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Obama in Asia: West Looks East After "The End of History"

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kishore Mahbubani

The loss of the West's moral authority is the exact opposite outcome that Western minds expected when they celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Cold War's End -- The Wall Comes Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The fall of The Wall signified the fall of the Soviet Union, and an end to the Cold War. And while this was of enormous historical import, I fear that future generations won't really pay much attention to it.

Dispatch from Berlin: Forgetting Why the Wall Fell

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

We still pursue the illusion that democracy can be imposed from without. That's not how it happened then, and it isn't how it happens now: not in the German Democratic Republic and not in Iraq or Afghanistan either.

People Power Brought Down the Berlin Wall

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Some argue that the Cold War was just too costly for the Soviet empire to maintain. But the wall couldn't have come down without a nonviolent people power uprising.

How David Hasselhoff Toppled the Berlin Wall: Music Memories From November, 1989

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

At the end of the day, we were but tourists in the whole charade. Yet one American fit right in: David Hasselhoff.

The Pope, The Arts, A Nation in Crisis

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

We as a nation have not been upholding ample support for the arts, despite the deep spiritual healing that it can bring -- its joys, its shared experience, its sense of what and who we are.

1989

Ana Menendez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ana Menendez

I was 19 when the Berlin Wall fell. The free world cheered. But not my family.

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.

The 10% Solution

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

If each country can reduce defense spending by 10% each year, with the resultant savings being applied to renewable energy and climate change, that would be a nice start.

Pennsylvania Avenue: Take 2

Mary Lou Song | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mary Lou Song

I almost had to remind myself to breathe inside the Newseum. There was Patty Hearst's gun and jacket. Donald Brasco's watch and Amex Card. A press pass to Timothy McVeigh's execution.

Revealing Secrets

Belinda Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Belinda Cooper

East Germans stormed the Stasi 19 years ago today and began to dismantle the secret police apparatus. As a new administration takes over in the US, we might take to heart the lessons learned about openness.

Yesterday's Events and Conversation Pieces

Carol Hoenig | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Hoenig

Apparently, there are certain magazines and newspapers with Barack Obama's image after having won the election that are collector's items. I'm pleased...

Does a New Start Have a Chance?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Obama was right to mention the Berlin Wall multiple times his speech because the Wall was not pushed over by force, unless you mean the force of consciousness. Can the same magic strike again?

All the World's a Photo Op

Kiku Adatto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kiku Adatto

When anyone with a cell phone is a potential member of the paparazzi, and anyone with a laptop a potential blogger, the contest for the control of images has never been more intense.