Editor's note

As the fallout from India’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special constitutional status continues, Kashmiris are still unable to communicate with the outside world. For Goldie Osuri, the revocation of Article 370 is another step in India’s long history of colonising Kashmir. She argues that its right to self-determination must now take centre stage.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump believes he can buy Greenland from Denmark, but that would be impossible. In 2008, 75% of Greenlanders voted to pass the Greenland Self-Government Act, declaring that they are a distinct people within the Danish Realm. Felicity Jensz writes that under the current laws, Greenlanders have the right to self-determination, and any agreement to purchase – no matter who made it – would have to be agreed upon by Greenlanders.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

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Protesters throw stones at Indian paramilitaries during a protest in Srinagar on August 16. Farooq Khan/EPA

Kashmiris are living a long nightmare of Indian colonialism

Goldie Osuri, University of Warwick

The situation in Kashmir shows that colonisation isn't just done by Europeans – India has a long history of it too.

The coast of Greenland is not for sale. Shutterstock

Greenland isn’t Denmark’s to sell: some essential reading for Trump on colonialism

Felicity Jensz, University of Münster

The USA has a long colonial history – as does Denmark. The USA has even tried to buy Greenland before. But this time, Greenland isn't Denmark's to sell.

Politics + Society

Mexican women are angry about rape, murder and government neglect – and they want the world to know

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong; María de la Macarena Iribarne González, University of Wollongong

Women in Mexico are lashing out against rampant sexual violence, police abuse and policies that hurt working mothers.

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Why the Hong Kong protesters feel they have nothing to lose

Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation; Justin Bergman, The Conversation

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has indicated she's open to dialogue. But unless she meets the demonstrators' demands, the protest movement isn't going to end anytime soon.

Environment + Energy

Increasing wildfires threaten to turn Northern Hemisphere’s boreal forests from vital carbon stores into climate heaters

Stefan H Doerr, Swansea University; Chuanyu Gao, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Cristina Santin, Swansea University

Boreal forests store one-third of all terrestrial carbon - but for how long?

Iceland is mourning a dead glacier – how grieving over ecological destruction can help us face the climate crisis

Rupert Read, University of East Anglia

You may associate grief with the loss of loved ones, but it's also a useful way to think about ecological breakdown.

Arts + Culture

What is Haitian Voodoo?

Guilberly Louissaint, University of California, Irvine

Voodoo is often seen as a practice involving magic. In Haiti, Voodoo is a religion born out of the struggle of slaves. And today, it is used as a form of healing and protection.

When does trash talking work?

Karen C.P. McDermott, University of Connecticut

Whether it frustrates or motivates your opponent can depend on the situation.