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Where Are Today's "Best and Brightest"?

Charles Kolb | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Obama may have disliked some of Churchill's activities earlier in his career, but there can be little question that during the West's darkest hour in several centuries, it was Winston Churchill who saved civilization. We face similar challenges today.

The Pankow Peace Group

John Feffer | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

Organized in the Pankow neighborhood of East Berlin in 1981, the Pankow Peace Group not only took bold positions on nuclear issues but interpreted peace more broadly to include pedagogy, economic development, and environmentalism.

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

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An Important Piece Of History Is Sitting In David Hasselhoff's Closet

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.23.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Pieces of the Berlin Wall are on display in museum galleries around the world, and there is also a small stock of remnants in quite an unlikely locati...

The Collapse of Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Europe won the Cold War. Not long after the Berlin Wall fell a quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union collapsed, the U.S. squandered its peace dividend in an attempt to maintain global dominance, and Europe quietly became more prosperous.

NATO's Future Rises to Focus of U.S. Presidential Election 2016?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

Fighting for Equal Opportunity in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

Marina Grasse is a biologist who was involved in the independent peace movement in East Germany in the 1980s. I met her in 1990 (when she was Marina Beyer) to talk about the Pankow Peace Circle and how it was adapting to the new circumstances in a democratic East Germany.

Germany and the Rise of the Left

Markus Ziener | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Markus Ziener

Sometimes local events can tell you quite a lot about national politics. That's why current events in the German state of Thuringia, located in the former East Germany, should get our attention.

America Is Not a 911 Number

András Simonyi | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
András Simonyi

On a recent visit to Europe I was most struck by the latent and open anti-American sentiments that are contaminating the political elites across the continent. This is especially strange in a year when we commemorate the end of the Cold War.

The Wall

John Feffer | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

For most Americans, the fall of the Berlin Wall remains the iconic image of the changes that took place in East-Central Europe 25 years ago. Just look at how the U.S. media has been covering the anniversary of 1989.

Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall

Benjamin Powell | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Benjamin Powell

The former socialist countries in Europe have made a lot of progress towards freeing their markets since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Let's hope we've only seen the beginning of much more to come.

A Souvenir of Terror

John Mauceri | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
John Mauceri

I stared at the pieces of the Wall. Twenty-five marks for a small piece of cement with remnants of spray-paint on it. I wanted to celebrate freedom and I wanted to have a little piece of something that had meant so much to me.

The Costs of German Reunification

John Feffer | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

The cost of that economic and political reunification was shouldered almost entirely by West Germans while the benefits flowed mostly to the East Germans. Economist Rudiger Frank has a different view of what happened in those years.

At Hohenschonhausen

Leah Griesmann | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Leah Griesmann

Though Berlin is one of Europe's most diverse and progressive cities, it doesn't take long for a foreign visitor to start to feel like they're partaking in a form of gloom tourism. Should we visit the Stasi Museum or the Holocaust Memorial? The Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue or the Reichstag?

What Berlin Taught Us About Bringing Walls Down

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

In the current issues the U.S. is facing, walls of injustice and fear have been erected. Those who are free, and those who know they need to be free, stand at these walls that we are convinced must come down.

Berlin Wall: Haunting Photos From the Birth of a Brutal Divide

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Ben Cosgrove

In its Sept. 8, 1961 issue, LIFE magazine wrote that the newly constructed Berlin Wall, "up to 20 feet high and tipped with cruel glass splinters, is ...

What the Fall of the Berlin Wall Can Teach Us Today

William Inboden | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William Inboden

At the outset of 1989 it appeared that the Berlin Wall was a permanent fixture and the Cold War would continue indefinitely. Less than a year later, the Wall was in pieces and Eastern Europe was free.

Cuba's Wall Has Not Fallen ... But It Is Not Eternal

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

While Eastern Europe shrugged off the long embrace of the Kremlin, Fidel Castro screamed from the dais, promising in the name of everybody that we would never give up.

To Build or to Destroy: The Berlin Wall and the Future of Europe

Federiga Bindi | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Federiga Bindi

On November 9, 1989, I was an exchange student in Sc.Po., Paris. Packed with 2000 fellow students in the Institute's amphitheater, we were listening to a conference about unrest in Eastern Europe.

It's Been 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall. These 16 Photos Tell The Story.

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cold War barrier that divided East and West Berlin for nearly three decades....

25 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, These Barriers Are Still Standing

The Huffington Post | Gloria Rodríguez-Pina, Dohoon Kim, Roque Planas, Jack Sommers, Kosuke Takahashi | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

On this day in 1989, residents of Berlin gathered on opposite sides of the concrete barrier that had divided them for nearly three decades and started...

25 Years After Berlin, Do We Still Need Walls?

Peter Schurman | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Peter Schurman

The European Union demonstrates a way forward: eliminating militarized borders, and expanding the safety perimeter to include everyone. Yes, everyone -- holding criminals, including dictators and terrorists, accountable to the law.

The Berlin Wall: Richard Avedon's Rendezvous With History

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
Michael Radou Moussou

World-renowned photographer Richard Avedon's visual account of the fall of the Berlin wall is not only considered as the high point of his career but also as one of the strongest photo-journalistic moments of all time.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.