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Democracy receding

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall from 1988 to ’91 spawned liberal democracies worldwide. By 2005, there were democratically-elected governments across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.Totalitarian governments were swept away in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and East Germany; and Argentina, Brazil,…
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December 6, 2020
Berlin Wall

Podcasts of the Week: White Helmets, good science and great bands

The BBC’s Intrigue strand has already produced two superb podcasts, Tunnel 29 (about Berlin Wall escapes) and The Ratline (Nazi hunting), said Miranda Sawyer in The Observer. Now it has brought us Intrigue: Mayday – a “brilliantly produced” ten-parter about James Le Mesurier (pictured), the ex-British Army officer who led…
bubmag
November 20, 2020
Berlin Wall

Today in History for November 9th

Skip to main content HomeCoronavirus Updates2020 Election ResultsElectionsNationWorldPoliticsFactcheckEducationInvestigationsHealthWeatherRace in AmericaImpeachmentJust the FAQsTracking 2020Register to VoteVoter GuideHighlights of this day in history: Germans dance on top of Berlin Wall as communism crumbles in Eastern Europe; Nazis target Jews during 'Kristallnacht'; A massive blackout hits the Northeast; Poet Dylan Thomas and Actor…
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November 9, 2020
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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…
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October 22, 2020
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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
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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