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Stories about History

Old statues, new maps

"It's not an action that Columbus' local devotees ever imagined enacting: for them, the old map not only rules, but should always rule, no matter how much blood drenches it."

Viktor Tsoi: The undying icon of Soviet dissident rock

Fans of Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi mark his birthday, June 21, remembering his freedom-loving songs that still resonate three decades after his death in 1990.

No medicine, no healing: Sudan’s pharmaceutical crisis

Since 2016, medicine prices in Sudan have risen exponentially. To make matters worse, the government’s central bank lacks the foreign currency necessary to import essential drugs from abroad.

How can Nepal's literary tradition make its mark on the global scene?

Director of Global Literature in Libraries Initiatives shares insights into how Nepali literature can reach wider audiences.

‘Where is the center of the story?': Revisiting the traditional view of Russia's Muslim communities

Global Voices spoke to academic Danielle Ross about her challenging view of the history of Islam and Islamic reform in Russia.

Between Kolkata, Saint-Petersburg and Paris: An interview with novelist Shumona Sinha

"Literature does not pretend it can change the world, but it can unveil the human condition, plant seeds of hope, of dreams of a better world...."

War in Darfur: Wanted by the ICC, militia leader Ali Kushayb surrenders

Ali Kushayb, a renowned war criminal wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity in Darfur, Sudan, finally surrendered himself after years in hiding to the courts on June 9,...

Amid Black Lives Matter protests, fresh calls to remove statuary that hijacks the Caribbean's historical narrative

BLM protests have inspired the denigration and defacement of symbols of black oppression. The Caribbean, with its long history of occupation, has its own symbols of oppression to reconsider.

How Kazakhstan's youth are forging their own national identity

A feud between a lesbian activist and a boxer has galvanised a new generation's interest in pushing at the boundaries of Kazakh national identity

Actually, anti-Blackness has everything to do with Sri Lanka

"As long as colonial legacies continue to govern our sense of identity, politics, and society. . . we will continue to be complicit in anti-Blackness."

The rise of artemisia in Cameroon in the fight against COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Cameroon, many who believe in local herbs have turned to the potent artemisia plant as the government reopens the economy in the country. 

Serbian foreign minister disowns ‘zombie-like’ campaign ad

"The background music for the advert is a punk version of the 1978 iconic song “Računajte na nas” (Count on us)."

‘Born fi dead': The Caribbean looks at the George Floyd protests and sees itself

"This Minneapolis fight was Marcus Garvey’s fight; it was Martin’s fight; it was Malcolm’s fight; it was Marley’s fight. It’s a Caribbean fight and it’s a global fight."

‘To speak of George Floyd, it is necessary to speak of my own failures’

"I think of. . . all the times I've bitten my tongue while my uncles raged on about the grotesquerie of blacks, their laziness, their ineptitude, their savagery."

Hongkongers strive to remember Tiananmen crackdown despite ban on candlelight vigil

The pretext for the ban this year is coronavirus, but an incoming national security law will likely make the three-decade-old vigil illegal.

Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation

In light of Zanzibar’s complex history of racial segregation in the name of public health, social distancing and quarantine measures have been controversial in the fight against COVID-19.

Desecration of three religious sites in Iran signal the Islamic Republic's continued oppression of minorities

"Pressure on religious minorities has also taken the form of persecution of individuals by accusing them of promoting 'propaganda against the Islamic Republic or 'belonging to hostile groups.

Is China's ‘House of Cards’ in the Czech Republic beginning to wobble?

Public scepticism over Chinese influence campaigns and aggressive diplomacy is empowering anti-Beijing politicians.

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

Art series sheds light on the marginalization of indigenous Tharus in Nepal

‘Masinya Dastoor’, an art series of young artist Lavkant Chaudhary, delves into the history of chronological marginalization of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal over the past decades.

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