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Stories about History

3 December 2016

Innovative Japanese Mapping Project Returns With Interactive Map of 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack

An innovative online mapping project, which incorporates historical photographs and eyewitness testimony re-colorized by neural networks, brings the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to life.

27 November 2016

In the Hands of the Azerbaijan Government, Beloved Novel Becomes Nation-Branding Infomercial

"Leyla Aliyeva, daughter of President Ilham Aliyev, was the executive producer of the film, which cost a reported $20 million to make."

Exit Castro: The Caribbean Says Goodbye to the Force Behind the Cuban Revolution

"To all the other Caribbean government heads, please take a page from his book. One of the good pages."

17 November 2016

1990s Japan Is Alive Online Thanks to One Man

Lyle Hiroshi Saxon's massive Web presence provides a fascinating glimpse into life in Japan during the 1990s.

16 November 2016

#NotMyPrince Hashtag Uses Prince Harry's Upcoming Caribbean Visit to Resist ‘Colonisation of the Mind’

"Why is it necessary for the Crown to have any symbolic, ceremonial or constitutional role in the 21st century Caribbean?"

5 November 2016

Jamaica Plans to Give a Historical Pardon to National Heroes and Freedom Fighters

Jamaicans applaud draft legislation aimed at expunging the criminal records of freedom fighters and other national heroes, saying the move is long overdue.

3 November 2016

A Japanese Idol Group’s Nazi-Like Costumes Highlight the ‘Fundamental Problem’ of Historical Ignorance

Keyakizaka46's Halloween costumes were regarded as "cute" at first. But some people noticed they looked like Nazi uniforms. Was the apology genuine—or enough?

1 November 2016

A Man's Haunting Tale of Escape After the Vietnam War

Many believe that war-torn countries are inhabited by the spirits of those whose lives were lost. Among those who died were refugees who escaped the country by boat.

29 October 2016

100 Years of Beauty in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Countries that shared a similar existence under the Kremlin's yoke found in their national wardrobes rich sources of self-expression.

28 October 2016

After Rejecting the Peace Agreement, Colombia Seeks a New Path

"Who is going to go to the regions that voted for YES to explain to them what's the route to follow after the NO won in the national referendum?"

Rural Women in Northern India Are Challenging Patriarchy by Removing Their Veils

"If women want to wear veil let them. If they do not want to wear veil let them. It is [as] simple as that."

26 October 2016

Carnival Designer Apologises for Insensitivity to Trinidad's Colonial Trauma, But Was It Enough?

"Our history is complicated and troubling and painful and horrendous.... Asking that those complications be acknowledged is not censorship. It is a cry against continued erasure."

25 October 2016

A Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Band Is Accused of Trivialising the Trauma of Slavery

"He's glamorizing a part of our colonial history where racism and socioeconomic disparity were rampant. And carnival now, with its overpriced parties and parades, continues that tradition."

24 October 2016

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It

RuNet Echo

Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

21 October 2016

In Venezuela, Indigenous Communities’ Struggles With Mining Are Far From Over

"With this decree, illegal mining in the Caura becomes legalized. Now they are definitely going to kill us."

18 October 2016

Meet Eufrasia Vieira, the ‘Next Angelina Jolie’ From Timor-Leste

"Sometimes, I take those compliments as a joke. Angelina is so beautiful and she’s just wow. I’m just ordinary woman living a simple life."

17 October 2016

Why Caribbean History Matters

The Bridge

Because "the legacies of slavery, imperialism, and historical responses to it are...evident in all the “weightier” concepts we associate with modernity: notions of citizenship, individual freedom, collective liberation, and nation."

16 October 2016

A US City Recognizes Its Native American Past, Present, and Future

“History from his perspective is told by victor, and in our case the conqueror...Colonial perspectives of our history do not work for us. They’re wrong.”

15 October 2016

Devastation of Hurricane Matthew Renews Talk of French Reparations to Haiti

As bloggers urge people to "help Haitians, not the disaster capitalists" post-Hurricane Matthew, discussions about the need for France to pay reparations are -- once again -- front and centre.

10 October 2016

Activists, Students, and Survivors Commemorate Thailand’s Forgotten Massacre

"We can never forget – 40 years on, and still no one has been found responsible. They were violent, and unbelieavably cruel."

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