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· July, 2009

Stories about History from July, 2009

Jamaica: Capturing Pellew

Concerned about plans by private owners to develop Pellew Island, Snailwriter has a plan: “The Tainos ‘owned’ Jamaica until the men in Columbus’s ships took it…I figure I have as...

The Balkans: Mladic Update

Foreign Policy Association's War Crimes blog posts an update on Ratko Mladic.

Trinidad & Tobago: Emancipation Celebrations

“On August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery”: Repeating Islands highlights Emancipation Day...

Belarus, Russia: Bloggers React to Graphic Chechen War Video

On July 3, Belarusian blogger Tatsiana Elavaya posted a provocative video showing the assassination of captive Russian soldiers by Chechen guerrillas during the 1999 war in Chechnya. The video had...

Bermuda, Haiti: Standing Up

“In the 1980s Bermudians participated in the global anti-Apartheid anti-imperialist movement”: Catch a fire thinks “it is time that our new generation continue this tradition and pick up the mantle...

Bermuda, U.K.: Missed Celebrations

Repeating Islands reports that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II “skipped yesterday’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Britain’s oldest colony after a row with the island’s pro-independence leader”,...

Haiti: What Happened to Pierre-Antoine?

“July 28 marks the 94th anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti…August 12th will mark the second anniversary of the disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine”: The Haitian Blogger wonders what has...

Russia: Oleg Yankovsky

Mumin Shakirov of OpenDemocracy.net writes about actor Oleg Yankovsky, who died of cancer in Moscow earlier this year.

Europe: “When East Becomes West”

Raf Uzar is wondering whether “the definition of Western Europe [is] the same now as it was in 1945.”

Russia: Stalin

Sean's Russia Blog writes about “the protest against Stalin haters worldwide,” launched by some of Russia's communists.

Israel: Interesting Talk on Sovereignty

Muse and her husband, from Israel, attended a day at the Knesset and shares her impressions as well as photographs she took in this post. “We attended a very interesting...

Cuba: Light & Shadow

“This was the speech of the ‘shadow’ because light is something the authoritarians cannot tame…Raúl Castro is right: we can no longer see him, because the twilight he represents lacks…any...

Jamaica: Gladys Bustamante Passes On

Repeating Islands acknowledges the passing of 97-year-old Gladys Bustamante, “the widow of Jamaica’s first prime minister and a fierce supporter of women’s and workers’ rights.”

Maldives: Celebrating Independence

Maldives celebrates today 44 years of independence. Mohamed Nasheed opines that there is no need for dress rehearsals of the independence day celebrations, rather the people should be reminded of...

Egypt: “Fifty-seven years after the coup and we still are not able cope”

On the 57th anniversary of their revolution, Egyptians are still evaluating and debating how this historic event that started with the military coup d’etat has changed the their lives, and...

Jamaica: Mento Master Missed

Repeating Islands remembers the life and career of Jamaica's Mento master, Theodore “T” Miller: “Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that draws heavily on musical traditions brought to...

Cambodia, Thailand: ilovethailand website sparks controversy

The recently launched website ilovethailand.org is causing a stir online. Thailand's Prime Minister announced that the website is intended to restore the country's image and unify the nation in light...

China: On Eclipses and Astronomy in Chinese history

Today part of India, China and Japan saw the longest total sola eclipse in 21st Century. In Chinese Astronomy, solar eclipses is related with instability and Granite Studio has an...

Controversial Thai Prime Minister website

Cambodia is asking the Prime Minister of Thailand to close down his website that claims that Cambodia has territories which were actually Thai territories.

Colombia: On Independence Day

Alejandro Ángel celebrates [es] the July 20 holiday and criticizes those Colombians who keep “complaining,” while Miguel Olaya writes [es] about the “re-signification” of this patriotic days during president Uribe's...

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