Stories about History from December, 2009
Beautiful photos and a post about a tour to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana: “We followed a guided tour into the slave dungeons. There were several African-Americans in the group. We were all quiet, reduced to silence by the ghosts and the sadness thick in the musty air.”
“Hopefully, 2010 will bring, finally, an end to this sad, torturous chapter of Cuban history”: Uncommon Sense remembers Cuba's past and expresses his hopes for its future.
Siberian Light writes about Billy Joel, “who stumped up $2.5 million of his own cash, and became the first American rock star to tour the Soviet Union with a fully staged show” in 1987.
Balkanology Blog reports on the recent launch of a direct Sarajevo-Belgrade train, the first one “in almost two decades.” CAFÉ TURCO recalls Serbia's recent history in a post titled “Serbia through the eyes of a train traveller (me).”
BudapestZin writes about the renovation of Faluház/”Village House,” Budapest's largest apartment building: “In 844 apartments, more than 3000 people live in this building. That is approximately the population of an average Hungarian village.”
Concerned about the damage being caused to ancient Inca walls by the construction of a new hotel in Cusco, Peru, Carlos Quiroz of Peruanista writes a detailed post with steps to take action.
“We tend to forget — or, more probably, we don’t know — that Junkanoo in the Bahamas is not unique”: Nicolette Bethel provides “a taste of what happens in Jamaica at Christmas…”
Wadner Pierre blogs about Carnival celebrations in Haiti.
Heated discussions on RuNet in the wake of the 130th anniversary of Joseph Stalin showed how divided people are regarding his role in Russian history.
It is one year since Israel launched its attack on the Gaza Strip. In this post, Gaza's bloggers remember the war.
Bodyguards and Assassins is an action movie released during Christmas in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As a patriotic film, it was originally set to release in October for celebrating the 60th year anniversary of PRC but deferred until the end of 2009. In contrast with the Founding of a...
In honor of the one-year anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in December 2008, a number of activists have planned a targeted "tweet for Gaza" campaign on Twitter. Jillian C. York has more.
Eternal Remont draws attention to some dubious math in Serbia's president's EU membership application speech.
Bahamian Nicolette Bethel delves into the history of Stilton cheese to make a point about culture: “I’m going to argue…that culture does not just happen. Culture changes — like what is happening I write to the indigenous Junkanoo beat (which is being swallowed up by a hip-hop rhythm that is...
Ankaboute Gouya, an Iranian blogger, writes [fa] that Iranian people have high hopes to change regime and it is first time in Muharram, the mourning month, that people make Islamic leaders to cry!
Belarus Digest writes about Vera Rich, a British translator of Belarusian and Ukrainian literature, who died on Dec. 20 at the age of 73.
“What defines Israeli parenting?” asks A Mother in Israel. Readers provide commentary about their impressions and experiences.
Repeating Islands reports that “the Lion House in Chaguanas [Trinidad], the ancestral home of the Capildeo family (maternal relatives of writer V. S. Naipaul)” has been nominated for the upcoming National Trust Heritage Preservation Awards.
Generation Y comments on Raul Castro’s speech in the Cuban National Assembly.
Last Friday morning, the sign ‘Arbeit Macht Frei‘ ('Work Sets You Free') was stolen from the gate of former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz, near Krakow. The theft caused many speculations but also serious reactions from the Polish government, museum authorities, Jewish organisations and the public online.
Jottings from the Granite Studio reviewed the colonial history of Macau and the politics of historical narration by the Chinese Communist Party in the 10-year anniversary of Macau's handover.