Stories about History from December, 2007
Barbados: Matters of Race
Barbados-born pop star Rihanna's revelation that she was bullied at school for being “white” causes Barbados Free Press and What crazy looks like to blog about “the intersections of race, colour, class and gender in the Caribbean.”
Barbados: Politics and Unions
Notes From The Margin asks: “Should a Union endorse a political party? Should politicians be union representatives?”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Christmas Traditions
MACO Caribbean Living gives us a glimpse into unique Christmas celebrations in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Japan: The battle of HCV victims
Stories about tainted blood products are nothing new in Japan. In the 1980s, patients with hemophilia contracted HIV from tainted blood products, the result negligence on the part of the government and pharmaceutical companies about an earlier FDA decision to withdraw its approval of the products.
Russia: Putin's Year
Vladimir Putin has been in the news a lot lately. If it's not the overwhelmingly overwhelming majority of Russians voting for his party, then it's Time Magazine naming him as its Person of the Year. Below are some initial reactions to today's piece of Putin news from Anglophone Russia bloggers.
Russia: Yegor Gaidar's Book
Streetwise Professor reviews Yegor Gaidar's new book: “I believe that Gaidar is right that down this path lies ruin. I fear, however, that Russia will have to find this out the hard way. So Yegor Gaidar is a prophet without honor in his own country, among his own kin, and...
Russia: 1996 Attack on Red Cross in Chechnya
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the 1996 murder of the International Committee of the Red Cross personnel in Chechnya.
Soviet History: 1963 Race Rally
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about a little-known 1963 rally in Moscow's Red Square, when 500 African students rallied against racial discrimination, following the death of a Ghanian fellow student.
Cuba: Castro Retiring?
Cuban bloggers are abuzz about speculations that Fidel Castro may be about to retire. The Cuban Triangle says: “To my knowledge, this is the first time Fidel has addressed his future role”, while Child of the Revolution says: “Unless the man is truly near death or under strong pressure from...
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dragomir Milosevic Gets 33 Years
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports on the sentencing of Dragomir Milosevic “for the shelling and terrorism campaign (all 5 counts of terror) against Sarajevo and its citizens from August 1994 to late 1995.”
Russia: Andrew Kuchins’ Report
Eternal Remont writes about Andrew C. Kuchins’ “Alternative Futures for Russia to 2017″ report and the Russian media's reaction to it.
Pakistan, Bangladesh: 36 years
All Things Pakistan on Bangladesh turning 36, and the need to bring Pakistanis stranded in camps back to Pakistan.
Bangladesh: On Justice
Voice of Bangladeshi Bloggers on the renewed call for justice in the context of war criminals of 1971, and if it's just a ploy to hide the misdeeds of the current government.
Bangladesh: Documenting genocide
On Victory Day in Bangladesh, Rezwan announces “I have started a project supported by E-Bangladesh which will publish an online archive of all the available information, evidence, eye witness portraying the true story of the genocide committed by the Pakistanis in 1971″.
Slovenia: Urbanc Store Renovations
Jennifer Dorroh writes about renovations at Ljubljana’s Urbanc Store, a 104-year-old art nouveau landmark.
The Balkans: Kosovo War Inevitable?
Slovenian photographer Borut Peterlin does a photo story on a Serbian paramilitary group and leaves Kosovo and southern Serbia with a conviction that “another war in Kosovo is inevitable.”
Slovenia: Miklavz, Božiček, and Dedek Mraz
Adventures in Wheelville writes: “It turns out that instead of just one plump and rosy-cheeked wintertime gift-giver, Slovenia has three jolly old men who come baring gifts during the holidays.”
China: Lust, Caution and Cultural Revolution
Wu Li from my 1510 finds out that those university students who had made appeal to the Cultural Bureau to criticize the movie Lust, Caution! hadn't viewed the movie when they signed the appeal letter. The blogger felt that such attitude reflected the deep social conflict similar to the social...
China: The Warlords’ Political Debate
Josie Liu from China in Transition discusses the political debate around a newly released Hong Kong movie “The Warlords”.
Senegal: Images from Goree Island
Seckasysteme writes about the infamous Goree Island [Fr] in Senegal and its curator, Boubacar Joseph N'Diaye.
China: Forgetting Nanjing Massacre
Yesterday (December 13) was the 70 year memorial of Nanjing Massacre. The Chinese government is trying to downplay the historical issue by stressing that they don't want to stir up hatred. Zoula points out (zh) that we should know more about the details of Nanjing Massacre, even though some of...