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The Shifting Status Quo

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Susan Ann Darley

I'm sure you've noticed that monumental change is taking place throughout the world. Catalytic shifts caused by fires, floods and earthquakes and wars, plus economic stress and political stalemates are interrupting lives that once thrived on simplicity and stability.

Why the West Gets Putin So Wrong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Putin is being consistent with his training in martial arts and the KGB -- he is disciplined, calculating, precise, and seized an opportunity that presented itself in pursuit of his objectives. His thought process is not driven by Western principles, but, rather, realpolitik.

The Largest Human Rights Movement in the East

John Feffer | Posted 03.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

In East-Central Europe prior to 1989, the faces of the human rights movement were the signatories of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, the dissident writers in Hungary, the Solidarity trade union leaders in Poland, the renegade Party members in Romania. Roland Jahn doesn't disagree that these were important human rights movements. He was, after all, a part of them.

Ukraine's Fight Is Europe's Battle

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The confrontation in Kiev is the focus. Less discussed, Putin's Kremlin has sought to block closer economic and political ties between the EU and several other states that it dominated during the Soviet Union.

My Own Piece of the Berlin Wall

James M. Clash | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

On a chilly fall night, my friend and I headed over to the smaller Potsdamer Platz section. It wasn't for drama that we traveled under cover of the dark. There's an unwritten rule that tourists are not to take pieces off the remaining Wall, for obvious reasons.

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

The Top Historic Moments Of The Past 50 Years We'll Never Forget

Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty

As we reflected recently on the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy that took place 50 years ago, we realized yet again how significant ...

Every Country Should Have a Newseum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "new" (to me) Newseum offers an amazing array of displays and information in its airy galleries packed with information on America's history, geography, politics, international relations, and media-related technological advances.

Striking Photos Of 1956 Hungarian Revolution Show Courage In The Face Of Tyranny

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

On this day in 1956, a group of students in Soviet-occupied Hungary took a list of demands they had written out the previous night and met at the stat...

From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to Tahrir Square: The Case for Freedom, Democracy, and Peace

Amb. Alexandros P. Mallias | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Amb. Alexandros P. Mallias

1.From Berlin to Berlin NEVER AGAIN. These were the words used by Winston Churchill in the aftermath of the bloody, cruel and devastating Second Worl...

This Historic Presidential Speech Moment Almost Didn't Happen

The Huffington Post | Maggie Furlong | Posted 09.10.2013 | TV

Discovery Channel's new two-part, four-hour special "The Presidents’ Gatekeepers" (premieres Wed., Sept. 11 and Thurs., Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. ET) takes...

Return of the Cold War

Allan Topol | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Allan Topol

President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.

The Fall of Utopianism

John Feffer | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

For many people, East Germany began as a utopian project built on the ashes of Nazism. It was billed as an ideal worker's state that would bring prosperity to all.

Heading East

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
John Feffer

When the Berlin Wall fell, a tremendous number of people headed for the West, permanently. But not everyone moved from east to west.

WATCH: 'Most Militarized Border Since Berlin Wall'

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.26.2013 | Latino Voices

The first draft of a bipartisan immigration bill under debate in Congress would have poured billions of dollars into increasing border security. An am...

Columbia University Hosts Panel on Climate Change Amid Kafkaesque Presidential Communication Failure

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Dear Mr. President, I voted for you in 2008 and was chosen as one of your Organizing Fellows during the campaign. Alumni love you here at Columbia. We do. But propagating misinformation about climate change is a no-no.

Squat Paradise

John Feffer | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

It was an exhilarating time to be young in November 1989 and living in East Berlin. It was not only the physical Wall that fell on November 9. It was also the many invisible walls that closed off anyone who didn't conform.

Foreign Policy Wishes for Father's Day

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

As a father, I question myself: what am I -- and what are we - -going to do over the next two decades to ensure that our children, when their time has come to lead, have a better world in front of them, just as we have had?

History Under The Hammer

AP | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

PARIS — Pieces of the Iron Curtain's most iconic symbol, the Berlin Wall, are being put up for auction in Paris after being decorated by some of...

Democracy Is Not Enough

John Feffer | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
John Feffer

It has not been easy for the countries of East-Central Europe to establish stable, functioning democracies. Strong-arm leaders -- like Victor Orban in Hungary or, until recently, Vaclav Klaus in the Czech Republic -- have persistent appeal.

'Like Tearing Down An Indian Burial Ground'

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.17.2013 | Entertainment

BERLIN — David Hasselhoff put his name behind a campaign to preserve one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, calling it a "sacred"...

WATCH: David Hasselhoff Wants To Save The Berlin Wall

Posted 03.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

"Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" star David Hasselhoff joined HuffPost Live Friday to talk about joining the effort to preserve a section of the Berlin W...

Berlin Wall Removal Put On Hold

AP | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts

BERLIN -- After facing protests, a real estate developer has put on hold until at least mid-March plans to remove a piece of one of the few remaining ...

Developer Rejects Calls To Stop Removal Of Berlin Wall Art

AP | Posted 03.02.2013 | Arts

BERLIN -- A German property developer has rejected calls to halt work to remove one of the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, despite angry ...

Berlin's Famous Street Art Threatened

Posted 03.01.2013 | Arts

A series of iconic murals painted onto the Berlin Wall are under threat of demolition, according to The Guardian. The area is known as the East Si...