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· August, 2021

Stories about History from August, 2021

‘Recovering a Central American Native identity is key to stopping our erasure’

"We must leave behind colonial concepts such as homophobia, classism, possessive acquisition of lands and capitalistic ideals whereby capital is more important than Native livelihoods."

Ukraine: 30 years in pursuit of equality

As the Ukrainian government celebrates 30 years of independence, the reality is that, for many, independence has not brought the prosperity they were promised.

The plight of Afghan women under the new Taliban regime 

With the Taliban taking control of Kabul, women in Afghanistan are faced with the bleak prospect of a return to a society that denies their rights.

Azerbaijani experts debate causes of recent escalation

With violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan spiking, Azerbaijani experts are debating the causes behind the recent escalation, who benefits, and what happens next. 

Japan's ‘Battleship Island’ hides history of wartime forced labor

"Very little of Japan's history of industrialization presented at their new UNESCO Heritage sites is true."

Russia blames Azerbaijan for violating ceasefire

The Russian Ministry of Defence accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh as tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to rise.

An eight-year-old boy is the youngest person ever accused of blasphemy in Pakistan’s history

An eight-year-old Hindu boy has become the youngest person ever to be charged under Pakistan's blasphemy laws after he intentionally urinated in an Islamic religious school library.

After Dutch Literary Prize winner says Suriname ‘needed’ former president Bouterse, organisers cancel her award ceremony

In 2019, Dési Bouterse, who first came to power in a coup, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted for the execution 15 dissidents in 1982.

Supporting witnesses: First step towards ending impunity for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"What is often overlooked is the most important precursor to ending impunity: a secure environment in which survivors can testify, free from intimidation, severe retraumatization, and threats of physical harm."

Dealing with the legacy of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

More than one-third of all individuals brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, set up to prosecute war crimes, "were convicted on charges of sexual violence."

Alleged cutting of Rastafarian girl’s locks by police leaves Jamaicans wondering if they are truly emancipated

Rastafarians have been historically mistreated in Jamaica, and the forcible cutting of the young woman's hair has brought up unresolved issues.

New Zealand government apologizes for dawn raids targeting Pacific communities in the 1970s

"I stand before you as a symbol of the Crown that wronged you nearly 50 years ago."

Small but complex: the unexpected political ramifications of enclaves

Often a source of overlapping spatial and human conflicts, enclaves are a peculiar geographic configuration that put into question sovereignty and identity in several regions of the world.

In Turkey, continuing forest fires are destroying livelihoods

As the extent of the damage comes to light, the ruling Justice and Development Party has faced criticism and public outcry for the country's lack of safety measures and emergency plans.

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