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Celebrating Berlin While Enabling Israel's Apartheid Wall

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall highlights both the inherent thirst for freedom and proclivity to hypocrisy ingrained in the human condition.

John Reid: The enduring implications of the fall of the Berlin Wall

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 1989, was one of history's truly epochal moments. During what became a revolutionary wave sweeping ac...

U.N. Birthday Rocks for Its Peacemakers

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
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Jim Luce

Flashbulbs popping non-stop, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations in New York, entered the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New ...

Debate over swine flu shots in Germany

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BERLIN — A debate over two different swine flu vaccines overshadowed Germany's launch of a public inoculation program against the pandemic on Monday.

Critics warned the vaccinations campaign could be a "million-euro flop" as many people might refuse to participate after learning they would receive a different shot, with possibly more side effects, than one being given to politicians, high-ranking government employees and soldiers.

German authorities ordered 50 million doses of swine flu vaccines, and began inoculating physicians, nurses, rescue workers and the chronically ill this week.

However, most Germans will be getting Pandemrix, a vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline PLC that contains an adjuvant, while Germany's politicians, government employees and troops will get Celvapan, made by Baxter International without an adjuvant.

Adjuvants – or chemical compounds that boost the human body's immune response and stretch the vaccine's active ingredient so more doses can be made – are relatively new in flu vaccines, and there is limited data on how safe they are in certain population groups, such as pregnant women and children. No flu vaccines with adjuvants are licensed in the U.S., though they are commonly used in Europe.

New Reissues Prove Kraftwerk Is the Most Important Band Ever

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

The birthplace of all that's cool and modern in music wasn't Memphis, Liverpool or the South Bronx. It was Dusseldorf, Germany, where Kraftwerk invented the future we are now living.

Books: 'City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism,' the latest on the Berlin airlift and more | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In-depth looks at Dubai, World II history and a memoir. ...

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. ...

Top 3 Travel Spots: Tim Ferriss And Kevin Rose's Picks

Tim Ferriss | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tim Ferriss

In this episode, we discuss our top 3 favorite travel spots. Details include favorite areas, seasons, things to look for and, occasionally, things to look out for...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Music for the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

The awareness of mortality in 1980s nuke-pop was amplified by the inescapably bleak Cold War reality. With the fall of the Wall, much of the threat evaporated. The music, however, lives on.

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. ...

Will Coal Power Plants be the Berlin Wall of the Future?

David Kroodsma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kroodsma

At the Brandenburg gate, which once sat in "no-man's land" between East and West Berlin, I wondered if, 20 years from now, abandoned coal power plants will be nothing more than museums.

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...

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.

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, ...

Lessons For US Economic Policy From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Newsweek | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The abrupt and miserable end of the socialist experiment--it all happened so fast, with East Germany getting absorbed into West Germany on Oct. 3, 199...

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...

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...

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.