Stories about History from January, 2008
Poland, Scotland: Wojtek the Polish War Hero Bear
The beatroot writes about Wojtek the Polish war hero bear.
Estonia: Fewer Stateless People
Itching for Eestimaa reports that the number of Estonia's stateless persons continues to decrease.
Serbia, Albania: Kosovo Rapper
BBC's Mark Mardell interviews “Kosovo’s premier rapper” Genc Prevlaka.
Pakistan: Lahore in 1947
Lahore Nama gives us a glimpse of the violence in 1947 – when the subcontinent was partitioned.
Albania: President Bamir Topi
A Fistful of Euros writes about Albania's president and some of his policies.
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the Soviet balloon Osoaviakhim-1, which reached the record altitude of 22,000 meters on Jan. 30, 1934, but crashed during the descent.
Trinidad & Tobago: Where's The ‘Mas?
Thebookmann attends Trinidadian artist Ashraph's Carnival exhibition: “The Midnight Robber, the Fancy Sailor, Bats, Red Devils and Fancy Indians, Kings and Queens and to its current transitional state of feathers and beads, all inclusive, in a brown paper bag.”
Brunei: Old Brunei Papers
The Daily Brunei Resources blogger reveals the sources from which he gets ideas for his blog posts.
Serbia: Choosing Between Tadic and Nikolic
Sinisa Boljanovic translates two Serbian bloggers whose views are representative of those who support Boris Tadic and closer relationship between Serbia and the EU, and are opposed to Tomislav Nikolic's nationalist policy.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Against Division
Balkanizer comes up with “an argument against the division of Bosnia-Herzegovina.”
Belarus, Latvia: “Ploshcha”
Marginalia watches Ploshcha (“The Square”), a film about the March 2006 mass protests in Minsk – “and watching it is a good way to mark Ceauşescu's birthday and Suharto's death” – and muses on freedom in Latvia and the lack of it in Belarus.
Serbia: Belgrade's Past
Belgrade 2.0 muses on Belgrade's past and posts some old videos.
D.R. of Congo: tough questions abound
Tough questions abound in the Democratic Republic of Congo as bloggers discuss, among other issues, the recent peace agreement in eastern Congo.
Yemen: Historical Monuments
From Yemen, Omar Barsawad introduces us to two historical monuments from his country.
Russia: Vladimir Vysotsky
Leopolis posts a YouTube video of Vladimir Vysotsky and links to his songs’ translations.
Armenia: Army Day
January 28 is a national holiday in Armenia and marks the foundation of the Armenian Army. Nazarian posts his thanks for the creation of the country's post-independence non-Soviet army.
Bangladesh: Cinema, politics, health, photography and history
Cinema: The Bangladeshi film industry nicknamed Dhallywood used to produce decent films for the Bangladeshi society. But with the competition of superior quality pictures from Hollywood and Bollywood, which conquered Bangladesh market and the people with the help of cheap bootleg VCD/DVDs, Dhallywood was in trouble in the last decade....
Indonesia: Must Read Article on Suharto
Unspun recommends an article “that captures the complexity of Suharto the man who came to lead a nation in waiting”
Vietnam: Cao Dai Temple
Antidote to Burnout takes us to visit the colorful Cao Dai Temple in Southern Vietnam.
Blogrel comments on yesterday's desecration of a stone cross erected in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Welsh city of Cardiff. The blogger says that as the vandalism was a disgrace and marked a new low coming as it did on Holocaust Memorial Day he hopes...
UK: Genocide Memorial Vandalism Update
Blogian posts a photograph of the monument erected in the Welsh city of Cardiff that was vandalized yesterday. The desecration of the Armenian stone cross came on the eve of a special event to mark Holocaust Day as well as to pay respects to the memory of Turkish-Armenian editor and...