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Putin in Havana, America at the Movies

Sarah Stephens | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Havana this week to build closer ties with Cuba's senior leadership, it begged the question, "Haven't we seen this movie before?"

(R)evolution in Berlin: The David Bowie Epic Exclusively at Martin-Gropius-Bau

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Berlin was rumbling in early 2013 when David Bowie was appearing all over the city in the form of posters for his surprise album The Next Day, his first in a decade.

Prayer Meetings in Leipzig

Martin Marty | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Impelled, he made clear, by Jesus and the gospel of peace, and inspired by other leaders with names like Bonhoeffer, King, and Gandhi, he believed in, preached, and practiced the way of peace. Führer worked with young people who were hungry for freedom and who would pray and march their way toward its realization.

25 Years Later, Ways to Explore The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

EuroCheapo | Posted 06.27.2014 | Travel
EuroCheapo

With the big milestone coming up, we've compiled a list of 10 ways to explore the history of the Wall, its construction, dismantling, and the reunification of Germany.

For the Free World: 25 Years After Tiananmen Square

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Catherine Bauknight

On June 3, 1989 I arrived in Beijing to cover a student-led pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. Less than an hour later, soldiers made their first demand: "Leave the square or we will shoot to kill."

Kerry as Churchill

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

While commentators grow impatient with Kerry's Churchillian warnings about the consequences of failure in the Middle East peace process, the world might sadly witness how right Kerry is.

The Shifting Status Quo

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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...