Stories about History from December, 2013
Mandela: Friend of Timor Leste and Indonesian Batik Fashion Icon
Nelson Mandela played an important role in the independence struggle of Timor Leste; and he is recognized as the most popular endorser of batik, a traditional Indonesian shirt.
The Russian Parliament's Golden Gun
Last Tuesday, two deputies demonstrated that the Russian Duma still has some fight left in it, when they got into a fistfight in the halls of the parliament building.
Chairman Mao Is Greater Than Nelson Mandela, Chinese Leftists Say
"I don't understand why India's Gandhi and South Africa's Mandela receive so much praise. Of course they were great, that's all. But Chairman Mao surpassed them all."
Caribbean: Farewell, Nelson Mandela
The announcement of Nelson Mandela's death has dealt a hard blow. Regional bloggers share their thoughts about the passing of one of the world's most enduring icons of peaceful resistance.
Artist Project Illustrates “Fear and Folly” of Nukes
A map created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto – 橋本公 – shows all the 2,053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998. According to the CTBTO website that hosts the time-lapse video, the artist created it with the goal of showing “the fear and folly of nuclear...
Christian Orthodox Old Believer Community Exhibit Charms Visitors in Lithuania
An exhibit dedicated to Old Believers in Lithuania opened in the public library in Klaipėda with a display of photographs by the cinematographer and photographer Vasiliy Degtyarev.
10 Bangkok Rallies That Almost Toppled the Government
A review of the massive and daring street protests in 2008 and 2010 in Bangkok can help us understand the current political crisis in Thailand.
5 Places in Santiago, Chile to Remember the Pinochet Dictatorship and Say “Never Again”
Blogger Lillie Langtry takes us on a tour of monuments and sites related to the 1973 military coup d'état and its aftermath in Chile's capital, Santiago.
New Museum in Medellín to Create Historic Memory About Colombia's Armed Conflict
The museum, the first in Colombia dedicated solely to the armed conflict, was designed as a space to reconstruct a history shrouded in violence and promote peaceful co-existence, according to [museum director Lucía] Gonzalez. “Remember to not repeat,” she said, is the guiding principle behind the museum. […] “We think...