Stories about History from September, 2006
Turkey is Typing…
As that transition from the lazy days of Summer turn into Fall, a gloomy spell has fallen over the Turkish bloggers this week…and actually, I can agree with them myself. Murat from American Turk writes about the frustration of the day to day mundane of the office: I'm unhappy at...
Serbia: Torture Story Retraction
Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic has found out that a heartbreaking story about “the Sri Lankan-American Buddhist who was tortured by her Serb captors while on an aid mission during the Bosnian war, [was] fictional“: “I regret posting the story when my verification was incomplete. But I also believe that...
Pakistan: Lahore Fort
A history tour at Metroblogging Lahore. “Hathi Pol was built by Shah Jahan in 1632. It was meant to be exclusively used by elephants carrying the royalty. From this splendid gateway begins the renowned picture wall of Lahore Fort.”
South Korea: history of prostitution
Robert Neff writes in detail about the history of prostitution in Korea (Chosun), it is one of the oldest profession.
Serbian Blog Roundup
A house at the Golija Mountain – by Bogdan Cirovic At English section of Serbiancafe discussion board, Toshiba blogs out: Village of Rudno at Golija mountain is at altitude of 1200 meters. You would need four hours from Belgrade to get here by car. Beauties of one region are not...
Kenya/Tanzania: Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania because Mombasa is in Kenya
“Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania: because Mombasa is in Kenya,” reveals MyAfrica.
Ukraine: Babiy Yar Massacre's 65th Anniversary
Stones and flowers were laid at the Babiy Yar Memorial in Kyiv Wednesday, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the 1941 massacre – by Veronica Khokhlova In 1941, at least 33,771 Kyiv Jews were shot by the Nazis on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, in the Babiy Yar ravine of...
China: spoofing Confucius
The new, standardized statue of Confucius was unveiled on September 23 by the China Confucius Institute. Here are some reactions from the blogsphere: Xiong pei-yun points out that the standarization is against Confucius teaching: 孔子教导艺术家，“知之为知之，不知为不知，是知也。”意思是，孔子长什么样，你知道就说知道，不知道就说不知道，搞标准要诚实。显然，这种看似为孔子脸上贴金、附带赠送个关二爷脸谱的做法，不过是冒充知道、以掺假“恶搞”孔子。 Confucius has taught the artists, “you know what you know, and you know what you...
Jordan: The Darkest September
Hareega has posted a little [ar] series on his blog about Black September, a very dark moment in Jordan’s history. It is the most mysterious, ambiguous, misunderstood and taboo part of Jordanian history that everyone avoids talking about, Nas said.
Pakistan: Khyber Pass Railway
The Khyber Pass is the stuff of colonial stories and legend. Light Within on the Khyber Pass Railway. “Construction restarts in 1920 and the section from Jamrud to Landi Kotal, opens on November 3, 1925. Next day on November 4, Mrs. Victor Bailey, wife of the British engineer entrusted with...
Gambia 101, via African Shirts: “After the 1981 coup attempt, the confederation of Senegambia was established with Senegal. The union didn't last too long, but made a lot of sense. Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, a tiny strip of land around the River Gambia less than 50km wide....
Baltics: Pan-Baltic History
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa muses on the so-called “common pan-Baltic history.”
India: On Tipu Sultan
The revision of History as it's taught in schools can have both an academic and political agenda. Indian Muslims on the character of Tipu Sultan and the revision of how he is perceived.
Nigeria: remembering Mrs Ekpo
Black Looks remembers Mrs Margaret Ekpo, “Mrs Ekpo, along with the late Fumilayo Ransome Kuti, was one of Nigeria’s most ardent political activists and campaigners for women’s rights.”
Africa: kings of Africa
Kings of Africa is an online photography exhibition, via A Pattern Tub.
Turkey is Typing…
Ramadan begins this weekend, or Ramazan, if you are Turkish, and I thought that it would be nice to open up this week's article with a link from Binnur's Turkish Cookbook for Ramazan Pide. Let the celebrations begin! The pope's comments have been a hot topic of dicussion in the...
Africa: digital citizen indaba controversy
It is most likely that the organizers of the Digital Citizen Indaba on Blogging in South Africa did not anticipate the controversy that has dominated the African blogosphere for about two weeks now. The controversy, for the most part, has centred around the words, African and indaba. Indaba is a...
Hungary: “Budapest '06 vs. '56”
Amid the continuing protests in Budapest, Pestiside.hu is trying to help foreign reporters covering the situation: “So as a public service to these naive hacks and their even more clueless editors back home, below is a handy guide to the similarities and differences between '56 and '06.”
Russia: “Don't Try This At Home” Recipes
Copydude shares some literary and real-life “Don't Try This At Home” cocktail recipes from Russia.
Ukraine: New Head of Presidential Secretariat
LEvko of Foreign Notes writes about the new head of Victor Yushchenko's Presidential Secretariat, a 43-year-old Victor Baloha, a former mayor of Mukachevo, a man of “decidedly ‘mixed’ [political] background.” .
Notes on Montenegro and Transnistria
In his yesterday's Balkans Blog Roundup, Ljubisa Bojic quoted this passage on Montenegro by a Serbian blogger: […] I know how things operate down there. Its also a privatised state – I wonder how long it will be before the Europeans become intolerant of all those Russian businessmen who own...