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· November, 2012

Stories about History from November, 2012

Wiping Out Ethiopia's History for the Sake of Development

Ethiopian netizens react to unconfirmed reports circulating online that iconic statues of Emperor Menelik II and Pope Abule Petros might be destroyed because of the construction of an Addis Ababa...

South China Sea or Austronesian Sea?

Le Minh Khai thinks that “Austronesian Sea” or “Nusantao Sea” are more appropriate names for the South China Sea referring to Austronesian peoples who navigated the territory in the past....

Ten Years after Attempt on Ex-President's Life, Rumors Linger in Turkmenistan

In November 2002, the then Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov survived an assassination attempt that was blamed on Russian-supported opposition. Ten years after the incident, in the country starved of reliable...

Hundreds Rally Against Anti-Semitism in Hungary

On Nov. 27, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Parliament in Budapest (photos) to protest a Hungarian far-right MP's call “for Jews to be registered on lists as...

Impunity Prevails over State of Law in Guinea

Arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, rigged trials and executions are not difficult to find in Guinea's history. The impunity enjoyed by the officials guilty of these crimes is reviewed by...

Is Meles Zenawi's Ghost Haunting Ethiopians?

Although Meles Zenawi, the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, was formally declared dead three months ago after months of speculation about his whereabouts, his ghost shows no sign of loosening its...

Homs: A Revolutionary Syrian City in Ruins

Homs is a Syrian city that is 4,300 years old and is the home of three Syrian presidents. Homsi protesters were among the first Syrians to take streets in thousands...

India: Wither Glass Bangles?

“Bangles are considered auspicious, and at one time, it was considered inauspicious for a woman not to wear bangles,” writes Anuradha Shankar at ‘A Wandering Mind’. She notes that glass...

Spain: Catalan Elections – “We are all Garcia”

This Sunday, voters in Catalonia head to the polls . The electoral campaign, which has honed in on the question of independence, began last week with a polemic video posted...

Time to Change Tajikistan's Flag?

Thousands of flags are flown across Tajikistan today as the Central Asian republic celebrates the Flag Day. Meanwhile, some bloggers suggest that it might be time to change the country's...

Lebanon: France, Oil and Independence Day

Nadine Mazloum puts together a collection of Lebanese Twitter user reactions to Independence Day (Nov 22). She ends her article with a sarcastic comparison of the various occupiers of Lebanon in which France wins the first place. Thus,...

Renaming Villages, Streets in Tajikistan

This is just another attempt to rewrite history and build a myth that since the ancient period, the territory of contemporary Tajikistan has been settled by ethnic Tajiks and there...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Archaeological Finds

St Vincent and the Grenadines is fast becoming an archaeological treasure. And Still I Rise explains.

Mumbai Comes to a Halt After Bal Thackeray's Death

"Mumbai Shut - Fear or Respect?!" Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray (86), founder of the Hindu right-wing Shiv Sena party in India, died today. Mumbai soon came to a halt - shops...

Croatian Senior Generals Acquitted of War Crimes

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia comments on this Friday's UN appeal court's judgment acquitting Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač of war crimes: […] Some people are delighted with...

Lenin in Tajikistan: ‘Better Hitler’ or ‘Real Hero'?

Since independence, Tajikistan's authorities have taken down almost all Soviet-erected statues of Vladimir Lenin across the country. The removal of these monuments is quite controversial in Tajikistan, where some bloggers...

The Trouble With Russian Nationalism

This year, Unity Day lived up to its name, though in a rather unexpected way. In 46 towns and cities across Russia, including Moscow, roughly 30 thousand people took part...

Historic Mausoleum Reopens in Afghanistan

Promoting Indonesia's Batik through Social Media

batikantik writes about the success of #batikday in Indonesia which has become a social media movement promoting Batik as global heritage of humanity. Batik is a traditional textile art and...

Cuba: Time for Constitutional Reform?

Iván García suggests that Cuba needs a constitution that serves the interests of the entire population.

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