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Stories about History

27 August 2015

China Won't Tolerate Anything but Praise for Its Showy World War II Parade

"...all news and comments related to the military parade must be carefully reviewed before posting to guarantee they are positive and not offensive..."

23 August 2015

Want to See the First Free African Town in the Americas? Go to Mexico

Afro-Mexicans proudly share the story of “El Yanga,” apparently an enslaved prince from the Yang-Bara tribe from Gabon, who helped slaves to be free from the Spanish around 1570.

Afro-Latin American Women Use Social Networks to Commemorate Over a Decade of Struggle

"The situation of women of African descent is a unique one: because of their gender they find themselves even more vulnerable and susceptible to exclusion."

18 August 2015

A Trailblazing Media Outlet Fact-Checked the Peruvian President's National Address

Were the president's claims about his government's investment in education true? False? Misleading? Ojo-Público had the answer in real-time.

11 August 2015

The Welsh “Y Wladfa”: A Rare Instance of Peaceful Foreign Settlement in South America

In 1865, 150 Welsh settlers disembarked from the ship chandler Mimosa in the Argentinian Patagonia, and laid the foundations for the American continent's only instance of peaceful colonisation.

Death of Pinochet's Secret Police Chief Uncovers Chile's Unhealed Wounds

Reactions after the death, in Chile, of the second most feared man of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship show a country still struggling to make peace with its past.

8 August 2015

As the Country Celebrates its Golden Year, Singaporeans Turn Nostalgic on the Internet

"The main objective is to relive memories for the earlier generation and introduce these to the younger ones for a deeper appreciation of the Lion City’s rich history."

7 August 2015

Before and After the Bomb: an Interactive Tour of Nagasaki

The Nagasaki Archive is an interactive web tool based on Google Earth that explores Nagasaki - before and after the atomic bombing of August 9th, 1945.

3 August 2015

Summer is the Season for Fireworks in Japan

In July and August, massive and elaborate fireworks displays are held all over Japan.

2 August 2015

Selfie Empowerment: Russian Communists Want Your Lenin Selfies

RuNet Echo

Young Russian Communists want to make Lenin hip again—so they're proposing a flashmob campaign that involves taking selfies with Lenin statues.

1 August 2015

Will the Victims of Pinochet's Tyranny Finally Get Justice?

"I think this pact of silence breaking apart after so many years is a milestone for our country. It's a before and after in the struggle for human rights."

25 July 2015

Why Britain Owes India for 200 Years of Brutal Colonialism

"Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India. In fact Britain's industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India."

22 July 2015

The Origins of Anti-Haitian Sentiment in the Dominican Republic

Ruling the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, Rafael Trujillo used anti-Haitian ideology to rally Dominicans around his dictatorship.

18 July 2015

On ‘Ex-South Africans’ and White Privilege in Diaspora

One can live an entire life in Israel with a social circle wholly composed of White South Africans. Curiously, many of these transplants identify as “Ex-South African.”

17 July 2015

Explaining the Appeal of the Song ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ Across Africa and Beyond

"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" means "Lord Bless Africa" but its message resonates at a deeper level for many Africans and non-Africans alike.

One Puerto Rican Island's 135-Year History of Struggle and Victory

A short documentary by the monthly newspaper Diálogo commemorates the 40 years since the people of Culebra expelled the US Navy and 135 years since the island municipality was founded.

15 July 2015

Travel Back in Time With These Photos of Early 20th-Century Cambodia

We searched the online library of the French Archives and found rare images of Cambodia in the 1920s and 1930s.

14 July 2015

Bangladesh's Rich Iftar Tradition in 12 Spectacular Photos

The streets in Bangladesh's capital are turning into open buffets for iftar, the sunset meal during the Islamic month of fasting.

27 June 2015

As a US State Deals With Its Confederate Flag, One Town in Brazil Flies It With Pride

After the American Civil War ended in 1865, members of the Confederacy fled to Brazil. Their ancestors still live in the region and continue to fly the Confederate flag.

The Puzzle Surrounding a Father's Day Photo of Jailed Chinese Politician Bo Xilai and His Son

"The father is forever the father, whatever he was, a so-called political figure, now he has been put in prison. The son is forever the son."

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