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Stories about History

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."

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”.

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."

23 July 2016

Amazingly Restored 3D Stereographic Images of Japan

One Flickr user has tracked down and painstakingly restored prints by master Japanese photographer, T. Enami.

Amidst Soaring Road Fatalities, a Tragic Accident Spawns Strange Jamaican Tales

A tragic accident on a dangerous but historically significant bridge leads Jamaicans to discuss road safety options -- with a few ghost stories thrown in for good measure.

20 July 2016

A Golden Age for Cow Urine in India

"We boycott the cow slaughter industry for a year. The saved $ purchases cows. We separate the gold from the cow urine. Hapi economics."

17 July 2016

Rappers Put Patriotism on Full Display in Tajikistan

Over two years ago, authorities stopped a nascent and subversive hip-hop movement in its tracks. That move has had predictable consequences.

16 July 2016

Recently Discovered Rock Paintings May Change Machu Picchu's History as We Know It

Machu Picchu returns to the headlines with the discovery of rock paintings about 100 yards away from the very well-known tourist destination.

15 July 2016

You Know You're a Child of the 1970s and 80s in Japan When…

"You had to open the car window like this," one Japanese Twitter user exclaimed, tweeting a photo of a manual window crank.

14 July 2016

The Fascinating World of Cold War-Era Hungarian Cartoons

Learn about some of the animated cartoons to come out of Hungary, from the darkly satirical "Gustav" to the family-friendly "Hungarian Folk Tales."

8 July 2016

A Quarter of a Century Ago, the USSR Went Nuts for Its First McDonald’s. Now That Joy Belongs to Siberia.

RuNet Echo

While the world's biggest fast-food chain might no longer thrill the denizens of modern-day Moscow, McDonald's is still breaking new ground elsewhere in Russia.

6 July 2016

The Radio Soap Opera That Revived a Genre and Put the Ecuadorian Lesbian Community on the Map

“Mariana Is So Lesbian” accomplishes several objectives: reviving a genre, advocating for lesbians' rights, and exploring the experiences of those who lived in Ecuador when homosexuality was still a crime.

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