Tracing the division of Berlin Teufelsberg Listening Station After World War II, this area was used to deposit debris. Rubble from the war was collected to form the Teufelsberg, the highest elevation in West Berlin. During the Cold War, the US National Security Agency used the hill as a listening station. From here, military radio signals from the Warsaw Pact countries could be intercepted, monitored and jammed. … [Read more...] about ‘Wings of Desire’: Wim Wenders’ restored masterpiece revives divided Berlin
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Halliburton was home to one of the most high-profile revolving door appointments in the history of the military industrial complex. Dick Cheney was US Secretary of Defence from 1989 to 1993 under George HW Bush. After that, he became chief exec of Halliburton until 2000. In 2000, he was George W Bush’s running mate for his successful White House run. His term as Vice President saw him play a key role in both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. … [Read more...] about The Iraq War, private military contractors and ‘dividing the spoils’ – was this the Deep State in action?
"One way we could start is to collectively acknowledge that nobody can really claim digital streams as exclusive property. So let them flow freely – from everyone, fans included – instead of only from companies that have cut deals with the copyright holders. Services like Spotify might continue to operate as they are, with their pittance of revenue sharing, but they would have to compete in an open market of free streaming by musicians and fans. … [Read more...] about Spotify vs Musicians: 10 things to read to better understand the debate
Pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants are facing an uncertain future. Social distancing requirements mean there is little chance of returning to anything like normal trade and profits. They now face having to pay towards the government’s furlough scheme when some will not even be able to open their doors. We spoke to enterprises ranging from a Glasgow nightclub to an upmarket London restaurant chain to ask how – or if – they can get back to work. … [Read more...] about Venues in crisis: ‘We couldn’t survive if we opened 10 nights a week’
In so doing the 42-year-old seamstress gave voice to a spirit of resistance in a place and at a time when the world preferred black women to remain silent. Her throat was so dry after her arrest that she longed for a drink of water. It would remain parched for some time because the water fountain at the city jail was for whites only. … [Read more...] about Taking a stand by sitting down