Published in The New Arab
Colonialism has been going through a painful rebranding.
In recent months, barely a week has passed without a public defence of colonial legacy, from academics to journalists, and even the former UK Commissioner for Racial Equality, Trevor Philips.
Last September, the Third World Quarterly journal published "The case for colonialism" by Professor Bruce Gilley, of Portland State University. In the article, which was later withdrawn, Gilley argues that "Western colonialism was, as a general rule, both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate in most of the places where it was found."