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Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

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.

Germany and the Rise of the Left

Markus Ziener | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Markus Ziener

Sometimes local events can tell you quite a lot about national politics. That's why current events in the German state of Thuringia, located in the former East Germany, should get our attention.

America Is Not a 911 Number

András Simonyi | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
András Simonyi

On a recent visit to Europe I was most struck by the latent and open anti-American sentiments that are contaminating the political elites across the continent. This is especially strange in a year when we commemorate the end of the Cold War.

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.

Free Markets 25 Years After the Berlin Wall

Benjamin Powell | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

The former socialist countries in Europe have made a lot of progress towards freeing their markets since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Let's hope we've only seen the beginning of much more to come.

A Souvenir of Terror

John Mauceri | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

I stared at the pieces of the Wall. Twenty-five marks for a small piece of cement with remnants of spray-paint on it. I wanted to celebrate freedom and I wanted to have a little piece of something that had meant so much to me.

The Costs of German Reunification

John Feffer | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

The cost of that economic and political reunification was shouldered almost entirely by West Germans while the benefits flowed mostly to the East Germans. Economist Rudiger Frank has a different view of what happened in those years.

At Hohenschonhausen

Leah Griesmann | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Leah Griesmann

Though Berlin is one of Europe's most diverse and progressive cities, it doesn't take long for a foreign visitor to start to feel like they're partaking in a form of gloom tourism. Should we visit the Stasi Museum or the Holocaust Memorial? The Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue or the Reichstag?

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.

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.

Cuba's Wall Has Not Fallen ... But It Is Not Eternal

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

While Eastern Europe shrugged off the long embrace of the Kremlin, Fidel Castro screamed from the dais, promising in the name of everybody that we would never give up.

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....

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...

25 Years After Berlin, Do We Still Need Walls?

Peter Schurman | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Peter Schurman

The European Union demonstrates a way forward: eliminating militarized borders, and expanding the safety perimeter to include everyone. Yes, everyone -- holding criminals, including dictators and terrorists, accountable to the law.

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.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

My Appeal to Our Leaders and to All of Us: Let Us Think, Propose and Act Together

Mikhail Gorbachev | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Mikhail Gorbachev

Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in the dialogue between major powers is of enormous concern. The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it's already begun.

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...

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Many historians trace the seeds of the momentous events of November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, as being planted back in August 1975 when 35 nations, including the United States, unanimously approved the Helsinki Accords.

'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.

Rocking the Wall -- The Berlin Concert that Changed the World

Erik Kirschbaum | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Erik Kirschbaum

Whether or not you believe that Springsteen's concert really had something to do with the fall of the Wall depends on how much you believe in the power of rock and roll. But I think what is beyond doubt is that the concert is a glorious example of the influence that rock can have on people who are hungry and ready for change.