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Berlin Wall Anniversary

PHOTOS: LIFE Looks Back At A Divided Germany

Posted 10.12.2011 | World

Just as the post-World War II haze started to settle, Germany began erecting the Berlin Wall, a barrier which divided both the city and, ideologically...

PHOTOS: Berlin Wall Photographer Looks Back On Anniversary

Posted 10.12.2011 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Fifty years after his pictures of the Berlin Wall going up were published around the globe, former AP photographer Peter Hillebrecht s...

Dispatch from Berlin: Forgetting Why the Wall Fell

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

We still pursue the illusion that democracy can be imposed from without. That's not how it happened then, and it isn't how it happens now: not in the German Democratic Republic and not in Iraq or Afghanistan either.

Mikhail Gorbachev: 20 Years Later, Europe Must End Latest Divisions And Mistrust

nytimes.com | MIKHAIL GORBACHEV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The year 1989 was a turning point for Europe and for the world, a time when history went into high gear. This acceleration was symbolized by the fall ...

Lech Walesa to Sue Organizers of the 20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall Collapse?

Max Kolonko | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Kolonko

Will Lech Walesa, former head of the Polish Solidarity movement, succumb to pettiness of our times? When we fight not with stones and fists but lawyers and tricks, and suffering always has a monetary value?

The Man Who Did Not Start World War III

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

In 1990, I was the first western journalist ever allowed into the dreaded Lubyanka Prison, the headquarters of KGB, to interview senior KGB officers of the elite First Directorate.

How David Hasselhoff Toppled the Berlin Wall: Music Memories From November, 1989

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

At the end of the day, we were but tourists in the whole charade. Yet one American fit right in: David Hasselhoff.

Obama Cancels Plans To Attend Berlin Wall Anniversary

Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

US President Barack Obama has shelved his plans to attend festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State ...

1989: A Slip of the Tongue on the Night the Berlin Wall Fell

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lapham's Quarterly

"Good evening," he said in perfect English, extending a hand. "I am the man they say brought down the Berlin Wall. But it's not quite true, I'm afraid. And please don't mistake me for a hero."

Berlin Wall PHOTOS: A Look Back At The Fall

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Monday November 9th marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a monumental moment in history which the Economist recently referred to...

The End of History -- 20 Years Later

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gardels

The fall of the Berlin Wall led Francis Fukuyama to famously declare "the end of history." Twenty years on, what does Fukuyama think about where history has gone since?

Why Europe Feels Rejected By Obama

New York Times | JOHN VINOCUR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Why would an American president not come to a celebration marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with it, the triumphant end of the Cold War -- one ...

Berlin Wall Anniversary (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Adam Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall Monday. Here is a look at this historic day in photos. Get HuffPost World On Fac...

Another Divisive Wall

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Queen Rania of Jordan

For me, and for so many other people around the world, the anniversary is bittersweet. As the people of Germany celebrate a wall coming down, the people of Palestine are overwrought by a wall going up.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Between Justice and the Cliché, We Must Choose Justice

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

We are in the process of leisurely confusing two things: cowardice and blindness -- the fact that we didn't want to hear and the fact that nothing was said.

Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary Germany celebrates memory of Berlin Wall falling

AP | MELISSA EDDY and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Ulrich Sauff and his wife stared at the mammoth domino pieces marking the path where the Berlin Wall once stood and reminisced about li...

1989

Ana Menendez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ana Menendez

I was 19 when the Berlin Wall fell. The free world cheered. But not my family.

20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

In the future much of the world's power -- however uncomfortable the word may still sound for Germans -- will emanate from Germany, where it is strongly rooted.

Berlin Wall: Artists Repaint Murals Leading Up To 20th Anniversary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An army of artists has assembled along the Berlin Wall on recent summer mornings, shielded by straw hats and baseball caps. Paintbrushes in one hand, ...

Revealing Secrets

Belinda Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Belinda Cooper

East Germans stormed the Stasi 19 years ago today and began to dismantle the secret police apparatus. As a new administration takes over in the US, we might take to heart the lessons learned about openness.