence of this view would be to give the United States back to the Indians. (Audience: commotion.) The colonies are there, you have to put up with that.

As you all know, our country was once a German colony. The Germans first began to occupy the country in XXXX. For fifteen years, between XXXX and XXXX, my people, with bows and arrows, with spears and clubs, with knives or rusty fought desperately to keep the Germans out. (…) the people fought because they did not believe in the white man’s right to govern and civilise Black people.

All powers that exercise sovereign rights or influence in the areas in question undertake to supervise the preservation of the native population and the improvement of their moral and material living conditions, and to cooperate in the suppression of slavery and in particular the N**** trade; without distinction of nationality or cult, they will protect and favour all (…) institutions and undertakings which (…) aim to educate the natives and render intelligible and worthy to them the advantages of civilisation.

The coloniser, who in order to ease his conscience gets into the habit of seeing the other man as an animal, accustoms himself to treating him like an animal, and tends objectively to transform himself into an animal. (…) They talk to me about progress, achievements, diseases cured, improved standards of living. I am talking about (…) development oriented solely toward the benefit of the metropolitan countries, about the looting of products, the looting of raw materials. They talk to me about civilisation. I talk about proletarianisation and mystification.

Take up the White Man’s burden–Send forth the best ye breed–Go bind your sons to exile, To serve your captives’ need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild–Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.

I was soon put down under the decks, and there I received such a salutation in my nostrils as I had never experienced in my life: so that, with the loathsomeness of the stench, and crying together, I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat (…) I now wished for the last friend, death, to relieve me; but soon, to my grief, two of the white men offered me eatables; and, on my refusing to eat, one of them held me fast by the hands, and laid me across I think the windlass, and tied my feet, while the other flogged me severely.



§2 (1) In the German colonies, marriages of Germans or foreigners with: 1) Natives; 2) Relatives from the non-German areas of Africa, Australia and the South Sea Islands; 3) Mixed race people with native blood or with blood of one of the peoples listed under no. 2; 4) Mixed race people from unions of members of the sections of the population mentioned under numbers 1 to 3 prohibited.
(…) Section 6 Members of the sections of the population named in Section 2 Nos. 1 to 4 who have sexual intercourse with a white woman in the German colonies shall be punished with death.

Art. 3. There cannot exist slaves on this territory, servitude is therein forever abolished. All men are born, live and die free.
Art. 4. All men, regardless of colour, are eligible to all employment.
Art. 5. There shall exist no distinction other than those based on virtue and talent, and other superiority afforded by law in the exercise of a public function. The law is the same for all whether in punishment or in protection.

We do hereby proclaim and declare solemnly in the name and by authority of the people of these Philippine Islands, that they are and have the right to be free and independent; that they have ceased to have any allegiance to the Crown of Spain; that all political ties between them are and should be completely severed and annulled; and that, like other free and independent States, they enjoy the full power to make War and Peace, conclude commercial treaties, enter into alliances, regulate commerce, and do all other acts and things which an Independent State has a right to do.

We will no longer tolerate the conditions of a colonial reality that is more than 500 years old. This applies to all current discourses and practices, to theories, to debates and to work practice. We will no longer allow our perspective on the field of migration and development to be dictated to us by governmental and non-governmental representatives, by full-time and voluntary actors, by established or newly emerged sponsors.

The Piru Indians used to believe that souls lived on after this life (…). For this purpose they put clothes on their descendants and offered sacrifices. (…) So on the day they died they killed the women they liked and servants and officials so that they would serve them in the next life . (…) The same superstition and inhumanity of killing men and women for the care and service of the deceased in the afterlife has been and is still being used by other barbaric nations.

I am angry with the padres, and all of those of the mission, for living here on my land, for trespassing upon the land of my forefathers and despoiling our tribal domains.

England has a double mission to fulfil in India: one destructive and one renewing – the destruction of the old Asian social order and the laying of the material foundations of a Western social order in Asia. The Arabs, Turks, Tartars, Mughals, who invaded India one by one, were quickly Hinduised (…). The British conquerors were the first to reach a higher level of development and were therefore inaccessible to Hindu civilisation.

Yes, my sin — my greater sin and even my greatest sin is that I nationalised Iran’s oil industry and discarded the system of political and economic exploitation by the world’s greatest empire. This at a cost to myself, my family; and at the risk of losing my life, my honour and my property. With God’s blessing and the will of the people, I fought this savage and dreadful system of international espionage and colonialism.

I will die, but I will return and I will be millions.

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