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Berlin Wall Anniversary

Fighting for Equal Opportunity in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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.

The Wall

John Feffer | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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.

What Berlin Taught Us About Bringing Walls Down

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

Walls Come Tumbling Down -- or Do They?

William D. Chalmers | Posted 11.10.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Everything old is new again. Walls are back in style.

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

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.

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

Federiga Bindi | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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....

Fall Of The Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago Marked In Germany

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, heralding the end to the Cold War between East ...

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...

The Berlin Wall: Richard Avedon's Rendezvous With History

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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.

Germany Marks 25 Years Since Berlin Wall's Fall

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the night the Berlin Wall fell, a pivotal moment in the collapse of communism and...

'We Are One People' -- My Speech Before the Ruins of the Frauenkirche

Dr. Helmut Kohl | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Dr. Helmut Kohl

Thousands of people were waiting for us at the airport, a sea of black-red-golden flags fluttering in the cold December wind in between an almost forgotten white-green flag of the Saxon State. Once the plane had taxied to a standstill, I climbed down the escalator and saw Hans Modrow, who was awaiting me about 10 meters away from the steps with a blank expression on his face. I then turned around to tell the Minister of the Chancellery Rudolf Seiters: "It's done."

When the Wall Fell

Anya Schmemann | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Anya Schmemann

As the wall fell, so did our notions of the existing world order. My generation had grown up with the Cold War. It had shaped our world view and our understanding of global politics and power. If the wall could fall, anything was possible.

The Happiest Year in Recent German History

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

On the evening of the 9th of November 1989, when the message came in that the Berlin Wall was open, I was sitting in the Chancellery in Bonn, in a meeting on the issue of housing migrants from the German Democratic Republic. The session wasn't continued. Everyone stormed to the nearest television sets.

Why Gorbachev Feels Betrayed By The Post-Cold War West

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, remains a hero in the West. But the West is no long...

25 Years After The Fall Of The Wall, These Photos Merge Past And Present, East And West

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal & Eline Gordts | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

On November 9, 1989, thousands of East Berliners headed to the borders that had separated them from the western part of their city and demanded to be ...

25 Years Later, Another Wall Is Rising Between the West and Russia

Artyom Lukin | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Artyom Lukin

The end of the Cold War, epitomized by the Berlin Wall destruction, quickly came to be seen by the West as its own triumphant victory and the USSR/Russia's unconditional surrender. Hence Russia was to be treated as a second-rank country, a regional power at best, that was expected to obediently follow whatever directions may have come from Washington and Brussels. The problem was the Russians did not share this view of themselves as a defeated nation obliged to accept the victors' terms.

What Does German Unity Mean to the Post-Cold War Generation?

Manfred Wilke | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Manfred Wilke

The Fall of the Wall in 1989 wasn't this generation's emotional joint "German" experience; more probably, the FIFA World Cup 2006 was.

A New Balance of Power in Asia: Japan and U.S.; China and Russia; India and ASEAN

Chen Xiangyang | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Chen Xiangyang

When he initiated the Asia-Pacific rebalance, U.S. President Barack Obama staked all his international strategic capital on that cast of dice. The move, however, only ended up in the birth of more imbalances in the world, which forced the U.S. to scurry between one hotspot after another.

The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Victor Dorff | Posted 11.06.2014 | Travel
Victor Dorff

Twenty-five years ago this week, the unthinkable happened. On November 9, 1989, East Germany opened the gates, allowing its citizens to travel west. On a recent tour of Berlin, I was struck by how often the "unthinkable" suddenly becomes reality,

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin

Paul Herrnson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though Ronald Reagan's call to "tear down this wall" has come to be iconic of his role in the last days of the Cold War, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was widely seen as the leader primarily responsible for the change.

The Other Berlin Wall -- and What It Can Teach Us Today

Robert F. Darden | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Robert F. Darden

Twenty-five years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. Fifty years ago, a small band of freedom fighters in Selma, Alabama, were being attacked on all sides and simply couldn't spare energy to worry about events in Europe... or anywhere else.

WATCH LIVE: A Conversation With Henry Kissinger

Council On Foreign Relations | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Henry A. Kissinger reflects on his role in the Cold War, as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Symposium. ...

Towns Split By East German Wall Reunited Again

AP | KERSTIN SOPKE | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

BOECKWITZ, Germany (AP) — Friedrich-Wilhelm Lenz was only a toddler when the wall went up that split his family's 75-hectare (185-acre) farm in two ...