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Stories about History

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.

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.

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."

26 June 2015

Muscovites Protest Placement of Giant St. Vladimir Monument

RuNet Echo

In Russia, citizen activism has halted construction, for now, of a gigantic statue honoring 10th century ruler Saint Vladimir atop Moscow's Sparrow Hills.

22 June 2015

It's Been 80 Years Since the Most Important War in South America's 20th Century

Between 1932 and 1935, Bolivia and Paraguay waged the Chaco War, a conflict considered to be the most important war during the 20th century in South America.

19 June 2015

Panama’s Kuna Community Has a Special Place for Its Albinos, the ‘Children of the Moon’

In some countries, albinos are harassed and even murdered, as symbols of bad luck and sorcery. The Gunas, however, treat their albino children with special respect, though they haven't always.

18 June 2015

#Iam76 Honors South African Students Killed During Apartheid-Era Soweto Uprising

"Their crime was: They Dared to bare the lethal bullet This undying testament of the oppressed!"

17 June 2015

Remembering the Kyrgyz Woman Who Adopted 150 Children During the Siege of Leningrad

'Here is an example of a truly human relationship to other people! I hope that she raised her children the way she was herself. As real people!'

15 June 2015

Yemen's Heritage, a Victim of War

Yemen's age old heritage is being pounded into rubble as Saudi-led airstrikes which have killed more than 2,500 people continue. Will the world now take notice?

12 June 2015

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Started 5 Years Ago. South Africa Remembers the Good Times.

On June 11, 2010, South Africa hosted the biggest sporting event in the world. It was the first time it ever happened on the African continent.

10 June 2015

Using a Needle and Thread, Women Sew the Darker Side of Dam Construction in Brazil

The Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil has adopted a needlework technique used during Chile's dictatorship to deal with the abuses women experience around dam construction.

6 June 2015

Want to Change the Future of Climate Change? Pay Attention to the Past

From the movement to end the Vietnam War to abolitionism, US history offers lessons aplenty for climate activists.

31 May 2015

Syrian Antiques on Sale on Facebook

Ancient Syrian antiques, looted from ISIS controlled areas, are being peddled on Facebookand sold on the black market for millions.

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