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.

from The Great Debate UK:

Europe votes conservative in crisis

By Paul Taylor
June 8, 2009

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Europe's voters trust conservatives more than the left to handle the most severe financial and economic crisis since World War Two.

from The Great Debate UK:

D-Day’s lasting legacy

June 5, 2009

nick-hewitt_000006_1- Nick Hewitt is a historian in the Department of Research and Information at the Imperial War Museum in London. He studied history at Lancaster University and War Studies at King's College, University of London, where he specialised in naval history. He joined the Imperial War Museum in 1995. The opinions expresed are his own.-

from The Great Debate UK:

Short-time work cushions Europe in crisis

By Paul Taylor
June 3, 2009

paul-taylor-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

Unlike the 1930s, there are no hunger marches or tent cities of the homeless and jobless in Europe's biggest economic slump since the Great Depression.