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Stories about History

24 January 2017

The First Non-US Animated Short to Win an Oscar Was Made by a Director from Croatia

With Academy Award nominations around the corner, learn about the director from Croatia who won the Oscar in 1961 for Best Animated Short Film.

23 January 2017

American Traveler Unearths Decades-Old Photos of Hiroshima and Japan From the 1970s

Japan in the 1970s. Central Hiroshima was still a slum, but the country was undergoing an economic miracle. American Larry Rosensweig was there to witness it. And he took pics.

9 January 2017

Remembering David Bowie's Birthday and His ‘Mythical Walk’ Through Warsaw

Culture.pl, an online magazine devoted to promoting Polish culture, marked David Bowie's birthday by recalling his visit to Warsaw.

8 January 2017

Introducing ‘Vovinam’, a Vietnamese Martial Art Steeped in Political History

Vovinam, a response to French occupation of Vietnam, is an explosive hybrid of older practices found across the southeast Asian country.

7 January 2017

Remembering Iran's Gholamreza Takhti, the Much-Loved Sportsman Who Wrestled with the Shah

Takhti’s opposition to the regime would also be his own undoing. On January 7, 1968, his lifeless body was found in a hotel room.

‘Europa’, a Guidebook to Help Migrants and Refugees Understand Europe

"Europa: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees" tries to explain the continent's history and politics through the lens of conflict and migration.

5 January 2017

A Japanese Researcher Tweets Vintage Photos Colorized Using Neural Networks

Anyone can use this interesting web-based tool to add color to black-and-white images.

29 December 2016

This Was Also the Year of Citizen Heroes in Latin America

Global Voices reviews the Latin American stories in 2016 that taught us about fighting back.

Japanese Prime Minister Observes Pearl Harbor Anniversary

When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo didn't really mention the war when he visited Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack against the United States.

28 December 2016

Vietnamese Mother Goddesses Religion Receives UN Recognition

"The worshipping of the Mother Goddesses also contributes to the appreciation of women and their roles in society.”

27 December 2016

Syria's War May be the Most Documented Ever—And Yet We Know So Little.

The Bridge

With the end of the devastating siege of eastern Aleppo, the world watches, parses and argues over the meaning of the media messages being shared by those remaining within it.

26 December 2016

Ex-Yugoslavs Mourn Vesna Vulović, Flight Attendant Who Survived Highest Ever Fall Without a Parachute

"Vesna Vulović survived a fall from 10,000 meters, but could not survive the year of 2016. :("

22 December 2016

Activists Around the World Could Learn From Peru's History of Protest

Look to civil society's innovations in 1990s Peru, and activists around the world today could learn some vital lessons in resisting autocracy.

16 December 2016

2016 Was the Caribbean's Year of Loss

For bloggers in the Caribbean, “2016” has nearly become an obscenity. Adjectives now used to describe this "annus horribilis" include "sucky", "terrible" and "the worst".

13 December 2016

Russian Intellectuals Make Bolshevik Revolution a Virtual Reality, Repeating 100-Year-Old Mistakes

RuNet Echo

At a time when Russia favors smooth historical narratives, it's difficult to say how the Kremlin will apply a narratological suture over one of the most fractious moments in history.

12 December 2016

Possible Agreement on the Cyprus Issue Postponed Until 2017

Cyprus has been split in two since Turkish forces invaded the northern part of the island in 1974. Current negotiations are described as the “last chance” for a successful resolution.

8 December 2016

Activist Arrested on Royal Insult Charges for Sharing BBC Article About Thailand's New King

Global Voices Advocacy

Almost 2,500 Facebook users shared the post, but the police singled out an activist calling for the restoration of democracy in Thailand.

The Bengali New Year’s Celebration of Democracy and Diversity Is Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage

"As long as Bangladesh lives, there will be this type of New Year's celebration...This is the image of a secular Bangladesh.

5 December 2016

A Decades-Long ‘Conversation’ Between Yugoslav and Polish Rockers

Rock music available online shows how a peculiar bridge, bringing the people of former Yugoslavia and Poland closer together, developed over the last four decades.

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