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When Dominating Cultures Move In And Out

Soren Petersen | Posted 10.26.2016 | Impact
Soren Petersen

Co-written with Klaudia Kovacs American culture is ubiquitous and no matter where one goes in the world, from Copenhagen to Beijing, one will encou...

Donald Trump's Tunnels -- And Why His Wall Would Fail

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Make no mistake: tunnels would be excavated, despite the Trump "sensors" and "technology" and "towers."

The dilemma of disruption

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 08.23.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

By Dominic Baumann When Apple launched the iTunes software 15 years ago, the company knew what its consumers wanted, long before the latter realise...

The Berlin Wall Explained to Children

Gabi Ancarola | Posted 05.25.2016 | Travel
Gabi Ancarola

How do you give words to a bunch of tears on the edge of your eyes? How do you put words to an overwhelming beating inside your chest. As I walked closer to the Wall, just one thought kept me going, "You don't read these feelings on a History book, and that's why you travel."

Walls and Bosnia 24 Years After?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

This is not just about Bosnia but rather the reactionary appeal of nationalism, populism and manifestations of walls, physical and psychological.

Berlinale: The Best and Wurst of It

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.22.2016 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

The Berlinale is widely considered - along with Venice, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto - among the five most important film festivals on earth.

Bringing Down the Walls

Yara Zgheib | Posted 02.14.2016 | World
Yara Zgheib

Twelve thousand years ago, our Neolithic ancestors moved from a nomadic lifestyle to a domestic one. They built the first hearths, farms, and houses. The first societies, villages, communities. And, incidentally, the first walls.

The Latest Threats to Freedom in Hong Kong

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

While the main trend in Berlin after the Wall came down was for all of the city to become influenced by the freer public sphere that existed on the Checkpoint Charlie side, in Hong Kong, the opposite kind of trend, that of a free zone getting more constrained rather than a controlled becoming less controlled.

1989 -- A Swift Look to a Remarkable Year

ADST | Posted 10.23.2016 | World

Among the defining years of the 20th century, 1989 had a lasting impact on the social, political and economic structures of modern diplomacy.

The Berlin Crisis of 1961

ADST | Posted 09.07.2016 | World

This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in 1995 with Kempton B. Jenkins, who was posted to Embassy Moscow during this tense time and recounts Ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn E. Thompson's (aka "Tommy") meetings with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrey Gromyko.

Where in the World Is the Berlin Wall Now?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Dorian de Wind

My small chunks of Wall are not autographed by celebrities, they do not have the original graffiti, yet these pieces of almost indestructible concrete are a treasured and constant reminder of how fragile freedom is.

The 54th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall

ADST | Posted 08.13.2016 | World

The Wall was initially constructed in the middle of Berlin, and expanded over the following months. It entirely cut off West Berlin from the surrounding East Germany, prohibiting East Germans to pass into West Germany.

Donald Trump Is Empowering Despots and Damaging America's Image Abroad

Jorge "Tuto" Quiroga | Posted 07.27.2016 | World

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- It is simple: if Trump can blame U.S. problems on small neighbors like Mexico, ascribing conspiracy plots to their "devious" government and agitate American voters to hate Mexicans, then strongmen like Venezuela's Maduro can more credibly blame the economic catastrophe they have caused in their own countries on "the U.S. empire" and justify a cruel domestic political crackdown.

We're Experiencing the Greatest Reshuffling of Income Since the Industrial Revolution

Branko Milanovic | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Branko Milanovic

The period from the fall of the Berlin Wall to today is characterized by the rebalancing of the relative income positions of Asia and the West and the emergence of the "global middle class."

The American Military Uncontained

William J. Astore | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

America's famed "containment policy" vis-à-vis the Soviet Union didn't just contain that superpower -- it contained us, too. With the Soviet Union gone, the U.S. military was freed from containment. There was nowhere it couldn't go and nothing it couldn't do -- or so the top officials of the Bush administration came into power thinking, even before 9/11.

Where Are Today's "Best and Brightest"?

Charles Kolb | Posted 06.27.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 05.28.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc


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.