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Stories about History

28 September 2016

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

The Bridge

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

27 September 2016

Uzbekistan's Late President Islam Karimov Leaves an Enduring and Terrifying Legacy

The Bridge

Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.

26 September 2016

What Will Happen to Colombia's Youth in the Aftermath of War?

"I'm a direct victim of war and armed conflict. Yet if I have to give my hand to the murderers, I'm ready to do so because I believe in forgiveness."

22 September 2016

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

10 September 2016

Yugoslav Comic ‘Dikan’ Is Back to Remind Us We're All Descendants of Migrants in Some Way or Another

"Finally, we, the Early Slavs, have inhabited the Internet, too. We bid you a warm welcome and pleasant stay."

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

3 September 2016

After Two Decades, Jamaican Author Finally Unveils Book Dedicated to Marcus Garvey

Why should we still care about civil rights leader Marcus Garvey? Florida-based Jamaican author Geoffrey Philp explains Garvey's relevance, and why black lives have always mattered, through his new novel.

28 August 2016

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Rising Voices

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

25 August 2016

Earthquake Destroys More Than 200 Ancient Temples in Myanmar

The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.

20 August 2016

Defying Web Censors, Chinese ‘Worship’ Toads to Mark a Former State Leader’s 90th Birthday

"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."

14 August 2016

From Harbin to Shenyang, Reminders of Japanese Rule Hang Heavy over Northeast China

"There is a wreath here from the Japanese Consulate in Shenyang, and the Japanese government has officially acknowledged [the Pingdingshan massacre] took place."

11 August 2016

Filmmaker Digs Up the History and Controversy Beneath ‘100 Years of Beauty’ in the Dominican Republic

Inspired by the Cut.com series, Lala Films tells the history of Dominican beauty over the past century. And it doesn't leave out the controversy.

10 August 2016

Makandal Daaga, Leader of Trinidad & Tobago's Black Power Revolution, Remembered As ‘A Man Out for Change’

Netizens discuss the life and legacy of Makandal Daaga, who led the country's 1970 Black Power movement and became actively involved in the political landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

9 August 2016

Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over

“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”

7 August 2016

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

3 August 2016

How the Vietnamese People Reacted to the South China Sea Ruling

"Groups of riders zipped through the streets, each biker with a passenger holding up a sign that read “China get out of Vietnam”.

2 August 2016

Remembering the Yugoslav Anti-War Movement of the Early 1990s

Internet users in the former Yugoslavia have decided to break with political elites' divisive rhetoric, and remember the region's proud, albeit unsuccessful, attempts to stop the wars of the 1990s.

30 July 2016

Pampulha Ensemble, Precursor to Brasilia, Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

The Pampulha Ensemble, as well as Brazil's capital Brasília, were designed by the country's late-great modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.

29 July 2016

Old Photos Bring Back Sweet Memories of Bangladesh's Capital Dhaka

"That's where I grew up and miss my childhood and feel like how good days were those. Those were the golden days of my loving city of Dacca not Dhaka."

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