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· February, 2008

Stories about History from February, 2008

Latvia: Kārlis Ulmanis

Marginalia writes about “every Latvian's favorite dictator, Kārlis Ulmanis.”

Russia: 1977 Fire at Hotel Rossiya

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about “the Big Fire” at Hotel Rossiya in Moscow in 1977.

Estonia: National Identity

Itching for Eestimaa marks Estonia's independence day (Feb. 24) by writing about Estonian national identity.

Czech Republic, Slovakia: 60 Years Since Communist Takeover

The Reference Frame writes about the 60th anniversary of the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia.

Slovenia: RIP Janez Drnovšek

Slovenia mourned former president Janez Drnovšek today; Sleeping with Pengovsky and Dr. Filomena paid tribute to the man who “has influenced Yugoslav and Slovenian politics profoundly, giving a stellar performance...

Montenegro: Milo Djukanovic

A Fistful of Euros writes about Milo Djukanovic, prime minister of Montenegro: “By 1991 he was the youngest Prime Minister in Europe. By 1998 he had squeezed out various rivals...

Ukraine: Baba Paraska

Ukrainiana writes about Baba Paraska, “an elderly activist easily recognized as the icon of the Orange Revolution,” and her birthday wishes to president Yushchenko.

Russia, Ukraine: February 23

Scraps of Moscow, Ukrainiana, and Windows to Russia! write about the Defender of the Fatherland Day (formerly known as the Soviet Army Day). Feb. 23 also happens to be president...

Russia: Lev Ponomarev; Solovetskiy Stone

Robert Amsterdam reports on an investigation launched against human rights activist Lev Ponomarev, who has been “accused of committing slander against the Russian Federation, and is currently being prevented from...

Cuba: Reactions to Raul

Cuban bloggers’ responses to news that Raul Castro has been appointed President of Cuba…Babalu Blog: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”; Child of the Revolution: “The appointment...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: The Obama Question

“It's not that Obama threatens to be another MLK. It far worse than that. It's that he threatens to be another JFK”: Jamaican Marlon James asks “the one question about...

Serbia: Anglophone Bloggers on Belgrade Rally, Riots, Kosovo

Below is a selection of the English-language posts about last week's events in Serbia and Kosovo, which appeared on Feb. 21-23.

Angola: Condolences message

“Angola lost today two of its most distinguished defenders of Angolanness: Gentil Ferreira Viana and Joaquim Pinto de Andrade. Two men from different backgrounds but alike in the highest defense...

Cuba: More Reactions to Castro's Retirement

Four days after Fidel Castro announced that he would not accept another term as a president after almost half a century in power, the Cuban blogosphere continues to be abuzz...

Iran: Save Stony Lion in Hamadan

Parviz Imani has published several photos of a 2000 years old (or more) Stony Lion in Hamadan in Iran. The blogger says[Fa] such a monument should be preserved in much...

Serbia: Bloggers Discuss Rally and Rioting in Belgrade

Yesterday, Kosovo is Serbia rally was held in Belgrade. According to unofficial sources, 150,000-200,000 people attended it to protest against unilateral proclamation of independence of Kosovo. The rally went peacefully...

Serbia: Political Unrest, Now and 17 Years Ago

Anegdote watched the rioting in Belgrade from his balcony and wrote about how history seems to be repeating itself: “Many people were injured in Belgrade today, and one person died....

Serbia: “People's Protests”

Hugh Griffiths writes on his B92 blog about the history of the “so-called ‘people’s protests'” in Serbia – “which are in actual fact not organised by the people themselves, but...

Jordan: Wikipedia and Prophet Muhammad

Another storm is brewing in the Arab world regarding the depiction of Prophet Muhammed in drawings after Wikipedia refused the demands of more than 180,000 people who called for the...

Slovenia: The Erased

Sleeping with Pengovsky writes about the plight of Slovenia's “erased” residents.

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