from The Great Debate:

Moscow uses tanks, Berlin words in World War Two commemorations

By Lucian Kim
May 8, 2015

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square in central Moscow

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank (front) during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

from The Great Debate:

How Vladimir Putin’s skewed view of World War Two threatens his neighbors and the West

By Lucian Kim
April 13, 2015

Russian President Putin attends a meeting dedicated to the organisation of upcoming events and celebrations on Victory Day, in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall to attend a meeting dedicated to the organisation of upcoming events and celebrations on Victory Day, marking the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two on May 9, at the Kremlin in Moscow, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS)

from The Great Debate:

Ukraine looking more like Poland on the brink of World War Two

By John Lloyd
January 28, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen attend a ceremony to bless ambulances in the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral in central Kiev

Ukrainian servicemen attend a ceremony to bless ambulances in the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral) in central Kiev January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

from Photographers' Blog:

Tales of War: Scapa Flow and the Grand Scuttle

June 19, 2014

Orkney, United Kingdom

By Nigel Roddis

Flying over the lush, green islands of Orkney in Scotland, it is hard to imagine the area as an important naval base during the two World Wars. But a wide expanse of water south of Orkney mainland used to be just that.

from The Great Debate:

70 years after D-Day, some companies still struggle with their dark WWII history

By Peter Gumbel
June 5, 2014

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As the world marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day this week with films, TV and radio broadcasts and dozens of new books specially published for the occasion, you might think that by now we know everything there is to know about World War Two. Check out any library or bookstore, and the amount of shelf-space dedicated to the 12 years of Hitler’s Third Reich often exceeds that of any other period in history, by far.

from Global Investing:

When Japan was an emerging country

June 12, 2013

Recent wild swings in Japan's financial markets -- stocks, bonds and the yen -- make Japan look almost like an emerging country.

from FaithWorld:

Pope, ending his British trip, recalls Nazi terror in WW2

September 19, 2010

london in blitzPope Benedict on Sunday expressed "shame and horror" over the wartime suffering caused by his German homeland and said he was moved to mark the 70th anniversary of a key air victory with Britons.

from FaithWorld:

Theologians, historians urge Benedict to slow Pius XII saint process

February 18, 2010

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Undated photo of Pope Pius XII from the archives of the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano

from Global News Journal:

The two faces of Angela Merkel

November 19, 2009
  The German chancellor was described by Forbes last month as the world's most powerful woman, listing her as 15th overall in its ranking of the World’s Most Powerful people.  Certainly, Merkel has been known to bare her teeth when it comes to castigating others like Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe and she even rebuked Russia’s Vladimir Putin on foreign trips. She did also raise her voice against Pope Benedict, calling on him to make clear the Vatican does not tolerate any denial of the Holocaust.   

 

from Global News Journal:

“Give peace a chance….”

September 4, 2009

What if they gave a concert for peace and nobody heard it?

That twist on the old peace slogan – “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” – came to mind after the World Orchestra for Peace -– an occasional ensemble of some of the world’s best classical musicians –- played a concert in Krakow on September 1 to mark the Nazi invasion of Poland 70 years ago that started World War Two.