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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...
Tags: Ukraine, Mikhail S Gorbachev, Russia, Latvia, NATO
Times Staff WriterFor Westerners, the center of Berlin suddenly shifted east when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The geographic heart of the metropolis still lies in the bohemian neighborhood of Kreuzberg, with its big, loft-like apartments and sometimes raucous night life....
Homecoming By Bernhard Schlink Pantheon, 260 pages, $24 A dozen years ago, German-born author Bernhard Schlink jolted European sensibilities with his novel "The Reader," in which a legal historian recounts his teenage affair with an older woman who was...
Tags: History, Children, Czech Republic, Columbia University, New York
TRAVEL ON THE CHEAP: Budget Travel Magazine's list of the top 10 budget destinations for 2009 includes Austin, Texas, where there are free cultural events such as the annual South By Southwest festival, Washington, which made the list because of the...
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...
Oscar voters, perhaps with an eye on recent abuses by authoritarian nation-states, bestowed the statuette for foreign language film on "The Lives of Others," a disturbing saga of secrets and lies in the former communist East Germany. Appropriately set in...
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...
Tags: Garry Kasparov, Baltic Region, Vladimir Putin, Defense, Europe
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...
Times Architecture CriticBARACK OBAMA is planning a visit to the German capital this month -- reportedly to deliver a major foreign-policy speech at Pariser Platz, the stately, almost perfectly proportioned plaza that has emerged since the fall of the Berlin Wall as the heart...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTo: Writers Guild of America, West President Patric Verrone From: Patrick Goldstein Dear Patric: Well, when it rains, it really pours, huh? It's been hard to get you on the phone, but I can imagine you've been a little overwhelmed these last few days,...
Tags: Kanye West, NAACP, Unions, Los Angeles Times, Demonstration
Staff reporterMONDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND A NIGHT WITH MICHAEL PENNINGTON Tonight we will be joined by an accomplished British Shakespearean actor, namely Michael Pennington. We’ll discuss Shakespeare, Pennington’s long and distinguished career, and the one-...
Staff reporterWEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST INTERNET ONLY Tune in to our special Internet-only broadcast as Milt presides (live!) over a replay of a classic program. We begin around 8:30pm with a musical introduction, with the program beginning promptly at 9pm. Listen only at...
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