Germany sued for damages of ‘forgotten genocide’ in Namibia

According to the Guardian: “Germany has been sued for damages in the United States by descendants of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, for what they called a campaign of genocide by German colonial troops in the early 1900s that led to more than 100,000 deaths.”

Detail of Battle Between Herero Warriors and German Colonials, February 1904.
Detail of Battle Between Herero Warriors and German Colonials, February 1904. Photograph: Chris Hellier/Corbis via Getty Images



Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On Saturday, September 24 the museum will be opening to the public.

“After 13 years of hard work and dedication on the part of so many, I am thrilled that we now have this good news to share with the nation and the world,” said Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director.

The museum will open with 11 inaugural exhibitions that will focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. The exhibitions have been designed by museum historians in collaboration with Ralph Appelbaum Associates. These exhibitions will feature some of the more that 34,000 artifacts the museum has collected since the legislation establishing it was signed in 2003. The museum’s collections are designed to illustrate the major periods of African American history. Highlights include: a segregation-era Southern Railway car (c. 1920), Nat Turner’s Bible (c. 1830s), Michael Jackson’s fedora (c. 1992), a slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C. plantation (c. early 1800s), Harriet Tubman’s hymnal (c. 1876) and works of art by Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry O. Tanner.



This booklet was produced by  John Murray Forbes in December 1862 specifically for Union soldiers to read and distribute among African Americans.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture





Around the event, a three-day festival showcasing popular music, literature and dance, some of them  co-hosted by other museums around the country and in Africa, will take place.

More informations about the museum can be found here.

Human trafficking and tea: What’s the connection?

In a series of videos and articles CNN has highlighted the plight of girls growing up on tea plantations in Assam, India, who are targeted by human traffickers.


On CNN Freedom Project website it is reported: “Traffickers approach the girls as placement agents, offering them work in cities such as Delhi. Police say young girls see placement agencies as a way to escape the cycle, lured by promises of good jobs and a steady income. Instead, they too often find themselves sold as domestic labor and denied wages, or forced to work in the sex industry. Police say hundreds of girls in tea districts fall victim to traffickers every year.”

More information on this topic can be found here.

Tagore’s works translated into Chinese

16 million Chinese characters were used to translate from Bengali  Rabindranath Tagore’s works – novels, essays, poems and plays.

The 33 translated volumes were released on May 5 afternoon at a function at the China Radio International (CRI) office in Beijing, where Chinese students sang Tagore’s songs, elderly Chinese professors spoke of his humanism and the translators shared moments of their hard work.

The release was aimed at commemorating Tagore’s 155th birth anniversary on May 7.

Tagore visited China three times in the 1920s and 1930s. But his visits were contentious, with eminent Chinese scholars of the time debating his philosophy and worldview.

More informations can be found here.

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Egypt launches ‘world’s largest digital library’


The EgyEKDptian Government has launched the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) on the 9th of January at Cairo Opera House in parallel with the Youth Day celebrations.

The project is by far the largest online knowledge hub that gives students, researchers and the public access to free education and scientific publications worldwide. The beta version of the website has launched in English and Arabic as part of “Toward an Egyptian community that learns, thinks, and innovates,”  initiative. EKB will contain resources from reputable publishing houses such as Oxford, Cambridge and National Geographics.

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News: Ahead of Women’s Day, Air India operates ‘world’s longest all-women flight’

National carrier Air India said yesterday it flew the “world’s longest” all-women operated and supported flight from the national capital to San Francisco.

The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.air-india-all-women-flight759

“This year for the first time, on the world’s longest non-stop flight, entire flight operations from cockpit crew to cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground-handling… were handled by women,” Air India said in a release.

More information can be found here.