The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War.
|By: DSWright Monday November 10, 2014 11:35 am|
|By: Elliott Sunday November 9, 2014 6:59 pm|
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, 8,000 balloons will light up the skies over the footprint of the Berlin Wall. For the past few days the Lichtgrenze glowed in place of the old wall, tonight the balloons were released to the heavens.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday November 8, 2014 11:19 am|
My first inkling that Europe would in fact be reunited came in the spring of 1989 when Gorbatchev was seen giving a most perfunctory fraternal kiss to his East German counterpart. Of course I had no way of knowing that during his visit to East Berlin the Soviet leader had told Honecker, the most rigid of Eastern European leaders, to get with the times and allow the wall to come down.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday August 23, 2014 6:15 pm|
In 1989 my book Une autre Europe, un Autre Monde, was published in France by a small academic house, after being rejected by all the progressive publishers. It foresaw the reunification of Europe, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the rise of China (erroneously predicting greater democratization, however) and called for the creation of a Eurasian Community of Communities to include what I named before the fact as “a Europe of Thirty”, the Soviet Union, China, Japan and India, five giant entities that would balance each other out, eliminating the perceived need for Europe to be protected from the Russian Bear by the United States.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 2, 2014 9:20 am|
In 2007, Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land spoke of the dangers of the wall of separation built by Israel: “This wall does not provide security, it breeds despair and a culture of separation. And it cannot contain the hatred and resentment that are building every day.” Fast forward to 2014, and the thoughts of the former head of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, on the situation in Gaza only confirms Younan’s wisdom.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday December 7, 2013 6:17 pm|
The country that used to be the breadbasket of Europe is a new bone of contention between the European Union and Russia. Ukraine, the land of the southern Russians (as Yugoslavia was the land of the southern Slavs), sits on Russia’s Western frontier.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 13, 2011 9:00 am|
Fifty years ago today, East German soldiers began overseeing the construction of the Berlin Wall. That wall came down in 1989, but as Der Spiegel reminds us, other walls remain elsewhere in the world.
Even more insidious, though, are the invisible walls we build with money and defend with lawyers, all in an attempt to defend the status quo and nail things down as they are right now.
Sorry, but life is like a river, and you can’t nail it down. Count me among those who yearn for life without such walls.