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Stories about History

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? “You First.”

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

28 September 2015

Spartathlon, Where the Noble Spirit of Athleticism Humbly Prevails

Once a year, long-distance athletes from all over the world run 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta, participating in what is considered the world's "most grueling race"—the Spartathlon.

13 September 2015

Remembering the Great Fire of Smyrna, 93 Years Ago

The Smyrna Catastrophe is widely considered the worst incident of modern Greek history, and the plight of the refugees halted the Greco-Turkish relations for many decades.

12 September 2015

Multi-Billion Construction Work Kills 107 Pilgrims in Mecca Just Weeks Before Hajj

A construction crane collapse that took the lives of over a hundred Mecca pilgrims right before the Hajj is raising questions about the grand expansion plans for the Mosque.

11 September 2015

Indonesian Activists Remember Slain Human Rights Defender Munir Said Thalib

September marks 11 years since Munir Said Thalib, a human rights activist who exposed government abuses during the last years of President Suharto, was killed by suspected military agents.

9 September 2015

Film The Fog of Srebrenica Shows Us The People Who Survived One of Europe's Worst Massacres

A new film focusing on survivors of the Srebrenica genocide premiered at the 21s Sarajevo Film Festival on August 17. Alessandra Goio and Marta Vidal report.

8 September 2015

Young Stalinist Defaces New Monument to ‘Traitor’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

RuNet Echo

A young Stalinist living in Vladivostok has defaced a new statue of Nobel-prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, hanging a sign reading “JUDAS” around Solzhenitsyn’s neck.

4 September 2015

The Mesoamerican Abacus That Gives Modern Calculators a Run for Their Money

Nepohualtzintzin, an abacus that was used in some Mesoamerican cultures, is still used nowadays to solve math problems as accurately as a calculator.

2 September 2015

Will a Visit From Taiwan's Former Vice President Lend Weight to China's Revisionist WWII History?

Lien Chan will attend a military parade in China commemorating victory over the Japanese, even though the mainland is downplaying his own party's central role in World War II.

31 August 2015

Chairman Mao Wasn't at WWII's Cairo Conference. So Why Is He on the Movie Poster?

Some believe President Xi Jinping is using 'The Cairo Declaration' film and a September 3 military parade to rewrite the Chinese Communist Party's involvement in fending off the Japanese.

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

Instagram Photos Offer a Peek Into Nagasaki's Unique Send-Off for the Dead

Isolated Nagasaki, in western Japan, has a unique approach to Obon, the festival of the dead observed in Japan each year in mid-August.

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.

10 August 2015

On the Seventieth Anniversary of the Bombing, Japan Remembers Nagasaki

Long overshadowed by Hiroshima, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki highlights Japan's memory of the war.

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.

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