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Beware of Dutch king: Colonial wolf in sheep’s clothing

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Rotterdam   /   Mon, March 2, 2020   /  01:31 pm
Beware of Dutch king: Colonial wolf in sheep’s clothing This file photo taken on September 19, 2017 shows Dutch King Willem-Alexander delivering his 'Speech from the Throne' next to Queen Maxima in the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), during 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague. (AFP/Koen van Weel / ANP )

Colonialism is often considered a legacy that still bothers us but will eventually disappear. Yet, apart from racist, colonial thoughts that are still reproduced in our minds, this is also about current power relations and ongoing profit-seeking. Take Europe’s lawsuit against Indonesia’s nickel export ban. The former colonizers sued Indonesia because they think they are the only ones entitled to exploit Indonesia’s resources, as they did for centuries. Despite signs of weakening, the Western empire has never really collapsed. After World War II, old-style colonialism only transformed into new style neo-colonialism. As a Dutch historian, I am very much against the upcoming state visit of our King Willem-Alexander to Indonesia. The Dutch royal family earned millions, if not billions, from oppressing Indonesians for centuries without ever taking responsibility. This inc...

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