Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it’s another president with Illinois roots who offers lessons to which people today can more easily relate, say officials of Ronald Reagan's alma mater. Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932. He went on to become a sports broadcaster, movie and television actor, governor of California and the 40th president of the United States. “The Reagan story is the quintessential Illinois story,” said Michael Murtagh, the college’s vice president for institutional advancement. “He is a person who came from small-town Illinois and made a difference in the world.” As noted by Mike Thurwanger, head of the Reagan Leadership Program at the college: “One of the things he offers is the understanding that an individual from humble beginnings can rise to a position where he has an impact on the world.” While not downgrading the importance of Abraham Lincoln, Murtagh notes: “Lincoln grew up in a … [Read more...] about Officials from Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College, reflect on his legacy
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There is a corner of Berlin where the golden age of U.S.-German relations lingers on.Visitors to the Allied Museum on Clayallee -- a boulevard named for General Lucius Clay, commander in chief of U.S. forces in Europe after World War II -- are greeted by a propeller aircraft that flew in supplies to West Berlin during the Soviet blockade of 1948-49, ensuring the city remained an island of western freedom in a sea of communist control.An exhibition called “How enemies became friends” features the military uniform and wedding dress of a postwar German-American couple. There’s also a self-made parachute U.S. pilot Gail Halvorsen used to drop Hershey bars to Berlin’s children, earning him the nickname “The Candy Bomber.”“This is still very much considered the good America,” said Florian Weiss, curator of the museum founded in 1994 as a thank-you to the U.S. for its protection during the Cold War and financed by the German government. … [Read more...] about Merkel-Trump Clashes Push Germany to Watershed Moment With U.S.
(CNN)Here's some background information about the Berlin Wall, which enclosed West Berlin from 1961 to 1989, in an attempt to prevent East Berliners from fleeing to the West. It became a symbol of East/West relations during the Cold War. The Wall:The Berlin Wall began as a temporary border of barbed wire fencing and evolved into a fortified concrete barrier with armed East German border guards. East Germany militarized the entire border with the West, laying over one million land mines and deploying around 3,000 attack dogs. The wall between East and West Berlin was nearly 12 feet high and approximately 27 miles long, containing 302 guard towers and 55,000 anti-personnel explosive devices (landmines). To prevent attempts to scale the wall, or escape by digging underneath, the wall was reinforced with wires, mines, pipes, trenches and wire-mesh fencing. Read More A wide-open area of dirt and sand, a buffer zone between the two walls, became known as "no man's land" or the "death … [Read more...] about Berlin Wall Fast Facts
On Feb. 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was riding high as he celebrated his 73rd birthday in Dixon, the county seat of Lee County and the town where he lived as a youth for a dozen years starting in 1920. More than half a century earlier, Reagan had ventured forth from his hometown to earn a bachelor’s degree at Eureka College, Class of 1932 – not an easy feat during the Great Depression. Then he became a radio sports announcer in Iowa, an actor in about 50 Hollywood movies, president of the Screen Actors Guild, a TV personality and spokesman for General Electric. Turning to politics in the 1960s, he served as governor of California for two terms and, on his third try, was elected 40th president of the U.S. His hometown birthday bash in 1984 found Reagan – tall, handsome and known for his sense of humor – in good spirits as he addressed a crowd that packed Dixon High School’s Lancaster Gymnasium. His speech came after he and his wife, Nancy, rode in a … [Read more...] about Reagan’s Illinois: A place of honor, integrity, kindness
The global chaos that the media like to depict — micro-conflicts, mass migration, terrorist bombings and massacres of civilians, with major powers like Russia, Turkey and Trump’s America cynically pursuing their own interests — goes back to the early 1990s. The fall of the Berlin Wall seemed to herald an age of happy globalisation under US auspices, and western intervention in the first Gulf war still fitted the UN framework; but in the 1990s the US attempted to impose new rules. Kosovo, in 1999, was a test, as those pursuing it attempted to establish an official right to interfere in internal affairs. The vision of happy globalisation peaked with the 2011 intervention in Libya, which revealed dangerous contradictions. The international order established in 1945 has faced many crises, but its basis remains the humanist social principles of the Philadelphia conference on social rights (1944) and the San Francisco conference on prohibition of war (1945), which led to … [Read more...] about The end of the UN’s world order ?