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Where to see the Berlin Wall

(CNN) In the dead of night on August 13, 1961, the East German Army began placing more than 48 kilometers of barbed wire through the center of Berlin, splitting the city into two stark halves. On one side, the Soviet-backed East functioned under a socialist…
bubmag
November 8, 2019
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Flying Leaps, 30 Years Later

I never imagined that the US would use the Stasi playbook as the template for its own state sponsored surveillance regime and turning not only its own citizens into virtual persons of interest, but also millions of citizens in the rest of the world. NSA Whi…
bubmag
November 8, 2019
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A Tale of Two Walls

When I was a GI in Germany in 1973, I was able to visit the other side of the Berlin Wall.  In order to show the soldier the importance of its mission in Europe, the U.S. Army took a select few into East Germany. I was among those fortunate enough to pass thr…
bubmag
November 7, 2019
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My 1989 trip to East Berlin

For the residents of the ideological prison known as Berlin, Hauptstadt der DDR, 1989 began as bleakly as every new year had done for decades. A blanket of bitter cold chased the people from the streets, while the Soviet-controlled state stole the hope from …
bubmag
November 7, 2019