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  • The Berlin Wall [Remembered]

    08/17/2009 10:11:01 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 401+ views
    NotiUno.com (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | August 14, 2009 | News Desk
    (English-language translation) GERMANY - On the 48th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, this capital today remembers all of its victims and protests against minimizing the history of the defunct German Democratic Republic (GDR). The victims were remembered during a ceremony at the Chapel of Reconciliation in Berlin, which Mayor Klaus Wowereit and government delegate Marianne Birthler (the latter in charge of the documents of the GDR's Stasi secret political police) attended. In the simple chapel located on Bernauer Street where the Wall stood, a candle burned in memory of the dead and a floral arrangement was placed....
  • Woman finds 'stolen' Audi in neighbor's garage

    08/02/2009 10:41:47 AM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 19 replies · 1,956+ views
    AOL News ^ | 7/30/2009 | AP Staff
    BERLIN -An Audi sedan written off by an elderly German woman as stolen two years ago has resurfaced — in her neighbor's garage beneath a thick layer of dust. Police said Thursday the 82-year-old from the northern city of Hildesheim took the car in for repairs two years ago and had the mechanics drive it back to her house and park it in her garage. She got the keys and papers from her mailbox, but when she went to get the car it was nowhere to be found. So she reported it stolen. When her neighbor went to clean up...
  • What if the Berlin Wall didn't fall?

    07/25/2009 9:53:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 25, 2009 | Peter Hitchens
    In 1989, more than 100,000 East Germans took to Leipzig's streets protesting against their hardline communist rulers and demanding an end to repression. The pro-democracy surge spread rapidly, forcing East Germany's leaders to open the Berlin Wall to the West, before it was finally destroyed. It was a seismic moment that sent shockwaves around the world. Now PETER HITCHENS, who was there at the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, imagines how it could all have gone terribly wrong, and contemplates the repercussions that would have followed...
  • 22nd Anniversary of Reagan’s “Berlin Wall” Speech

    06/13/2009 9:58:45 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 249+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-12-09 | Mike's America
    Contrast this speech that actually changed the world for the better with Obama's Muslim apology speech![video at site]The entire address is worth listening to. But if your time is limited cue to 11:15 on the clip for the segment which contains the famous phrase "Mr. Gorbachev TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!" Last year, I posted on the background that lead to Reagan's demand. Ending the Cold War and removing the last scar left on post World War II Europe was a goal of Ronald Reagan's for decades. Many of Reagan's advisors, including then National Security Advisor Colin Powell, thought the line...
  • Berlin airlift anniversary marked (video at source)

    05/13/2009 6:16:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 568+ views
    (Planes flew a distance equivalent to flying to the moon and back 63 times) Ceremonies have been taking place in Berlin to mark the 60th anniversary of the ending of the blockade of West Berlin by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. In 1948, Stalin cut off all land links into West Berlin in an attempt to force out British, French and US troops. Instead, the Western nations launched the biggest airlift in history to keep 2.25 million residents from starving. For the next 11 months, planes landed every two minutes, bringing in total more than 2.5m tonnes of supplies. Seventy-eight aircrew...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks in Berlin on the Closing of Guantanamo Bay

    04/29/2009 4:33:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 460+ views
    US DOJ.gov/ag-speech ^ | April 29, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090429.html Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks in Berlin on the Closing of Guantanamo Bay Berlin, Germany Wednesday, April 29, 2009 It is my distinct honor to join you at the Hans Arnhold Center of the American Academy of Berlin. The Academy is a fitting caretaker for a building that holds a special place in history as a safe harbor for freedom and a catalyst for cultural exchange. When luminaries like Richard Holbrooke, Richard Von Weizsacker, Fritz Stern and Otto Graf Lambsdorff joined forces to create the American Academy, they knew that we...
  • Luxury Cars Targets Of Meltdown Rage[Coming Soon To A Dealership Near You]

    02/28/2009 6:25:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,849+ views
    Times of India ^ | February 28, 2009
    Luxury cars targets of meltdown rage 1 Mar 2009 When Berlin resident Simone Klostermann returned from vacation and couldn’t find her Mercedes SLK, she thought it had been towed. Police told her the $45,000 car had been torched. “They’d squirted something flammable into the car’s engine block in the gap between the windshield and the hood,” said Klostermann. The 34-year-old’s experience isn’t unique in the German capital. At least 29 vehicles were destroyed in arson attacks this year, most of them luxury cars, according to police. The number is already about 30% of the total for 2008. The latest to...
  • Berlin's Tegel airport littered with unexploded WWII bombs

    01/25/2009 6:05:51 PM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 717+ views
    news ^ | January 26, 2009 | daily telegraph
    GERMAN authorities are preparing to clear hundreds bombs left from World War II that are strewn under Berlin's busiest airport. There are so many explosives - bombs and grenades - that litter the ground around Tegel airport that more than 500 sites will be excavated to finally make it safe for passenger jets if they stray off the tarmac. Berlin's Senator for Urban Development, Ingeborg Junge-Reyer declined to comment on the threat posed by the deadly relics.
  • Germany threatened in 'al-Queda' video

    01/17/2009 11:24:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 712+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/18/2008
    Germany has been threatened with attacks for its presence in Afghanistan in a video released yesterday by the US centre for surveillance of Islamist sites (SITE). In the 30 minute Video message, a man calling himself Abu Talha Al-Alamani and presumed to be a member of al Queda says the Germans are "gullible and naive" if they thought they could "escape unscathed when they are the third occupation force in Afghanistan." The man, whose face is hidden by a black turban in the video, adds: "Letting me blow myself up in the name of Allah has been my wish since...
  • Birdman of Berlin shared flat with 1,700 budgies

    12/18/2008 3:01:22 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 19 replies · 614+ views
    AFP via BreitBart ^ | Dec 17 2008
    Berlin city officials, summoned by complaints over the noise, found a 60-year-old man sharing his two-room flat with 1,700 budgerigars.
  • Berlin's Poor Should Catch Rats, Says Politician

    12/17/2008 2:02:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 792+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 12/17/08 | Spiegel Online
    A Berlin politician has come under fire for suggesting that poor people should be encouraged to catch rats by offering them €1 per dead rodent. The intriguing idea entails some gnawing practical problems and has been called "inhuman and cynical". A job opportunity for Berlin's poor? Picture the scene -- hundreds of poor people armed with clubs chasing rats through the streets of Berlin. There's something Dickensian about the notion, but it has been proposed by a Berlin politician who is now being criticized for suggesting that the city's poor should be enlisted to tackle the growing rat infestation in...
  • (Obama Charges Germans 250,000 Euro's!)Griping Increases Before Obama Speech in Berlin

    11/02/2008 5:19:18 AM PST · by RatsDawg · 12 replies · 1,113+ views
    DW.World.DE | 7/23/2008 | Jefferson Chase
    http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3507071,00.html link only
  • Obama spent nearly $700,000 for stage, lights in Berlin

    10/31/2008 2:36:44 PM PDT · by flyfree · 43 replies · 888+ views
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama paid a German company nearly $700,000 for staging, sound and lighting services at a time he delivered a speech this summer in which he declared himself a “citizen” of both the U.S. and the world. Billed as a highlight of Mr. Obama's July trip to Europe, the speech - to hundreds of thousands of people in front of the historic Victory Column in Tiergarten - was organized by the Berlin-based company Mediapool, opening much like a rock concert, with warm-up performances from the band Reamonn and reggae singer Patrice. The German company, whose Web...
  • Obama spent nearly $700,000 for stage, lights in Berlin speech

    10/31/2008 5:30:00 PM PDT · by GOPinCa · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama paid a German company nearly $700,000 for staging, sound and lighting services at the time [Note] CQ [/NOTE] he delivered a speech this summer in Berlin and declared himself a citizen of both the U.S. and the world. Billed as a highlight of Mr. Obama's July trip to Europe, the speech [-] delivered before hundreds of thousands of people in front of the historic Victory Column in Tiergarten [-] was organized by the Berlin-based company Mediapool, opening much like a rock concert, with warm-up performances from the band Reamonn and reggae singer Patrice. The...
  • Obama paid $700,000 for staging, sound, and lights for Germany speech

    10/31/2008 6:04:24 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 13 replies · 467+ views
    Hot Air ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2008 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The perfect companion piece to the study released yesterday confirming what Palin’s argued all along: That there is, in fact, a double standard for women candidates by which votes depend partly on their attractiveness. Whether $150,000 in clothes that’ll ultimately be given to charity is a better value under those circumstances than almost three-quarters of a million dollars to feed The One’s ego by staging a speech in front of a foreign audience that did jack for him at home, I leave to you to judge. (Hint: Yes.)
  • The RAF bomber pilot who recovered the body of the co-pilot he lost on Berlin raid 60 years ago.

    10/09/2008 6:47:08 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 38 replies · 1,160+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th October 2008 | Andrew Levy
    Crammed together in their unwieldy aircraft and utterly dependent on one another, the bomber crews of the Second World War forged friendships that often only death could break. Which is why Pilot Officer Reg Wilson never forgot the night more than 60 years ago when he lost two friends in the night skies over Germany. As he entered his old age - the memories of his youth perhaps more powerful than ever - Mr Wilson began a quest to find their remains. Yesterday he told how at last he had succeeded in finding one of those friends, flight engineer Sergeant...
  • No Prussian votes in Electoral College

    08/28/2008 3:02:34 PM PDT · by ancientart · 13 replies · 276+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | August 28, 2008 | Art Marmorstein
    When I was in junior high school, my bedroom wall was decorated with political memorabilia - campaign posters, bumper stickers and “parchment” copies of political speeches. Among the speeches were some gems from John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy had wonderful speechwriters, and his addresses are filled with memorable quotes. But my all-time favorite Kennedy line is the ambiguous conclusion of a speech he gave in West Berlin in June of 1963. Kennedy, trying to express his solidarity with the people of Berlin, concluded with the words, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” Now this can mean one of two things, either “I...
  • Tonight's production will expose previous lies

    08/28/2008 1:23:12 PM PDT · by Wil H · 14 replies · 141+ views
    Vanity | 8/28/08 | Wil H
    Tonight, there is a reasonable expectation that Obama will perform in front of 75,000 people at Invesco Field. I understand they are shutting down highways and making special arrangements to enable the crowd to get to and from the event, and of course, there is parking to accommodate the crowd at the stadium. When he appears on his podium he will finally see what a crowd of 75,000 actually looks like, and what he will see is about twice the size of what he actually saw in Berlin. What will he think? Will he assume that there are 400,000 people...
  • Athlete says sports steroids changed him from woman to man

    08/17/2008 4:36:54 PM PDT · by lainie · 27 replies · 159+ views
    cnn ^ | August 11, 2008 | Frederik Pleitgen
    BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Heidi Krieger proved herself one of the world's top athletes in the 1980s, winning medal after medal in the shot put for East Germany. Andreas Krieger says his body changed soon after he began taking what coaches said were vitamins. Andreas Krieger says his body changed soon after he began taking what coaches said were vitamins. Now, the former sports star looks disdainfully at the awards, dismissing them as "doping medals" and honors that turned a woman into a man. Heidi Krieger, the 1986 European women's shot-put champion, became Andreas Krieger after a sex-change operation in...
  • B.O. Stinks up Berlin with Sweet Nothings

    08/06/2008 4:36:38 PM PDT · by Neville Chamberlain · 4 replies · 159+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 8-4-08 | Andrew Ferguson
    Anyone who wants to understand Barack Obama would do well to stay away from the radio and the TV. Obama is a theatrical presence. That's what it means to be "charismatic": To an unnerving degree his appeal relies on sight and sound rather than sense. Better, in my opinion, to stick to the printed word. On paper (or the computer screen) his words can be thought about and chewed over. You can understand him at your own pace, undistracted by that rich baritone, the regal bearing, the excellent drape of his Burberry suits.
  • Obama’s Berlin Speech First Set The Stage For Campaign To Play The 'Race Card'

    08/01/2008 8:29:36 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 10 replies · 103+ views
    PDOP ^ | 08/01/2008 | Jarid Brown
    Last week I was on the road during Obama’s Berlin Speech. Naturally, the only program I was able to listen to the speech on was Rush Limbaugh, who conveniently gave his commentary while the speech was occurring. To this date, Limbaugh is the only media personality I know of to point out that Obama set the stage to inject race into this election during his speech. At the beginning of the speech, Obama stated,...
  • Exclusive: Obama's Berlin Speech Fails the Presidential Test

    07/31/2008 7:03:03 AM PDT · by captjanaway · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 31, 2008 | KT McFarland
    The cardinal rule of presidential speechmaking is knowing the audiences you’re talking to – all of them. Sen. Obama failed the test in Berlin. As a former speechwriter for several presidents, cabinet officers and members of Congress, I can attest to the great care given to crafting speeches dealing with national security issues, lest they be misinterpreted by any of the several audiences listening.
  • RNC Parodies "Obama TV Ad In Berlin"

    07/29/2008 11:52:40 AM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 113+ views
    CBS ^ | 7/29/08 | staff
    The Republican National Committee has launched a new web ad called “Obama TV Ad In Berlin." Set to a techno dance beat, the web ad mocks Obama's appeal to Europeans, highlighting interviews with European Obama fans, including one man who sees parallels between the Democrat and Che Guevara. The ad also flashes the word "Hasselhoff," apparently comparing Obama's draw in Europe to that of the "Baywatch" star. Watch the ad below:
  • World Citizen Obama

    07/29/2008 6:40:31 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-29-08 | Frank J Gaffney Jr.
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s single most illuminating statement in the course of a just-completed overseas tour was his self-description during the stop in Berlin as a “citizen of the world.” Widely interpreted as nothing more than an innocuous expression of solidarity with his adoring, post-nationalist hosts, this declaration is actually just the latest indication that Senator Obama embraces a vision of his own country and its role in the world that should be exceedingly worrisome to America’s citizenry.
  • Obama in Berlin: Lots of Spectacle, No Substance

    07/28/2008 7:35:34 AM PDT · by Dukes Travels · 67+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | July 28, 2008 | Jamie Weinstein
    When Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan traveled to Berlin, in 1963 and 1987 respectively, the Western world led by the United States was in the midst of a great global conflict with both ideological and military dimensions. Berlin was a literal symbol of the divide between East and West. It is within this weighty context that these presidents delivered speeches that are remembered today as among the most significant of the Cold War. When Kennedy visited, the Cold War was in full swing. The Soviet Union had recently constructed a wall separating East and West Berlin. Kennedy implored...
  • Obama in Berlin: Ich Bin Ein Beginner

    07/28/2008 6:11:08 AM PDT · by Dukes Travels · 5 replies · 138+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | July 28, 2008 | David Karki
    Last Thursday, Sen. Barack Obama gave a speech in Berlin to a throng, which hung out to hear him after a rock concert that included free beer. (The mainstream media, which is doing everything to get him elected, didn't tell you the attendance was manipulated in this way, nor that this is far from the first time the Obama campaign has pulled this stunt to manufacture a large audience.) The speech he gave was galling in its moral equivocation, stunning in its factual and historical wrongness and insulting in its belittling of America and her people – the victims of...
  • McCain Camp Slams Obama on Troops and "Fawning" Foreigners

    07/27/2008 11:17:58 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 37 replies · 174+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Jul 26 | The Nation
    The Nation -- The McCain Campaign has finally found its line of attack against Barack Obama's widely heralded global tour. Ever since Obama canceled a trip to visit wounded soldiers in Germany, based on logistical disagreements with the Pentagon, McCain has used the snafu to argue that Obama -- you guessed it -- does not support the troops. A new ad, released on Saturday, assails Obama for prioritizing limelight and exercise over honoring American soldiers. -snip- The ad is running in selected markets in Colorado, Pennsylvania and DC. The campaign would not release the overall ad buy; the limited run...
  • Obama, "The Vast Majority Of Muslims," And The Rest Of Us

    07/27/2008 5:43:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 277+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2008 | Austin Hill
    So now that you know that the rest of the world loves Obama, how about you? I raised that question last Thursday night on my radio talk show at Washington, DC’s 630 WMAL, albeit rather facetiously. Despite what the forces at CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Rueters, The New York Times, and “CNN International” may want me to believe, I don’t assume that “the world loves Obama,” anymore than I assume that “the world hates Bush.” But now that the week of cathartic revelry is behind us and the excitement has subsided a little bit, it’s time for some reflection....
  • Obama in Berlin

    07/26/2008 9:57:32 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 118+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 24, 2008 | Amy Holmes
    Berlin, Paris, Kalamazoo. He could have given this speech anywhere. Obama goes to Berlin and winds up in Bangor. But maybe that was the point. Unlike JFK, Clinton, or Reagan, Obama's purpose in Berlin was essentially self-serving. The great cause at stake was his own campaign — not the threat of Communism, or adapting to a post-Communist world. The great purpose to which Obama was asking his Berlin audience to rally was his own presidential aspirations. Pretty thin, not the stuff of history books. And so far the American public agrees. All of the hoopla leading up to this moment...
  • Sweet Nothings ( Obama's Berlin speech )

    07/26/2008 5:59:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 345+ views
    weekly standard ^ | 08/04/2008, Volume 013, Issue 44 | Andrew Ferguson
    Anyone who wants to understand Barack Obama would do well to stay away from the radio and the TV. Obama is a theatrical presence. That's what it means to be "charismatic": To an unnerving degree his appeal relies on sight and sound rather than sense. Better, in my opinion, to stick to the printed word. On paper (or the computer screen) his words can be thought about and chewed over. You can understand him at your own pace, undistracted by that rich baritone, the regal bearing, the excellent drape of his Burberry suits. The printed word has its problems too,...
  • No. 44 Has Spoken (German puff piece on Obama)

    07/26/2008 12:51:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 309+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 07/24/08
    No. 44 Has Spoken By Gerhard Spörl Anyone who saw Barack Obama at Berlin's Siegessäule on Thursday could recognize that this man will become the 44th president of the United States. He is more than ambitious -- he wants to lay claim to become the president of the world. It was a ton to absorb -- and what a stupendous ride through world history: the story of his own family, the Berlin Airlift, terrorists, poorly secured nuclear material, the polar caps, World War II, America's errors, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, freedom. It's amazing anyone could pack such a potpourri of issues...
  • Barack Obama's foreign tour loses him ground back home

    07/25/2008 11:07:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies · 161+ views
    Times of London ^ | 07/26/08 | Tim Reid
    Barack Obama's foreign tour loses him ground back home Tim Reid in Washington Barack Obama denied yesterday that he was ignoring the concerns of ordinary Americans while he tours the world, amid signs that the adulation he is receiving abroad has alienated some US voters. After the Democratic presidential candidate holds meetings with Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron in London today, the last leg of his nine-day international tour, he returns home to a general election campaign with new polls showing him in a tightening race against John McCain, the Republican candidate. Mr McCain and his surrogates have...
  • More Obama B.S.? Was The Crowd in Berlin 200,000 or Just 20,000?

    07/25/2008 7:42:43 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 23 replies · 214+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 25, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Fifteen minutes before Obama took the stage, German reporters estimated 20,000. Twenty minutes later, someone else, from the same news outlet, said 100,000. The figure of 200,000 came from Obama's people, and the American press went with that. Compare photos of the Berlin rally with the photos of a rally in Portland, Oregon that drew 75,000. They look pretty close to me.
  • Barack Obama Has Little In Common With Europe

    07/25/2008 12:43:09 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 8 replies · 55+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-25-08 | Rachel Marsden
    As Barack Obama launches into a European tour – presumably because the USA alone can’t comprise the “57 states” he said he visited on his campaign - one has to wonder whether citizens of the three countries he’s visiting – Germany, France and England – have any idea what they’re dealing with. But why would they, right? I mean, America sure doesn’t seem to have a clue. While the Democratic-led congress hits a record low 9% approval rating despite high pre-election hopes, the even further left-leaning embodiment of that epic failure is now shuffling around the globe, sending crowds into...
  • Obama’s Trip: “Tour of Duty”

    07/25/2008 9:58:03 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 3 replies · 110+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-25-08 | Marie Jon'
    Presumptive Democrat nominee Barack Obama’s trip to Afghanistan, Iraq and Europe is all part and parcel of a full blown media event that most intuitive Americans will view as contrived and overdone; an event to compensate for Sen. Obama’s lack of experience and extraordinarily thin political portfolio. The media has helped orchestrate this publicity stunt to attract attention to their chosen candidate. There is no more doubt that they are in the tank for the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee.
  • Caption Berlin crowd touching Obama

    07/25/2008 2:50:19 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 68 replies · 282+ views
    Der Spiegel | 25.7.2008 | Der Spiegel
  • BARACK OBAMA BERLIN SPEECH: 'A WORLD THAT STANDS AS ONE'

    07/24/2008 12:53:23 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 134 replies · 744+ views
    Drudge ^ | THURS JULY 24 2008
    Thank you to the citizens of Berlin and to the people of Germany. Let me thank Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier for welcoming me earlier today. Thank you Mayor Wowereit, the Berlin Senate, the police, and most of all thank you for this welcome. I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen -- a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world. I know that I don't look like the Americans who've previously spoken...
  • Unreported Major Factual Error in Obama Berlin Speech

    07/24/2008 8:19:10 PM PDT · by drill_ANWR · 69 replies · 233+ views
    Drill_ANWR
    <p>Obama, all his advisers, and the fawning MSM are clueless.</p> <p>As mistakes go, I would say this is the ultimate. A prepared speech (not an off-the-teleprompter gaffe), announced days in advance to the world. How is a mistake this huge possible? There is no chance he misread (misspoke), otherwise, there would be no mention of Belfast in that portion of the speech.</p>
  • Obama fails to add one to the Victory Column in Berlin

    07/24/2008 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Merciful_Friend · 11 replies · 78+ views
    RightWingBob.com ^ | 07/24/2008 | RWB
    It's remarkable that he went there. I don't mean that it's remarkable that Barack Obama went to Berlin to make a speech (although it's odd, which is something like remarkable); I mean that it's remarkable that in that much-anticipated speech he chose to criticize the United States. There was no need. He could have given a nice speech and talked about so many things, without having to go there -- that is, to criticize his own country in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands of foreign citizens. Did he think he needed to earn their votes? I honestly...
  • Obama rocks 200,000 in Berlin ("'Staggering' crowd, unprecedented campaign speech" Barf Alert!)

    07/24/2008 12:35:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 81+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/08 | Stephen Collinson
    BERLIN (AFP) - Barack Obama Thursday told a staggering crowd of 200,000 people in Berlin that Americans and Europeans must tear down walls between estranged allies, races and faiths, in a soaring challenge to a new political generation. ... humanity must build "a world that stands as one," before the biggest crowd of his campaign. "The greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another," said Obama, who has scorched through US politics at lightning speed to challenge Republican John McCain for the White House in November's election. --snip-- The crowd was put at...
  • Caption Obama in Berlin at this Moment

    07/24/2008 10:45:50 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 67 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 24,2008
  • Obama speech at the Victory Column in Berlin- LIVE THREAD

    07/24/2008 9:46:09 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 669 replies · 2,459+ views
    Various | 24 July 2008
    Obama is scheduled to speak in Berlin at the Victory Column sometime between 1 and 1:30 Eastern. All cable networks will cover the speech, live.
  • (Obama live ticker) Obama concert beings...Messiah to arrive in 1 hour!

    07/24/2008 9:57:59 AM PDT · by milwguy · 54 replies · 513+ views
    der speigel ^ | 7/24/2008 | der speigel
    ++ Pop Concert for Obama Fans ++ 6:33 p.m.: The tens of thousands of Obama fans are being entertained as they await the senator. The reggae musician Patrice kicked things off, followed by the rock band Reamonn.
  • Reuters: Who Felled the Berlin Wall? How 'Bout Bruce Springsteen! (No, They're SERIOUS)

    07/20/2008 5:22:26 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 25 replies · 174+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 7/20/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    <p>In one of the most ridiculous examples of unbridled hyperbole, Reuters has decided that singer Bruce Springsteen is the one responsible for bringing down the Berlin Wall and ending the Cold War. Yes, that's Bruce "Scorn in the USA" Springsteen, one of the most anti-American rockers on the scene. I know what you're thinking, "But what about Ronald Reagan?" Forget it, man, it's Bruce all the way as far as Reuters is concerned. Maybe it was his gravely warbling that Joshua-like brought those walls tumblin' down, maybe his caterwauling is what turned the trick, but, quite despite any common sense and in a childishly, foolish and overly simplistic review of history, Reuters is sure that Bruce is the hero of Berlin. It is a great example of reductio ad absurdo if there ever was one, not that Reuters is aware of it.</p>
  • Obama’s Berlin Gambit

    07/11/2008 4:16:37 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 34 replies · 133+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-11-08 | Stephen Brown
    There are no shortcuts to history, but don’t tell that to Barack Obama. In his ongoing campaign to appropriate John F. Kennedy’s aura, the presumptive Democratic nominee has accepted an invitation to speak in Berlin later this month. It’s not unusual for American presidential candidates to visit Germany’s capital in an election year. But the venue Obama’s handlers have chosen – Berlin’s symbolic and history-laden Brandenburg Gate – is obviously intended to recall Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in Berlin in 1963. The political subtext is clear: “BHO” is JFK’s political heir.
  • Barack Obama to be granted JFK moment with Brandenburg Gate speech

    07/08/2008 3:43:26 PM PDT · by Laverne · 74 replies · 417+ views
    Telegraph UK.com ^ | 08/07/2008 | Harry de Quetteville in Berlin
    Only US presidents have been given the honour of speaking in front of the 18th Century gate, whose chariot of victory overlooked the Berlin Wall and the ecstatic party that followed its destruction in 1989. Angela Merkel's office this week made it clear that Mr Obama would be welcome in Berlin, but no more or less than his rival Senator McCain. "The mayor would be delighted to have Mr Obama take advantage of speaking at the Brandenburg Gate to spread his message," said the mayor's spokesman.
  • Israel Is 'Canceled' in Berlin

    07/07/2008 6:04:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 110+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 07, 2008
    <p>Iranian calls for the destruction of Israel are almost routine these days. But for a former official of the Islamic Republic to call for the destruction of the Jewish state in the city where the Holocaust was planned adds a repugnant twist – especially as the German government sponsored the event that gave the man from Tehran a Western stage.</p>
  • United States opens new embassy in Berlin [4th of July]

    07/04/2008 2:02:45 PM PDT · by wolf78 · 7 replies · 170+ views
    The Earth Times ^ | Fri, 04 Jul 2008 | DPA
    Berlin - The United States opened a monumental new embassy in Berlin on Friday, returning the diplomats to their rightful place, 67 years after Washington declared war on the Nazis. Former US president George HW Bush, the ambassador to Germany William Timken, and his wife Sue Timken together cut a ribbon to symbolically let VIP guests enter the 130-million-dollar chancery. The multi-storey building occupies a commanding site between the Holocaust Memorial and Brandenburg Gate. US diplomats had left the site in 1941. During the decades of communism, the empty land had been part of a desolate no-man's land along the...
  • Germany Remembers Berlin Airlift

    06/26/2008 2:27:33 PM PDT · by Cecily · 20 replies · 160+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 26, 2008
    Germany has been commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Berlin airlift, when the Western allies kept the city supplied despite a Soviet blockade. Veterans of the airlift, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, attended ceremonies in Berlin and Frankfurt. The American and British-led airlift lasted for more than a year, and involved planes delivering everything from coal to sweets. It was one of the biggest humanitarian air relief missions in history. "I find the courage with which this operation was carried out truly admirable," said German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung. A small group of veteran airmen...
  • On the 60th Anniversary of The Berlin Airlift

    06/23/2008 6:10:09 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 21 replies · 103+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | June 23, 2008 | Scott Van Wynsberghe
    It was one of the most-amazing sights of the Cold War. By the hundreds, plane after plane thundered into the Berlin airports of Gatow, Tempelhof and Tegel, often arriving at the rate of one every three minutes. The supplies they delivered during the course of about a year sustained over 22,000 Western troops and over two million German civilians huddled in the ruins of the war-ravaged city. That the chief metropolis of a former, enemy nation could suddenly become a symbol of freedom revealed much about the strange, new era the world was entering. It also said much about the...