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What the Berlin Wall Means to a New Generation

Its fall once represented the enduring spirit of American freedom. A new documentary shows how that myth is being undone. In 1990, the oil baron and philanthropist Robert Hefner III sent a representative to Germany to purchase a section of the recently dismantled Berlin Wall. The portion he eventually acquired…
bubmag
October 22, 2020
Berlin Wall

History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers’ eyes

BERLIN (AP) — As John F. Kennedy peered over the Berlin Wall into communist East Germany in 1963, red curtains blocked the U.S. president’s view through the Brandenburg Gate and a banner perched in front of it accused the United States of breaking an international agreement “to prevent the rebirth…
bubmag
October 3, 2020
Berlin Wall

History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers’ eyes

BERLIN (AP) — As John F. Kennedy peered over the Berlin Wall into communist East Germany in 1963, red curtains blocked the U.S. president’s view through the Brandenburg Gate and a banner perched in front of it accused the United States of breaking an international agreement “to prevent the rebirth…
bubmag
October 3, 2020
Berlin Wall

The Inevitability of Defending Henry Kissinger

Barry Gewen introduces his study of Henry Kissinger,  The Inevitability of Tragedy, with an anecdote that may be more telling than he intended. “A couple of years ago, I was having dinner with a friend,” he recounts, “when he leaned across the table and whispered to me, ‘Barry, Henry Kissinger is  evil.’” Throughout this book, Gewen defends Kissinger’s record…
bubmag
August 13, 2020
Berlin Wall

Relief, even mild rejoicing, as Canberra’s food courts reopen

coronavirus, canberra coronavirus restrictions, canberra foodcourt open, act coronavirus restrictions, canberra covid-19 restrictionsNo more balancing a burger and chips on your knees for lunch. Forget about wrestling with a kebab as you walk. The days of juggling sushi and hot pho on a cold park bench are over. Food courts…
bubmag
August 10, 2020
Berlin Wall

Brent Scowcroft obituary

Despite his long and influential career in the conduct of the US’s international affairs, Brent Scowcroft, who has died aged 95, attracted little personal attention to himself. This low profile was surprising enough in 1975 when, as national security adviser in the Gerald Ford administration, he organised the US’s evacuation…
bubmag
August 9, 2020