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Who Caused the End of the Cold War?

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Nye

The end of the Cold War was a greater historical transformation than 9/11, but controversy persists about its causes.

Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary Germany celebrates memory of Berlin Wall falling

AP | MELISSA EDDY and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Ulrich Sauff and his wife stared at the mammoth domino pieces marking the path where the Berlin Wall once stood and reminisced about li...

Another Divisive Wall

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Queen Rania of Jordan

For me, and for so many other people around the world, the anniversary is bittersweet. As the people of Germany celebrate a wall coming down, the people of Palestine are overwrought by a wall going up.

Why Europe Feels Rejected By Obama

New York Times | JOHN VINOCUR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Why would an American president not come to a celebration marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with it, the triumphant end of the Cold War -- one ...

U2 To Play Free Show To Mark Fall Of Berlin Wall

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

BERLIN — Achtung, baby: U2 will play a free concert in Berlin to help the city celebrate 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Music netw...

1989: A Slip of the Tongue on the Night the Berlin Wall Fell

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lapham's Quarterly

"Good evening," he said in perfect English, extending a hand. "I am the man they say brought down the Berlin Wall. But it's not quite true, I'm afraid. And please don't mistake me for a hero."

The Man Who Did Not Start World War III

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

In 1990, I was the first western journalist ever allowed into the dreaded Lubyanka Prison, the headquarters of KGB, to interview senior KGB officers of the elite First Directorate.

The Post-Berlin Aftermath: Many Walls Still Need to Be Brought Down

Jean-Pierre Lehmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jean-Pierre Lehmann

While the Berlin Wall may have been torn down, there remain many walls that are defiantly standing and indeed new ones that have been erected.

Clinton: Berlin Wall Festivities Not Just A Party

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BERLIN — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Europeans and Americans on Sunday to see the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin...

20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Will Another Superpower Meet Its End in Afghanistan?

Loretta Napoleoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Loretta Napoleoni

Remarkably, Afghanistan seems once again to be shaping our future. It is paradoxical that the graveyard of one superpower should become a battlefield for the other.

Lech Walesa to Sue Organizers of the 20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall Collapse?

Max Kolonko | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Kolonko

Will Lech Walesa, former head of the Polish Solidarity movement, succumb to pettiness of our times? When we fight not with stones and fists but lawyers and tricks, and suffering always has a monetary value?

The End of History -- 20 Years Later

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gardels

The fall of the Berlin Wall led Francis Fukuyama to famously declare "the end of history." Twenty years on, what does Fukuyama think about where history has gone since?

"Build, Baby, Build": How Dems Can Counter GOP Lies and Restore Political Debate

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Democrats have to respond to "Gingrich speak" by calling it for what it truly is -- propaganda, lies, and an attempt to deliberately mislead the American people.

Weeping for the Kennedys

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Kennedys knew how to strive for noble causes, step by step. They would make deals, but only to benefit the best causes.

Berlin: One Man's Peaceful Revolution -- an Exhibition Worth Fighting for

Stefanie Michaels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stefanie Michaels

Tom Sello's Peaceful Revolution exhibit -- his life's dream of sharing freedom and his story with his fellow Germans-- has come to fruition.

Relics and Souvenirs, and The Berlin Wall In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A reader sent me a piece of the Berlin Wall. The stone painted with remnants of graffiti suggests to me an impossible collection of what has contributed to the separation of Cubans.

Berlin Wall: Artists Repaint Murals Leading Up To 20th Anniversary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An army of artists has assembled along the Berlin Wall on recent summer mornings, shielded by straw hats and baseball caps. Paintbrushes in one hand, ...

Tackling European Security in Corfu

Dora Bakoyannis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dora Bakoyannis

Today, the renewed commitment from Russia and the U.S. to work on common ground, focusing their relationship on what unites them, creates a momentum we should built on.

The Berlin Wall, Tiananmen Square, or Something Completely Different?

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Milewski

While we can't underestimate the power and resolve of desperate regimes, we also can't resist letting ourselves dream that Tehran can become the next Berlin.

'Comrade Couture' Documentary Revisits Germany's Communist Creativity

Der Spiegel | Caroline Winter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Most think of East Germany as having been drab, gray and boring. But an underground fashion scene did its best to spice things up. A new documentary t...

Berlin Wall Fashion Line Commemorates 20-Year Anniversary Of Fall

Reuters | Jacob Comenetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Daniel Rodan, Berlin's leather fashion designer to the stars, unveiled a new collection of Berlin Wall art-themed clothing on Tuesday as part of the 2...

Unlike Cubans, Berliners Could See and Touch Their Wall, and Physically Tear it Down

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A stage divided by the Berlin Wall on one side -- seeming so much like Cuba today -- a group of people who fight to buy, love and subsist. Through th...

East Germany Photo 'Treasure Trove' A Look Back In Time

Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

They wanted to clean up the basement but found a treasure trove of photos instead. After Berlin teacher Manfred Beier died, his sons stumbled across 6...

U.S. Border Policy: How To Fix What's Broken

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Luce

Funding would be better used to investigate and sanction U.S. employers who habitually hire undocumented migrants. This would not only be cheaper, but more humane.

Obama and the Berlin Wall

Lester Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lester Sloan

Susan turned to me and said, "Obama's election was like the fall of the Berlin Wall." Given that she has three history degrees, including a Ph.D., I felt that she spoke with some authority.