Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Falklands





This year marks the 30th anniversary of a war that many have since questioned: the battle over the Falkland, or Malvinas, Islands off of Argentina.  Many consider the Falklands to be unjustly won, a holdover of outdated colonial mindsets, and have called for it to be returned to Argentina.  However, the majority of Falklanders have said that they wish to remain British.

It's an unusual situation.  Usually, when one thinks of colonial powers, it is in a negative light (I will acknowledge that most people I have met who don't feel this way have been, funnily enough, British).  But here is a case where the colonized people are happy to remain as they are, rather than "return" to Argentina.  

Now, some of you may have gathered by now that this is not your average travel blog.  I'm not "location-independent," a "digital nomad," and I have never bought a "RTW" ticket.  There is a lot about the world that I won't pretend to know.  But it is important to me that anyone who travels, anyone who thinks of themselves as worldly, spend time on the tough issues surrounding global mobility -- and colonialism is one of the largest issues I can think of that it would be irresponsible not to address.  If you are unfamiliar with the conflict, Al-Jazeera has a helpful overview.

Here are a few more assorted viewpoints:






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