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Young, Gifted and Beautiful in NYC

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

In New York, every day guarantees fresh delight, bemusement and sometimes puzzlement from a fashionable fraternity of youth determined to be cool.

German Jesuit Schools Face 115 Sex Abuse Charges

AP | MELISSA EDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — The number of students who claim they were sexually abused by Jesuit priests at schools across Germany has jumped to 115, a lawyer said...

Foreign Arabic-Language TV: An Exercise in Futility?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're tripping over each other. American, British, French, Russian, Chinese and Turkish satellite TV channels want a piece of the Arab viewers' p...

Netanyahu heads to Berlin for long-awaited joint cabinet session

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BERLIN - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers in his cabinet are expected in Berlin Monday for the annual meeting between the govern...

Foursquare Boasts More Than 100,000 Users

NY Convergence | NY Convergence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Since Foursquare's launch, it has added more than 100 worldwide cities to its roster, recently launching in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid; the New-York ba...

Annie Lennox: Positive About HIV

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Wearing a powerful T-shirt, pop star Annie Lennox accepts the 2009 Woman of Peace Award in Berlin. ...

Today: Salvador mudslides, the Berlin Wall and eco-buses | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Stories compiled by Gizem Yarbil, Connie Kargbo, Channtal Fleischfresser, Christine Kiernan, Ivette Feliciano, and Mohammad al-Kassim, and edited by ...

Nobody Likes Roosevelt Island's Main Street

Curbed | Curbed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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We wind our day down in the Ibiza of the East River, Roosevelt Island, and on its sorrowful and drab Main Street, which blogger Roosevelt Islander ...

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.

Remembering Kristallnacht in Berlin: The Story of Hans Riess

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stefan Sirucek

The reason November 9 -- the day the Berlin Wall fell -- is not a national holiday in Germany, is that it also marks a much darker anniversary: Kristallnacht, the so-called "Night of Broken Glass."

On the Road: Why Do We Want To Travel?

Robert Fuller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

Fear is part of what makes travel so enlivening and revelatory. You're perpetually off-balance and on guard. After a while one yearns for the mindlessness of familiar routines.

Protesters Burn More Than 200 Luxury Cars In Berlin

High Gear Media | High Gear Media | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
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More than 200 cars, mostly luxury models, have been burned in Berlin by protestors supporting leftist organisations in the German capital over...

Books: 20th anniversary of fall of Berlin wall | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Two new books explore the history of the Berlin Wall, Stephen King's new "Under the Dome'' and a handful of books on women poets. ...

Both sides remember the day the Berlin Wall fell down | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For decades, the Berlin Wall stood as the symbol of the Cold War. Built in 1961, it was the line in the sand where western democracy ended and communi...

Wagner descendant slams 'anti-semitic' music at Berlin Wall event

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Richard Wagner's great-grandson, Gottfried Wagner, on Friday protested the choice of music at festivities 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, ...

GOP Purity Test Echoes Berlin in 1933

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

Finally, Republicans have memorialized their flat-earth style of politics by demanding that their candidates stop thinking and swear a purity oath. Regardless of whether it's dumb luck at work here, Obama should be grateful.

1989 Europe's Revolution: The lost city of Bonn

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

John le Carré called Bonn "a small town in Germany" when his Cold War thriller of the same name was published just seven years after the bu...

Berlin Wall Anniversary (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Adam Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall Monday. Here is a look at this historic day in photos. Get HuffPost World On Fac...

When The Berlin Wall Fell: Commentary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I first saw the Berlin Wall in 1971. It was then about 10 years old and was the ugliest human structure I'd ever seen: gray, brutal, pitiless, unyield...

Israeli ministers head to Berlin for special session with German counterparts

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Berlin on Monday for a special joint session of the German and Israeli governments, a symbolic visit highli...

Southern Jersey Acme workers plan strike about health-care benefits | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Acme supermarket cashiers and clerks said they will strike Friday night if negotiators fail to come to an agreement on health-care benefits, a rep...

Berlin Wall: The Impact of the Fall 20 Years Later | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Berlin Wall: The Impact of the Fall 20 Years Later On November, 2, almost twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Marshall Fund of...

Leaders to mark fall of Berlin Wall

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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German capital to celebrate 20th anniversary of collapse that led to reunification....

End of Year, 2009

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

2009 was certainly not a year of triumphs for mankind nor human kindliness. The world economic crisis is neither diagnostically nor therapeutically on the way to a solution.

Biography tracks the rise and fame of David Bowie

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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— "Bowie: A Biography" (Crown, 448 pages, $26.99) by Marc Spitz: David Bowie knows what he's singing about when he performs "Changes." After making a big splash in the early 1970s as Ziggy Stardust, he went on to become the Thin White Duke, an artsy Berlin angst rocker, the "straight" Bowie of "Let's Dance" and more recently the distinguished rock elder who goes to fashion events with his model wife, Iman.

The career full of characters obscures the less fantastic, but very interesting, back story of David Jones, a British teen in the '60s who desperately wanted to make it big. He joins some R&B bands, dabbles in acting and mime, changes his last name to Bowie and records a painful-to-listen-to-now single titled "The Laughing Gnome" that seems to channel Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Nothing in particular sticks until he records the 1969 single "Space Oddity." Bowie later goes all-in with his pioneering glam character Ziggy, the one with the screwed up eyes and snow-white tan. Bowie never looks back, never stops changing.

Spitz, a music journalist, does a decent job of tracking Bowie's evolution through copious research and interviews with dozens of people who knew him.

Spitz clearly gets Bowie, and this is an unapologetic fan-boy biography. He is good at analyzing what Bowie accomplished, why it matters and what was likely influencing him at the time. He has insightful things to say about landmark Bowie songs "Life on Mars?" and "Heroes."