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Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"It struck me that the period beginning with the First World War and ending with the fall of the Berlin wall was the period to write about. I realized it needed to be three books, each one based on a different war."

Chain Reaction

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Duffy

In the end, many things eventually fade away, both good and bad. When the good fades away, the vacuum is consumed by hate. When the bad fades away, it is consumed by love. I have not given up on love.

The Most Important Trade Show Ever

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung, or International radio exhibition) is Europe's version of CES, and this week's show marks its 90th anniversary.

War, Remembrance, Five Star Accommodations and Great Flea Markets are Hallmarks of Berlin

Bob Richter | Posted 08.28.2014 | Travel
Bob Richter

The movie won Best Picture that year, and the lavish sets designed by the great Cedric Gibbons perfectly depicted a Five Star hotel in all its grandeur.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

The Monday Demonstrations

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

The citizens of Leipzig are very proud of the fact that the East Germany revolution of 1989 began in their city.

Putin in Havana, America at the Movies

Sarah Stephens | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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.