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  • Cemetery creates first lesbian-only burial area (Berlin, Germany)

    04/02/2014 8:29:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Apr 2014 12:27 GMT+02:00 | Jessica Ware
    Germany’s first burial area for lesbians will open on Sunday in Berlin. One of the founders told The Local that the leafy resting spot is for homosexual women to be buried as they lived—with those of the same sex. “We are the first real generation of emancipated, feminist, open lesbians, and we need somewhere to be buried,” said Dr. Astrid Osterland from Safia, an association for older, mostly gay women. Hitting back at criticism of the burial area in the Georgen-Parochial-Friedhof, Osterland explained that the project had “absolutely nothing against men”. They are welcome to have their urns here, but...
  • German Woman, Dead Six Months ... Found in Front of TV

    03/26/2014 7:02:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Reuters
    German woman, dead six months, found in front of TV BERLIN (Reuters) - The corpse of a 66-year-old German woman who died more than six months ago was found in her apartment, in front of a television set that was still on, the Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper reported on Tuesday. The woman, in the town of Oberursel near Frankfurt, died of natural causes in a nightgown while watching TV. There was a program guide from September nearby, the newspaper said, describing the body as "partially mummified". Police said residents in the 30-apartment block had noticed an unpleasant smell in the...
  • Police struggle with far-left Berlin protest (Germany)

    03/24/2014 1:51:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Mar 2014 10:48 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Cars were set alight and stink bombs set off after a far-left demo against “state repression” descended into chaos in Berlin over the weekend. Two policemen were injured and 17 protesters arrested in the 12-hour long police operation across the city, which saw almost 2,000 officers deployed. Organizers said they were protesting against heavy-handed police tactics such as those seen in Hamburg in early January, where disturbances led to a long crackdown and police restricted zone. Over the course of the weekend, an estimated 1,300 people took to the streets in Kreuzberg, Moabit and Friedrichshain including feminists, members of the...
  • When Presidents Stand Firm

    03/23/2014 11:44:25 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 23, 2014 | Karl Ushanka
    Leadership comes in many forms and with many levels of risk, but history gives us a few moments when leaders stood alone and were proven right. [...] In late June 1948 the Soviets cut all road, rail and water access to Berlin, a city controlled by the Western Allies yet surrounded by Soviet-controlled territories. The Soviet’s goal: take Berlin from the Allies by forcing the US-UK-French alliance into one of two options: try to protect a city of 2.1 million starving Germans, or war. The Soviets expected the West to surrender the city quickly. [...] The US was in the...
  • Berlin launches first city web domain name

    03/19/2014 10:39:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 18 March 2014 | Agence France-Press
    Berlin has become the world's first city to have its own internet domain name. Companies and individuals in the German capital can now request web addresses ending in .berlin as alternatives to the more traditional options of .com, .org or the German national suffix .de. Addresses will be granted on a first come, first served basis and will each cost about €50 (Ł42) a year.
  • Fishermen find century-old postcard in a bottle in Baltic

    03/09/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 63 replies
    upi ^ | March. 8, 2014
    BERLIN, A postcard dated May 17, 1913, and found in a bottle by German fishermen appears to be the oldest such message ever found. Konrad Fischer, captain of a fishing boat from Schleswig-Holstein, told Kieler Nachrichten, a local newspaper, that he was about to throw the bottle back in the sea when someone told him it was not empty, the Local.de reported. "When I saw the date I got really excited," he said. The postcard, from Denmark, had German stamps on it. It was signed by Richard Platz and addressed to his own home in Berlin with a message asking...
  • Google apologizes after Berlin street is accidentally renamed after Adolf Hitler on its maps service

    01/11/2014 9:43:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:48 EST, 10 January 2014 | Lizzie Edmonds
    Google has apologized after its mapping service renamed a road in Berlin after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The intersection, usually called Theodor-Heuss-Platz, temporarily regained its Nazi-era name—Adolf-Hitler-Platz. The area carried Hitler’s name after he came to power in 1933 until the end of the Second World War. …
  • Letter and powder spark alarm at US consulate (in Berlin, Germany)

    12/27/2013 8:33:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Dec 2013 14:59 GMT+01:00
    US consulate staff in Berlin found a package on Friday containing white powder and a threatening letter addressed to president Barack Obama.According to Berlin newspaper the BZ, three members of consulate staff came into contact with the unidentified powder, and a suspicious liquid. …
  • Berlin museum seeks return of ancient gold tablet

    10/16/2013 7:27:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 16 Oct 2013 | Michael Virtanen
    Berlin antiquities museum wants Holocaust survivor's family to return ancient gold tablet A Holocaust survivor's family urged New York's highest court Tuesday to let them keep an ancient gold tablet that their late father somehow obtained in Germany after World War II. Attorney Steven Schlesinger argued that the estate of Riven Flamenbaum has a legal claim, whether the native of Poland bought the relic from a Russian soldier or simply took it to compensate for losing his family at Auschwitz, the concentration camp where he spent several years. "Under the Soviet rules at the time, there was permission to pillage...
  • Pro Life March: Berlin (prayer thread)

    09/20/2013 4:36:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Please keep my daughter and other pro life marchers in your prayers tonight and tomorrow as they present a visible witness for life in Berlin tomorrow. Unlike the US Marches for Life, the pro abort forces in Europe are a lit more active...and violence on pro lifers is not unheard of. Thanks for your prayers
  • Berlin: Kreuzberg Bans Christmas

    09/04/2013 5:24:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Recently, I wrote about a ban on the use of Christian symbols in the public celebration of Christmas in the German city of Solingen. Now the virus has spread to Berlin. As of now, Christmas is banned in Berlin's Kreuzberg - at least as far as celebration in public places is concerned. Christmas is only allowed in the home, so that the religious feelings of others are not injured. No April Fool: the district office of Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is doing away with Christmas. The authorities are allowing no more Christmas celebrations in public places or streets. A Christmas tree may...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "One, Two, Three"(1961)

    07/28/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1961 | Billy Wilder
  • Berlin accuses Washington of cold war tactics over snooping

    06/30/2013 10:41:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | Sunday 30 June 2013 16.55 EDT | Ian Traynor
    Trans-Atlantic relations plunged at the weekend as Berlin, Brussels and Paris all demanded that Washington account promptly and fully for new disclosures on the scale of the US National Security Agency’s spying on its European allies. As further details emerged of the huge reach of US electronic snooping on Europe, Berlin accused Washington of treating it like the Soviet Union, “like a cold war enemy”. … The reports of NSA snooping on Europe—and on Germany in particular—went well beyond previous revelations of electronic spying said to be focused on identifying suspected terrorists, extremists and organized criminals. Der Spiegel reported that...
  • Obama Speaks Giddy Gibberish in Berlin

    06/26/2013 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Fred J. Eckert
    It’s always interesting to notice what the mainstream media emphasizes when reporting on a speech delivered by Barack Obama – and always even more interesting to notice what they choose not to bother questioning. Here’s ABC News on Obama’s speech last week at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin: “Today President Obama will invoke two of the most memorable presidential speeches in modern history — Kennedy’s 1963 “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech and Reagan’s 1987 “Tear down this wall” speech — both delivered here….The idea, White House officials say, is to tap into the energy and legacy of those great Cold...
  • Krauthammer: Obama's Berlin speech 'self-indulgent, anachronistic and adolescent'

    06/21/2013 5:33:36 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 59 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 21, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The speech was sparsely attended compared to the speech Obama had made at the same venue back in 2008 during his first presidential election campaign. And as part of the “All-Star Panel” Friday “Lightning Round” segment, Krauthammer won the privilege of posing the question to his colleagues on how to define the speech. “Obama gave a speech in Germany this week,” Krauthammer said. “Was it a) a stirring defense of the United States...
  • Barack Bamboozles Berlin

    06/21/2013 8:25:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Barack Obama showed up again in Berlin. Sadly, 194,000 of the fawning devotees that cheered him like a rock star in 2008 chose to skip the 2013 encore. Nonetheless, directly out of the Brandenburg gate, the president commenced with injecting race and gender into the conversationwhen he said "Angela and I don't exactly look like previous German and American leaders." Obama then informed the audience, consigned by invitation to stand in the blistering heat listening to his blather, that Michelle, Malia, and Sasha, rather than endure his grueling speech, chose instead to experience the "beauty and the history of Berlin"...
  • Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president

    06/21/2013 7:17:20 AM PDT · by w4women · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 21, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    When John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech in front of the Schöneberg Rathaus on June 26, 1963, 450,000 people flocked to hear him. Fifty years later a far more subdued invitation-only crowd of 4,500 showed up to hear Barack Obama speak at the same location in Berlin. As The National Journal noted, “he didn’t come away with much, winning just a smattering of applause from a crowd that was one-hundredth the size of JFK’s,” and far smaller than the 200,000 boisterous Germans who had listened to his 2008 address as a presidential candidate. JFK had a...
  • Obama to Promote Nuclear-Free World in Berlin Speech [Panty Waist on Parade!]

    06/19/2013 1:38:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    ... Obama is set to lay out his vision for advancing toward a world free of nuclear weapons during a speech Wednesday at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. A senior administration official says Mr. Obama will propose the United States and Russia cut their number of strategic nuclear warheads by up to one third below the level agreed to in a 2009 treaty. That pact, called the New START agreement, calls for the two countries to reduce their arsenal to 1,550 deployed strategic warheads by 2018.
  • Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president

    06/20/2013 7:05:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/20/2013 | Nile Gardiner
    In stark contrast to that of his presidential predecessors, Barack Obama’s message on Wednesday was pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance. This was a speech big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counter-productive for the world’s superpower. Ultimately it was little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favourite liberal pet causes, including cutting nuclear weapons, warning about climate change, putting an end to all wars, shutting Guantanamo, ending global poverty, and backing the European Project. It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic...
  • NBC´s Todd Excuses Obama´s Poor Speech Performance: Crowd Too Small, ´It Was Hot´

    06/19/2013 10:02:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Kyle Drennen ^ | 6/19/13 | Newsbusters
    Appearing on MSNBC´s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Wednesday, NBC´s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd came up with a long list of excuses for President Obama´s poor speech performance in Berlin: "I want to give you a little context here....there was an attempt to shrink the crowd size....Maybe they would have gotten 25, 30, 40,000 people....President Obama feeds off a crowd very well." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Todd then grasped at other reasons for the lackluster event: "...you had that very distracting glass and you could just see that the President
  • Obama's Berlin speech: History raises the stakes

    06/19/2013 7:54:20 AM PDT · by MrChips · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2013 | Juim Kuhnhenn
    BERLIN (AP) — Five years and 50 years. As President Barack Obama revisits Berlin, he can't escape those anniversaries and the inevitable comparisons to history and personal achievement. With his own 2008 speech at Berlin's Victory Column and former President John F. Kennedy's 1963 historic denunciation of the Soviet bloc as markers, Obama will use an address at the city's Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday to renew his call to reduce the world's nuclear stockpiles. The White House said Obama will draw attention to his plan for a one-third reduction in U.S. and Russian arsenals, rekindling a goal that was a...
  • Michell Obama & the Wee Wons: “Ich bin ein Dubliner, und nach dem mittagessen, ein Berliner.”

    06/19/2013 7:31:50 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-19-2013 | MOTUS
    While Big Guy was busy charming world leaders, we had lunch. Fish and chips at Finnegan’s with Bono (!) and his lovely wife Allison, with whom we share a certain savoir faire. Allison’s a real fashion icon too! Imagine that a black slip – at the beach! (SNIP) Bono and Allison, like Big Guy and Lady M, also have two daughters; Jordan, in the gladiator outfit and Memphis Eve. I’ve no idea why they named her after a feminine hygiene product.                   Lady M and the girls had fish and chips, and Lady M also enjoyed a lobster starter, according...
  • Reagan in Berlin, June 12, 1987: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread
    Twenty-six years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall.And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control. Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the...
  • German report: Berlin a hub of Hezbollah activity

    06/08/2013 5:17:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/09/2013 02:53 | Benjamin Weinthal
    Hezbollah has 950 members in Germany, including 250 in the capital, a reported released by Berlin’s domestic intelligence agency released last week showed. A Hezbollah-controlled orphans organization in Lower Saxony state used to raise money for the families of suicide bombers targeting Israelis, the 140-page German-language report examined by The Jerusalem Post also showed. The Lebanese terrorist organization had some 900 members in the Federal Republic in 2010, and 950 in 2011, around the same number it has now. … In a 2009 study of Orphans Project Lebanon, Alexander Ritzmann, a political analyst and senior fellow with the European Foundation...
  • The tragic saga of the Iraqi who dared come to Israel

    05/14/2005 7:55:39 PM PDT · by Alouette · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 15, 2005 | Dana Rosenblatt
    Coiffed, groomed and impeccably suited, Mithal al-Alusi cuts an imposing figure at this trendy hotel. In the empty bar lounge, he makes himself at home to a breakfast of fresh fruit, strong coffee and a constant flow of cigarettes. The leader of the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation is in town to promote his vision for a new Iraq and accept an accolade from an unlikely sponsor – the American Jewish Committee – who honored him with a Moral Courage award at their annual dinner last week. His act of courage was an attempt to break Iraq's long-standing taboo...
  • Oversexed Education: First-Graders Shown Explicit Sex-Ed Book

    04/25/2013 9:31:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 25, 2013 – 01:06 PM | (chw)
    When it comes to sex, Germans are not known for being squeamish. Yet a sex-education book that has been circulating in Berlin elementary schools has some parents up in arms. The book, “Where Do You Come From?” („Wo kommst du her?‟), which is recommended for ages 5 and up, shows a couple, Lisa and Lars, in various stages of arousal. … The text also veers toward the explicit. …
  • John Kerry says Americans 'have a right to be stupid' and tells how he lost his diplomatic passport

    02/26/2013 5:08:03 PM PST · by yoe · 33 replies
    Mail On LIne ^ | February 26, 2013 | Hayley Peterson
    'In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be... and we tolerate that,' Kerry said to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin.Kerry stopped in Berlin as part of his nine-country trip abroad - his first trip as secretary of state He recalled how he learned about the divide in postwar Berlin as a young man living with his American diplomat father
  • Kerry regales Berliners with tales of divided city

    02/26/2013 7:47:29 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 42 replies
    AP via Charter.net ^ | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:28 AM EST | MATTHEW LEE
    ... Speaking at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Kerry spoke a few sentences of passable German to the delight of a crowd in a packed Internet cafe before regaling the audience with tales of his boyhood in Berlin in 1954. He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin. "I saw the difference between east and west. I saw the people wearing darker clothing. There were fewer cars. I didn't feel the energy or the movement." When he returned home, Kerry said, his father "got very upset with me and said: `You could have created an international incident. I...
  • Plagiarism and Politics in Berlin

    02/15/2013 10:35:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    BERLIN -- The Germans play "gotcha" with a decidedly Teutonic skill and attitude. The latest victim is Annette Schavan, Chancellor Merkel's education minister, who resigned her position in a gathering storm of accusations that she plagiarized the doctoral dissertation she wrote 32 years ago. The title sounds particularly apt: "Person and Conscience." She held on for a week, fighting back. She insists she will sue to regain her title of "doctor," revoked by Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf. In the age of the Internet, obscure dissertations once relegated to the memory hole, out of mind, unread or assigned to a...
  • Not Santa! German fire brigade rescue naked man from chimney

    01/10/2013 6:19:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 10, 2013 | Madeline Chambers
    (Reuters) - German firemen rescued a mysteriously naked man trapped in a narrow chimney in central Berlin, a spokesman said on Thursday. The fire brigade was alerted to the emergency after police failed to help the 39-year old man who was wedged 10 metres (yards) down the shoulder-width chimney. "The rescue workers, specialised in saving people at great heights, tried to pull the victim out from above with a crane and a sling," a fire brigade spokesman said. "At first he held on to the rope but then his strength failed him so we had to come up with an...
  • Berlin (CT) neighbors get chance to speak out against gun range proposal

    12/13/2012 6:21:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    A proposal by gun store owners to open an indoor gun range in a residential neighborhood in Berlin has homeowners concerned saying it is close to their families. The Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public. According to the town of Berlin's website, the proposal is to add an indoor gun range to the west side of the Berlin Turnpike in connection with an existing gun shop, BMG Guns & Ammo. The gun shop currently doesn't have gun range for people to practice, which is...
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • NAZIS, COMMUNISTS, ARAB NATIONALIST TERRORISTS: ONE CAMP, ONE KAMPF

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • Wild boar attacks and injures 4 people in Berlin

    10/30/2012 12:36:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    AP.org ^ | 10/30/12 | AP - Berlin
    BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin authorities say they shot and killed a 120 kilogram (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and injured four people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood. ... Wild boars are relatively common in green Berlin, though rarely cause problems beyond digging up gardens.
  • Berlin Jewish Museum event calls for Israel boycott

    09/16/2012 3:07:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 9/15/12 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,
    Jewish institution hosts Judith Butler, who renews support of BDS movement; 700-strong audience cheers boycott call. BERLIN - The internationally renowned Jewish Museum in Berlin hosted a podium discussion on Saturday with US academic Judith Butler, who renewed her calls to boycott Israel. It appears to be the first anti-Israel event held in the Jewish museum since its opening in 2001 with the aim of exhibiting the 2,000- year history of Germany’s Jews. At least 700 people attended the event. The German taxpayer-funded museum’s decision to showcase a speaker in the capital city, which during the Nazi period served as...
  • Berlin declares circumcision legal, but only if performed by a doctor — not as a ritual

    09/05/2012 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/5/12 | Staff
    One of Germany’s 16 states has declared circumcision legal, but only if performed by doctors — not, as required by Jewish law, by mohels. Berlin, Germany’s capital and itself a state, is the first to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to DPA, a German news wire. National legislation is pending to legalize circumcision. State Justice Minister Thomas Heilmann made the announcement Wednesday, saying he felt it necessary to allay fears in this “difficult transitional period,” the Associated Press reported.
  • British suspected Islamic terrorist arrested in Germany

    07/06/2012 2:26:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 6:08PM BST 14 Jun 2012 | By Bruno Waterfield, Berlin
    "British suspected Islamic terrorist arrested in Germany A major German security operation targeted "dangerous" Islamist extremists in dawn raids by 850 police officers on 70 mosques, schools and homes across Germany." SNIPPET: "Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany's interior minister, banned one Salafist network, Millatu Ibrahim, for "working against our constitutional order and against understanding between peoples". He also announced an investigation into two other networks, Dawa FFM and "The True Religion", with a view to a seeking additional bans."" SNIPPET: "Secret intelligence gathered by police and anti-terrorism officers across Europe gave "cause for concern" in Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Austria,...
  • "Berlin Wall" Speech - President Reagan's Address at the Brandenburg Gate - 6/12/87

    06/12/2012 12:53:55 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 12 1987 | ReaganFoundation
    We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
  • Accused Killer Porn Star Captured in Berlin Internet Cafe

    06/04/2012 9:37:32 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, who allegedly videotaped the murder of his lover and mailed his body parts, has been captured in a Berlin Internet cafe, according to the Berlin Police Department. A man in an Internet cafe spotted Magnotta about 2 p.m. in Germany and recognized him as the Canadian fugitive, Berlin Police spokesman Thomas Neuendors told ABCNews.com.
  • China's Dilemma: Berlin Transition or Tiananmen Destruction?

    05/09/2012 6:02:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2012 | Austin Bay
    The 23-year-old photograph is a stunning record of Chinese courage past and an insight into China's present political turmoil. Unless China's government chooses liberty and just law over tyranny and crony corruption, the picture prefigures a bloody future history. I am referring to one of 1989's most famous photos: the lone Chinese protestor in Beijing's Tiananmen Square who stands in front of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) main battle tank. The dramatic confrontation occurred June 5, 1989, the day after PLA gunfire, at the order of Communist leader Deng Xiaoping, killed some 2,000 demonstrators in the square. Everyone in China...
  • Photographs of East Germany Locations Captured Decades Apart

    05/08/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 65 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | May 08, 2012 | Michael Zhang
    Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm first photographed East Germany in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunification. He revisited the same locations a decade later, and rephotographed them from exactly the same viewpoints to document the drastic social and economic transformations that came about during the time between the photos.
  • Berlin Worried About 'Muhammad Cartoon Contest'

    04/30/2012 7:56:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 4/30/12 | Staff
    A far-right group in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running a 'Muslim cartoon contest' and plans to display the works outside mosques. The move has alarmed authorities which fear it could incite violence and hurt German interests abroad, similar to the backlash that followed the 2005 publication of cartoons in Danish newspapers. The German government has voiced concern that far-right activists in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia may incite violence with plans to hold a so-called "Muhammad cartoon contest" and to stage demonstrations outside mosques in the run-up to a regional election there on May 13.
  • Senate Hs Committee Report Finds Online Jihadist 'Activity' Leads To Violent Islamist Extremism

    03/04/2012 6:40:42 PM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies
    HSTODAY.US - HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY ^ | 02/28/2012 ( 9:12am) | by Anthony Kimery
    "Senate Hs Committee Report Finds Online Jihadist 'Activity' Leads To Violent Islamist Extremism" by Anthony Kimery 02/28/2012 ( 9:12am) SNIPPET: "Violent Islamist extremists use the Internet to recruit, radicalize and mobilize individuals -- including Americans -- and “the threat of violent Islamist extremism has become increasingly decentralized and its messaging has followed that same trajectory,” according to a report issued Monday by both the majority and minority staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs." SNIPPET: "The report concluded that “the United States currently has a haphazard approach to dealing with global Internet radicalization and propaganda,” and...
  • US Embassy warns of terrorist attack, Thai police arrest Hezbollah suspect

    01/13/2012 8:07:43 AM PST · by Individual Rights in NJ · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Montior ^ | 1/13/2012 | Panarat Thepgumpanat
    "A Lebanese suspect from the Hezbollah group has been taken into custody by Thai officials and police are investigating further," Chalerm Yoobamrung told Reuters. "Following concern raised by the Israeli embassy about a possible attack by a group of Lebanese terrorists in Bangkok, Thai police officials had been coordinating with Israeli officials since before the New Year."
  • Operation Marriage Chaos: Woman "Married" to Berlin Wall for 29 Years

    04/18/2009 10:42:13 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies · 698+ views
    A friend alerts us to a woman clearly ahead of her time. According to the Telegraph, a Mrs. Berliner-Mauer, of Sweden, recently revealed that she "tied the knot" with the famous wall while visiting Berlin in 1979. The blissful creature-to-creature ceremony was conducted "before a handful of guests." Clearly biased in its reporting, however, the Telegraph castigates the woman as having a "bizarre fetish for inanimate objects." Objectum-Sexuality, to be regressively clinical. But please: Bizarre? What's truly bizarre is the newspaper's own embrace of Objectosexophobia. Shame! Shame on all objectosexophobists! No doubt "wall friendly" New York and California stand ready...
  • Berlin Wall Is Gone, but Mental Barriers Remain [German Left to praise the Berlin Wall.]

    08/15/2011 2:36:06 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2011 | Judy Dempsey
    (...) The delegates, many of them former East German Communists but also younger people, will debate an extraordinary motion put forward by some members: They want their party to declare that the building of the wall was an inescapable necessity. If that leaves any doubts about the Left party’s nostalgia for a wall that imprisoned 17 million people for nearly 30 years, a newspaper survey published this month by The Berliner Zeitung showed that 75 percent of that party’s supporters in Berlin thought the wall was justified or partly justified. (...) Respondents said the wall was necessary to stop the...
  • Germany marks 50 years since Berlin Wall.

    08/13/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/13/11 | BBC
    Addressing the ceremony on Bernauer Street, famously divided by the Wall and now site of a memorial, Mayor Wowereit said the capital was remembering the "saddest day in its recent history". "It is our common responsibility to keep alive the memories and pass them on to the next generation, to maintain freedom and democracy and to do everything so that such injustices may never happen again," he said. At a ceremony at a former crossing-point, President Wulff said the wall had been "an expression of fear" of those who created it.
  • Daniel-in-lion’s-den moment for new Catholic archbishop of free-wheeling Berlin

    07/06/2011 12:48:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Faith World ^ | July 6, 2011
    Like Daniel in the lion’s den, Berlin’s new Catholic archbishop met the media on Tuesday to face accusations he was homophobic and far too conservative for such a prominent post in the free-wheeling German capital. Rainer Maria Woelki, a surprise choice for the high-profile post, professed respect for gays, denied membership in the staunchly conservative Opus Dei group and said he did not come to Berlin to point a censuring finger at non-Catholics.Berlin’s gay community and liberal media reacted with dismay to his appointment last week, saying the Cologne-based prelate was “backwards-minded” and the wrong man for the job. But...
  • Berlin unwilling to accept refugees

    04/11/2011 9:58:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 4/11/2011
    "Refugees ought not to come to Germany," announces Die Welt. The position that Berlin is expected to adopt when European interior ministers meet to discuss immigration on 11 April is unlikely to be welcomed by Italy which has called for solidarity in the drive to cope with thousands of immigrants who have recently arrived from North Africa. “Italy’s dirty tricks amount to unacceptable blackmail," remarks the conservative daily, which nonetheless acknowledges that "it is inadmissible that Italy and Malta pay the price for changes that are in all of Europe’s interest." For Die Welt, Europe should come together to invest...
  • President Reagan Centennial: "Mr Gorbachev Tear Down This Wall!"

    02/07/2011 1:42:26 PM PST · by zippythepinhead · 6 replies
    Wisdom of Dave ^ | 02/06/2011 | David Jolley
    President Reagan Centennial: Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down This Wall! In honor of the 100th Birthday of President Ronald Reagan below is one of the great hallmarks of his political legacy and Presidency.