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Stories about History

17 May 2019

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: An interview with survivor Zhou Fengsuo

"It is becoming more and more difficult to demand responsibility for June 4th. Do you still have any hope?"

26 April 2019

Cultural heritage and stray dogs under siege in Baku's Formula 1 rerun

"Every year, we invest in Formula 1 but not in our education system? Why?"

This Argentinian project documents street art from all over Latin America

Born during the 1998-2002 Argentinian economic depression, Arte Callejero began paying attention to visual, artistic responses to the crisis.

23 April 2019

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

Advox

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

17 April 2019

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Advox

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

16 April 2019

New online database catalogues nearly 40,000 photos from Japanese wartime occupation of China

A new online database of nearly 40,000 historical images offers a glimpse of life under the wartime occupation of northeast China by Japan.

15 April 2019

The scent of revolution: The story behind Sudan's legendary perfume label remix

Artist Amado Alfadni transforms Sudan's iconic Bint El Sudan perfume label into a revolutionary message.

11 April 2019

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

Iran faces backlash from its Azeri citizens over Armenia and the Karabakh question

Far more Azeris live in Iran than in Azerbaijan. When Armenia's PM visited Tehran earlier this year, they made their voices heard.

4 April 2019

‘Opposite Dreams: The Politics of Local’: Art raises awareness around social issues in Nepal

For decades Nepal’s history has excluded the stories of marginalized, underprivileged and indigenous peoples. These exhibitions draw attention to problematic social hierarchies and invasive international influences in Nepal.

26 March 2019

These Colombian journalists want you to know that Pablo Escobar was no hero

"This 'hero' forced us to stay indoors, to suspect from everyone, and to react with fire and violence."

23 March 2019

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”

20 March 2019

Keeping it in the family: Kazakhstani president Nazarbayev resigns, but leaves little hope for real reform

Despite the surprise transition, all signs suggest that the new regime will look very much like the old one.

18 March 2019

‘Blood feud’ against Chechen blogger is the culmination of a months-long, unusually frank conversation about a buried past

RuNet Echo

Heated exchanges provide a rare glimpse into painful and conflicted issues that are burning hot in today’s Chechnya, ten years after the official conclusion of the Second Chechen War.

16 March 2019

Biryani Stories: How Dhaka’s Biryani went from being the food of the elites to the dish everyone eats

After a period of Mughal rule in the greater Indian subcontinent, many foods were added to Bengal's culinary culture, including the delicious Biryani of Dhaka.

‘Racism is the shackles holding back our Republic,’ says Brazilian anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

The killing of an unarmed black teen inside of a supermarket was the last reminder of racism in Brazil. Global Voices talked to Moritz Schwarcz to understand this context

9 March 2019

How social media recounted the story of the latest India-Pakistan conflict

Social media plays a prominent role this time around as both government actors and ordinary citizens on both sides of the border report events online minute by minute.

8 March 2019

March 7th: The day Gandhi preached non-violent revolution in Myanmar

“I have no other and no better guidance to offer to you than to commend to your attention the general principle of non-violence, in other words, self-purification.”

23 February 2019

Tension between India and Pakistan mounts after terror attack in Kashmir

"amidst the political upheaval, some are urging the public to remember that when there is violence -- everyone suffers"

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