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· January, 2010

Stories about History from January, 2010

Serbia, Russia: Author Awarded for Book on Ratko Mladić

A Slice Of Serbian Politics reports on the award given by the Union of Russian Writers to Ljiljana Bulatović for her book “Report to the General”: “Ljiljana was awarded in...

Belarus: LGBT Issues

BelarusDigest quotes from a chapter on Belarus that was included in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide earlier this year.

Ukraine: Involvement in Afghanistan

Leigh Turner, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, writes about Ukraine's involvement in Afghanistan, now and then.

Serbia: “No” to NATO

Belgraded believes that “Serbia does not need to have a military at all, and therefore does not need to join NATO.”

Russia: Vladimir Vysotsky

St Petersblurb and Leopolis pay tribute to Vladimir Vysotsky, who would have turned 72 on January 25.

Haiti: The Politics of Recovery

The last thing that Haiti needs as it faces the monumental task of recovering from the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and its environs on January 12 is a lack of...

Bangladesh: A Trial Ends After 34 Years – Closure At Last?

Bangladesh authorities executed five ex-army officers for their role in the 1975 assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - the country's independence leader and its first President. Bloggers share their reactions...

Haiti, Poland: “Lost Polish Tribe on Haiti”

“Poland and Haiti – who would have thought…?” Raf Uzar writes about “the most intriguing group of people among Poland’s huge diaspora” – the “Poles of Haiti.”

Hungary, Slovakia: Open Borders, Assimilation, Nationalism

Hungarian Spectrum writes about nationalism, assimilation, open borders, Hungary's minorities and the Hungarian diaspora in the neighboring countries.

Pakistan: In Search Of A Pakistani Identity

In a recent survey three quarters of Pakistani youth viewed themselves as Muslims first, Pakistani second. Raza Rumi talks about the identity crisis of the Pakistani younger generation, which deviates...

Russia: Lyudmila Alexeyeva; “Zhivago's Children”

IZO links to a New York Times’ profile of the 82-year-old Russian dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva (who blogs in Russian at http://lm-alexeeva.livejournal.com/) – and to a review of Vladislav Zubok's Zhivago's...

Australia: An Australia Day of Celebration and Protest

Celebrated on January 26, this year's Australia Day was characterized by an increase of flag-waving patriotism. However, the day was also commemorated with the Great Australian Internet Blackout, where Australians...

India, Pakistan: Rivals Forever

Shakir Lakhani at Chowrangi blog asks “Will Pakistan and India always be rivals?”

Chile: Modern Day Human Rights for the Mapuche

The Museum of Memory in Chile documents human rights abuses during the Pinochet dictatorship. During its inauguration, 2 Mapuche women interrupted President Bachelet's speech, reminding the country that there are...

India: The Dak Harkara

There was a time in Indian subcontinent when the Dak Harkaras (Post runners) ran 8-10 miles in each direction and back to carry letters and news. Maddy looks back at...

Egypt: Portraits of Egyptians

Tabsir.net published (here and here) few portraits of ordinary Egyptians, by the English artist Frederick Goodall (1822-1904), in the mid to late 19th century. Goodall's work is famous for providing...

Chile: Piñera's Victory Raises Questions About Pinochet's Influence

When Sebastián Piñera was elected Chile's next president on January 17, 2010, many bloggers commented on the relationship between the president-elect and deceased dictator Augusto Pinochet because of public support...

Hong Kong: A Post-50s Professional in Support of Today's Post-80s

ITvoices posted a support statement to the young generation (post 80s) who protest against the abuse of public expense in the construction of the world's most expensive rail.

Ukraine: Citizen Media and Political Forecasting

There was no lack of interest in the outcome of the presidential election in Ukraine, and, as a result, the blogosphere was overflowing with political forecasting attempts on the eve...

Caribbean: Ready for another earthquake?

As stories and images of devastation pour out of Haiti, bloggers elsewhere in the Caribbean wonder if the earthquake-prone region is ready for the next major tremor.

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