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30 Years Of Angela Merkel Portraits By Photographer Herlinde Koelbl

Now published as a book, Herlinde Koelbl's series of portraits follow Merkel's transformation from an obscure politician into Germany's first female chancellor. Her hairstyle is short and unfussy; she's wearing a simple, comfortable-looking cardigan over a turtleneck. As she stares straight into the camera for her first portraits with Herlinde…
bubmag
November 12, 2021
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The Man Who Seduced the World with Whale Songs

It’s been more than 50 years since biologist Roger Payne brought whale song into the lives of millions via the popular album, Songs of the Humpback Whale. At the time, commercial whaling had decimated global whale populations, and Payne’s record helped spark the anti-whaling movement, the haunting songs of the…
bubmag
September 8, 2021
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Pope defends deal with China, says dialogue necessary

VATICAN CITY, Sept 1 - Pope Francis has defended the Vatican deal with China's communist government on the appointment of Catholic bishops, saying an uneasy dialogue is better than no dialogue at all. In an interview with Spanish radio network COPE broadcast on Wednesday, Francis compared the Vatican's dialogue with…
bubmag
September 1, 2021
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The future of meetings

A LOBBY CAN shape the first impressions of a business. Guests at the building housing the New York headquarters of Jefferies, an investment bank, were once greeted by a section of the Berlin Wall purchased from the East German government. In the London office of Slaughter and May, a law…
bubmag
August 29, 2021
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The Lost World of W.G. Sebald

The four great prose works of W.G. Sebald were published around the turn of the millennium, a period once perceived by some as the end of history. Vertigo was quietly released in Germany a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Emigrants and The Rings of…
bubmag
August 19, 2021
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43 years on, channel cleared for hilsa to reach Prayagraj

KOLKATA: Hilsa migration’s equivalent of the Berlin Wall — a faulty navigation lock on the Farakka barrage that straddles Bengal’s Murshidabad and Malda districts — is falling after 43 years of denying fish lovers their shimmering silvery catch from Bangladesh. Once found in abundance in Ganga till as far upstream…
bubmag
February 11, 2021
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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,…
bubmag
December 6, 2020
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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