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Stories about History

23 November 2015

Nord-Ost Siege Survivor Remembers Captivity After Paris Attacks

RuNet Echo

With the tragic attacks in Paris earlier this month, many Russians are now remembering how bullets and bombs littered their own capital thirteen years ago.

19 November 2015

Social Media Movements Encourage Indian Women to Wear Their Saree Proudly

From #100SareePact to #SareeNotSorry, Indian women are celebrating the traditional garment online.

17 November 2015

Inside Big Brother: How Russians Created the ‘Red Web’

RuNet Echo

In a special report for RuNet Echo, Darya Luganskaya speaks to Andrei Soldatov about his new book with Irina Borogan about the past, present, and future of Russian Internet censorship.

10 November 2015

Bhutan's Legendary Fourth King Turns 60

"Thank you Your Majesty,.... For being the role model with the hallmark of simplicity For being a far sighted and visionary leader"

9 November 2015

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico

Using easy-to-comprehend, interactive visualizations, Narcodata tells the story of how the cartels were born, who their leaders are, the conflicts among them, their geographic expansion and their known crimes.

5 November 2015

The Remarkable, Forgotten Story of How a Soviet Town Disposed of Its Dead

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo presents translations two popular texts, one by Sergey Parkhomenko, about how a Soviet town reacted to the discovery of a mass grave in 1979.

29 October 2015

Mainstream Media Comes Under Fire for ‘Biased’ Coverage of Shia Religious Event

Every year, millions of Shia mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain bin Ali, killed 1,300 years ago. Netizens hit back on how mainstream media get it wrong.

20 October 2015

On the Eve of Elections, Côte d’Ivoire Tries to Move on From Its Violent Past

On October 25, Côte d'Ivoire is going to hold presidential elections. As the last elections in 2010 ended in a civil war, the current atmosphere in the country is tense.

At 81, a Japanese Woman Tweets to Remember the Terror of War

"On June 5, 1945, when I was in fifth grade, our family went to an air raid shelter after the sirens sounded. Oh no! Our house would be burned down!"

17 October 2015

You May Not Know It—But If You Speak Spanish, You Speak Some Arabic Too

Joy Diaz speaks English and Spanish. When she met her daughter's Arabic-speaking teacher, she realized how many Arabic words she also knows.

16 October 2015

Tanzanians Remember Their Nation's Founding Father With #DearNyerere

"#DearNyerere, in your day, popularity was based on good deeds towards your country, but nowadays it is the number of followers on Instagram and Twitter."

Myanmar ‘Cartoonists Have Been on the Side of the People’

"Many say that cartoonists or journalists should not be biased, but must be neutral. It is wrong. They should have bias. They must. By bias, I don’t mean prejudice."

Latin America and Spain Come Together on Columbus Day to Discuss Past and Present on Twitter

"In 1492 the indigenous peoples were expelled from their lands. In 2015, the same. There is still so much to do."

Did Pelé Stop the Bloodiest Civil War in Nigeria's History for 48 Hours?

Is it true that the Brazilian king of soccer ushered in a 48-hour ceasefire in Nigeria's bloody civil war? One writer did the research and has reason to doubt.

8 October 2015

Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

RuNet Echo

Alexievich is the 14th woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

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."

1 October 2015

Jamaicans Are Unimpressed With the UK's Pish-Posh Attitude on Slavery Reparations

Bob Marley's famous "Redemption Song" called for self-emancipation from mental slavery, but Jamaica is asking for financial reparation from the United Kingdom for its role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Property Tycoon Angers Ideologues by Saying China's Communism Has a Long Way to Go

"We’ve been deceived for years. The Cultural Revolution only let me know the class struggle under a proletarian dictatorship. And that there is no next generation of communism."

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.

21 September 2015

Chilean Musician Victor Jara's Rethinking of Power Lives on Long After His Murder

The singer-songwriter, murdered in the aftermath of Augusto Pinochet's coup, invited listeners to dare to dream of a future in which society wasn't separated into powerful elites and disenfranchised masses.

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