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Berlin Wall's Fall (1989)

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  • 'The Iron Lady' review: Memorable performance, forgettable movie

    'The Iron Lady' review: Memorable performance, forgettable movie
    **1/2 (out of four) Much of “The Iron Lady” features post-retirement, ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) doddering around the house, imagining that her deceased husband (Jim Broadbent) is still hanging around with her....
  • The Berlin Wall, 20 years after the fall

    The Berlin Wall, 20 years after the fall
    For almost 30 years, desperate East Germans tried to drive through it, tunnel under it and fly over it. More than 136 died in the attempt. Less than two years after the Berlin Wall's construction in the early '60s, it inspired President Kennedy's "Ich...
  • Perspectives on the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Perspectives on the fall of the Berlin Wall
    We make fun of Nostradamus and numerologists, but give editors an anniversary and the floodgates open. We're anniversary-ologists, as USA Today might say. Unfortunately, trying to take the pulse of what happened in Eastern Europe in 1989 is more complex...
  • Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment

    Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment
    It was already clear, in December of 1999, that books were a dying species. Already more people seemed interested in producing novels than consuming them, and when it came to serious works, there seemed more fascination with the writer than the writing....
  • It's spy versus himself in 'The Nearest Exit'

    It's spy versus himself in 'The Nearest Exit'
    The Nearest Exit A Novel Olen Steinhauer St. Martin's/Minotaur: 404 pp., $25.99 In the last 20 years, there have been real-life events that have given pause to readers and writers of spy thrillers, events that make us reconsider the tenets of the...
  • Little-known mafia is cocaine 'king'

    Europe is fast overtaking the U.S. as the leading destination for the world's cocaine, and a single Italian mafia is largely responsible. The 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, a ruthless and mysterious network of 155 families born in the rough hills here in...
  • Kenya's conflict isn't 'tribal'

    I first started working in Kenya when conducting research for my master's degree in 1991 at the University of Nairobi. It was a time of great hope and excitement. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, we saw a resurgence of democracy's "third wave," and it...
  • What's NATO worth?

    Today's question: How far east should NATO expand? Should the United States concede Russian dominance over the Caucasus in exchange for admitting, say, Ukraine into NATO? Previously, Moynihan and Meier discussed Russia’s membership in G-8 and...
  • A moment of truth in Pakistan

    There are moments in history that prove decisive and mark a turning point for the future. The Civil War was such a moment in the United States. The fall of the Berlin Wall was such a moment for Germany and the European Union. Today is Pakistan's moment of...
  • Gorbachevs heir

    One year ago this month I found myself in the unusual position of hosting lunch for Mikhail Gorbachev. It was a work meeting at the L.A. Times, not some kind of rubber-chicken tribute (the former Soviet president was in town to talk up his Green Cross...
  • Kruegermann family's peck of pickled products

    Kruegermann family's peck of pickled products
    Kurt Kruegermann sits in the driver's seat of a weather-beaten forklift as it slowly sputters to life. A few minutes later, the 77-year-old co-owner of Kr├╝egermann Pickles & Sauerkraut flips a switch and a cardboard box filled with 1,500 pounds of cabbage...
  • 'We even smile at these stories from our parents because it seems so . . . absurd'

    Valentin Geissler has no memory of the wall. He was just 10 months old when it fell, and most of its traces have by now disappeared. But it still hovers over the city like a ghostly presence. "Sometimes I can see in the city where the wall was. . . . I...