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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.