PROJECT EMPIRE

How the English Language Conquered the World

This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » In 1170, Richard De Clare, the English Earl of Pembroke, subdued the Irish city of…

The Criminal Origins of the United States of America

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; Credits: Wikipedia; British Library; British Museum This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » On December 15, 1722, twenty-seven…

The Real Cecil Rhodes

This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » I doubt many of us would feel comfortable putting up a statue with the following…

The Enslaved Prince of Annamaboe

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; New Politic; National Portrait Gallery; Christies This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » The entrance door to the…

Introducing Project Empire

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; New Politic This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » Lives were taken and millions were displaced. Countries were…

Latest Posts

Coronavirus Might Still Have Some Tricks to Pull

The pandemic has enabled us to study the details of how evolution happens — in real time. Scientists have generated more than two million genome sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, allowing us to dissect the minutiae of evolutionary changes to a…

Mary Prince, The Woman Who Struck Back at Empire

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; New Politic This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » “Since I have been here I have often wondered…

Blair Mark II

Three things are clear from Keir Starmer’s conference speech: Corbynism is dead and buried; Blairism is making a comeback; and Keir Starmer’s vision for Britain lies in work, care, equality and security. Labour has returned as a serious force for…

From Boris Johnson, a New Low

Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street Whatever is wrong with Boris Johnson is getting worse. After weeks of turmoil relating to Partygate and Sue Gray’s subsequent investigation, Johnson, once again, stood in the House of Commons and…

A Dark Day for American Democracy Awaits

President Donald J. Trump boards the Presidential Limousine at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, and departs en route to the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) Donald Trump is on a crusade to discredit the…

The Future of Trade Unions is Digital

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar Trade unions have been a powerful force etched into British history. What began as associations of traders (guilds) in medieval Britain later developed into self-organised unions in the 17th century. Such unions eventually gained political recognition…

We Need Climate Action. Now.

Credits: Issy Bailey Earth could exceed 1.5°C of global warming — the “safe” limit for temperature rise outlined in the Paris Agreement — as soon as the early 2030s, according to a landmark report by the world’s most senior climate…

Tony Benn Was a Socialist to the Very End

Tony Benn stood up in the House of Commons, his white hair neatly parted from left to right. On his neck lay a red and black tie, tucked neatly into his three-piece suit. In between his index finger and thumb…