The flag of the United Nations
There are more than a few fishy things about this list. First, why is only one of France’s colonies on the list? French Polynesia, Martinique, Réunion, French Guiana, and Corsica are all French possessions that have independence movements (Polynesia’s being the strongest, maybe even a majority). And New Caledonia, though rightly termed a colony, is scheduled to hold a referendum sometime within the next few years. A perfectly smooth and unopposed transition to independence is widely expected. So what is there to discuss about New Caledonia? Likewise, why are Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands on the list, when Puerto Rico’s independence movement is stronger?
The scene in Syria this week as its government was sending a delegation to Ecuador
to chair a discussion of how to end the horrific evil of the British occupation of Bermuda.
The flag of Greenland
Argentines burning Prince William in effigy in Buenos Aires this April
The huddled masses of the Cayman Islands, yearning to breathe free
Darfur. According to the U.N., this isn’t a colony, but the British Virgin Islands are.
My recommendation: scrap this whole Committee, which is a waste of time and money. Let the U.N. concentrate on a broader and more morally and factually consistent basis on ensuring that all peoples and all territories have the right to pursue more self-determination—if they want it, that is—no matter who or where they are.
[You can read more about Western Sahara, Puerto Rico, New Caledonia, and many other separatist and new-nation movements, both famous and obscure, in my new book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas just published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), is available for order now on Amazon. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even if you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this interview for more information on the book.]