Stories about History from October, 2008
Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Artistic Obama
“I observed the poster designed by Obay, Shepard Fairley about a year ago…but I did not make that much of it. I assumed that it was just a few illustrators optioned to do some work for the candidate. Little did I know that Obama was becoming an inspiration…”: From Trinidad...
Haiti, U.S.A.: Powell's Edorsement
Far from being impressed by Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, The Haitian Blogger says: “In Haiti, Powell was the ‘Head Negro in Charge’ of dismantling Haiti's democracy and installing the Bush administration's goon, Gerard Latortue.”
Jamaica: “Old Boy”
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp is brimming with pride over his alma mater.
Ukraine: Nostalgia for the Soviet Union
The 8th Circle writes about nostalgia for the Soviet Union.
The Balkans: Roma Mass Graves Discovered
Romano Them re-posts a Reuters piece on the discovery of two mass graves containing the bodies of murdered Roma in Bosanski Dubočac, Bosnia & Herzegovina: “The order for the killings was issued by a number of Croatian Army generals, including Ante Prkačin, claims Nijaz Čaušević Medo, a former high ranking...
U.S., Ukraine: Obama and Ukrainian American Voters
Ukrainiana writes about Barack Obama “courting Ukrainian American voters.”
Myanmar: Socio-economic history documents
Myat Thura links to a website which features ancient documents about Myanmar’s socio-economic history.
Kuwait: Sanskrit Manuscript
From Kuwait, Fernas shares with his readers a rare Sanskrit manuscript on palm leaves from the first half of 19th century India – which is part of his personal collection.
Cuba, U.S.A.: More than Politics
“Whatever you might think about Barack Obama or his economic plan, doesn't it diminish the suffering of the Cuban people to transform it into a mere debating point in order to discredit Obama's proposals?” Uncommon Sense says that Cuba deserves better.
Thailand/Cambodia: Conflict over Preah Vihear Temple (Part II)
Who owns the historic Preah Vihear Temple – Cambodia or Thailand? Both countries are asserting ownership rights over the temple which led to a border clash last week. Several soldiers were killed and wounded during the fighting. Both countries have since then agreed to talk. But the problem is far...
Cuba, U.S.A.: Havana & Obama
Havana-based blogger Circles Robinson comments on the US presidential campaign: “Most Cubans made up their minds on who they favor shortly after the Democratic Party primary ended. Not that people are enamored with either of the two major parties, but they at least see a ray of hope for improved...
Jamaica: Being Caribbean
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp puts in his two cents’ worth on what “Caribbean” really means.
Angola: On the sadness and happiness of being a returnee
Angola, 1975. The country had just become independent and the former Portuguese colonizers, as well as their families and many Angolan citizens, had to flee leaving everything they had behind. 30 years later, they blog the tale of being returnees and about the sadness and happiness this change in their fortunes brought them. See a video of the dramatic mass emigration.
Ukraine: Tymoshenko on Snap Election, Now and in 2007
Ukrainiana reports on PM Tymoshenko's religious views – and on her views on snap elections, now and in 2007.
Traditional Lao wedding
Laos Essential Artistry blogs about the traditional Lao wedding rituals and gowns.
Thailand-Cambodia border clash
Cambodia tells Thailand to evacuate its troops from the Preah Vihear temple. Two Cambodian soldiers died during a border clash between the two countries. Twitter user khanvanna writes: “My deep condolences to my two heroic Khmer fighters. Go Khmer go!” Tharum comments: “It's as if it's no longer the war...
Thailand-Cambodia: “We don’t like the war”
Two Cambodian soldiers were killed during a clash between Thai and Cambodian soldiers near the historic Preah Vihear temple. Both countries are claiming the temple. A Cambodian blogger writes: “We don’t like the war because we just pass the civil war for more then 30 years.”
Bahamas, Haiti: Eyes of a Child
Doing Theology from the Caribbean republishes an essay written by a Haitian-Bahamian tenth grader who, after watching The Diary of Anne Frank, notices parallels between the Jews and Haitians.
Hungary: Outing the Informers
Hungarian Spectrum writes about an ongoing debate on whether the communist-era informers should be outed or not.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Kamenica Mass Grave
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports that forensic experts have unearthed the remains of 362 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide from a mass grave in Kamenica: “Victims were hunted down while running through the woods in small groups and shot, or tricked into surrendering and them summarily executed and dumped into...
Jamaica, Haiti: Blogging about Poverty
“One of the remarkable consequences of blogging is that people of like minds can join together to raise the global consciousness about a particular issue”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp uses his blogging powers to draw attention to the poverty in Haiti.