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Pertti Ahonen Reviews Edith Sheffer’s “Burned Bridge: How The East And West Germans Made The Iron Curtain” | The New Republic

 Burned Bridge: How the East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain by Edith Sheffer Oxford University Press, 384 pp., $29.95 THE IRON CURTAIN between the two Germanys has received a fair share of public attention in recent years. The twentieth anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall constituted …

Last East German president Gerlach dies

BERLIN (AP) — German media are reporting that the last president of the former East Germany, Manfred Gerlach, has died. He was 83.   Gerlach’s widow and unidentified close friends told the Tagesspiegel newspaper, MDR state broadcaster and other German media that Gerlach died late Monday in a Berlin hospital …

Nepal’s Stalled Revolution – NYTimes.com

Kathmandu I WAS at a dinner party in Kathmandu when a journalist friend looked at her cell phone and made a joyous announcement: “Mubarak’s gone!” “Really?” “He left Cairo for Sharm el-Sheikh. The army’s taken charge,” she said. No one at that Feb. 11 party, neither the foreign-educated Nepalis nor …