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· August, 2008

Stories about History from August, 2008

Russia, Georgia: The Balkan Context

LimbicNutrition Weblog writes about the Russian-Georgian conflict in the context of the earlier events in the Balkans.

Slovakia: Top 10 Castles

The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia posts a list of “the top 10 castles and ruins in Slovakia” (with maps and pictures).

Poland: “Polish Enigma”

MHahn of the Women's International Perspective (WIP) writes on WIP Talk Blog about “the trials and tribulations of life in a transitioning country” – Poland: “It is full of inconsistencies,...

Angola: Going, going, gone!

The historic Kinaxixi Market of Luanda, the Angolan answer to Corbusian modernism in architecture, has been knocked down to make way for a modern shopping centre. Is this a sign...

Iran: Watch an old commercial

Thanks to You Tube we can watch an Iranian pre-revolution commercial.

Eritrea: African Reading Challenge 2008

As part of African Reading Challenge 2008, Scarlet read a book about Eritrea by Michaela Wrong, “I didn't do it for you: How the West betrayed a small African nation.”...

Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago: Reviving the Federation?

Vexed Bermoothes weighs in on the call by Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister for regional territories to move towards economic and political integration: “My advice to Bermuda: stay out of...

Barbados: Obama's Speech

Barbados Underground says that Barack Obama “delivered a high impact speech” at the Democratic National Convention, while Bajan Global Report refers to a story that claims Barbados’ Prime Minister “is…the...

South Korea: Old City Hall

Scribblings of the Metropolitician found it hard to believe that the South Korean government could demolish the old city hall building without much public consultation and debate.

Georgia, Russia, Serbia: The Use (or Abuse) of Some Historical Facts?

Serbian bloggers follow closely the situation in the Caucasus region. Many of them compared and analyzed the Kosovo issue and the newest opportunities in South Ossetia. Some of them were...

Saudi Arabia: The history of salons

Saudiwoman explains how many tailors’ shops turned into beauty salons in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen: The Wooden Windows of Seiyoun

Yemeni Omar Barsawad takes us to the picturesque village of Seiyoun, where beautifully adorned doors and windows were traditionally made out of wood. Barsawad posts a few pictures to illustrate...

Georgia: Pepsikolka's Dispatches From Poti

OpenDemocracy.net posts translations of posts by LJ user pepsikolka (Samira Kuznetsova), a blogger living in Poti, Georgia: here, here, and here. (Earlier GV translations of pepsikolka‘s posts are here and...

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba: Olympic Medals

Caribbean Beat Blog congratulates Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago on their gold and silver medals in the Men's 4 x 100 Relay, while Child of the Revolution thinks that “Fidel...

Bahamas, Guyana: Walcott's Warning

At the opening of the Carifesta Symposia in Guyana, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott warned that regional governments are killing their artists – making Bahamian blogger Nicolette Bethel even more convinced...

Taiwan: Viva la Generalissimo!

Ashinakhan criticizes the come-back of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall with extended history review of Taiwan's difficult road to democracy.

Russia: Rally at Red Square

Photos and video of seven activists holding a rally at Red Square in Moscow on Aug. 24 – “For your and our freedom” – in commemoration of the protest against...

Ukraine: Past and Future of Independence Square

The past and, possibly, the future of Kyiv's Independence Square, in pictures and text (RUS), posted by LJ user raikkonen2007 in the ru_politics LJ community.

Bahrain: Celebrating the Imam Al-Mahdi’s birth

In the middle of the Islamic month of Sha’aban, the month before Ramadan, festivities take place all over Bahrain celebrating the date of Imam Al Mahdi’s birth. The occasion is...

Jordan: Al Aqsa Mosque Picture

Jordan's Jazarah posts a 39-year-old photograph of “Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestine after an Israeli attack that caused a big fire, leading to major damage in the Mosque.”

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