German Media Spies on US Spies

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 9:13 am

Last June, President Obama was blunt at a press conference in Berlin: “We do not use Germany as a launching point for unmanned drones to go after, as a part of our anti-terrorism activities.” The Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) and Norddeutsche Rundfunk (North German Radio, which despite the name, is also a television operation) have teamed up to look into this claim, and they beg to differ. A lot.

They ask a lot of tough questions, and turn the cameras on the spies themselves.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jon Wiener, How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 1:59 pm

Wiener’s new book How We Forgot the Cold War is a travelogue of visits to sites across the US (plus one in Cuba and one in Grenada) where the Cold War is publicly commemorated. As different as they are—among them are half a dozen presidential libraries, a general’s tomb, missile silos, a VIP fallout shelter, a CIA museum that’s closed to the public, and a proposed $100 million Victims of Communism museum, a grandiose project that was never built—all of them are notable for a curious lacuna: the Cold War itself, or perhaps more accurately, the neo-conservative, triumphalist narrative about the Cold War that has been so successfully projected onto the memory of Ronald Reagan.

50 Years After the Start of the Berlin Wall, We’re Still Building Walls

By: 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.

Tomorrow’s German Election Could Signal Political Shift to the Left

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 9:00 am

Britain’s elections have center stage right now, but there is a rumbling in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia that could have even greater consequences. With the precarious state of European finances and the German government’s role in it all, tomorrow’s parliamentary elections in North Rhine-Westphalia could shift the political momentum away from the bankers and business leaders of the political right and toward the trade unions and workers of Germany’s political left.

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