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The fall of the Berlin Wall is a symbol of the Cold War in post-World War II Europe and it illustrated the gap between two political ideologies; Capitalism and Communism

30 years ago, some people in Germany were isolated from the rest of the world. They were trapped inside the Berlin Wall that was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

Construction of the Wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) on 13 August 1961. The Wall cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin.

The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspriring to prevent the «will of the people» in building a socialist state in East Germany. GDR authorities officially referred to the Berlin Wall as the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart.

The West Berlin city government sometimes referred to it as the «Wall of Shame», a term coined by mayor Willy Brandt in reference to the Wall`s restriction on freedom of movement. The wall came to symbolize physically the «Iron Curtain» that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Reagan on Friday, saying he «courageously denounced the greatest threat to that freedom, the Soviet Empire, the evil Empire.» Reagan held a speech in 1987, but John F Kennedy said «Ich bin ein Berliner» in a speech in West Berlin, on June 26, 1963.

That speech is widely regarded as the best-known speech of the Cold War and the most famous anti-communist speech.

Kennedy aimed to underline the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Soviet-occupied East Germany erected the Berliin Wall to prevent mass emigration to the West. The message was aimed as much at the Soviets as it was at Berliners and was a clear statement of U.S policy in the wake of the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Another phrase in the speech was also spoken in German, «Lasst sie nach Berlin kommen» (Let them come to Berlin»), addressed at those who claimed «we can work with the Communists», a remark at which Nikita Khrushchev scoffed only days later.

Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the United States for its support in reunification in a speech on Friday. Kennedy`s speech «Ich bin ein Berliner», and Ronald Reagan`s memorable Berlin sentence from 1987, «Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall,» as well as Barrack Obama`s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in 2016, are in all German`s memories.

Germany`s capital, Berlin was deep within the area controlled after World War II by the Soviet Union. Initially governed in four sectors controlled by the four Allied powers (United States, United Kingdom, France and the Soviet Union).

Tensions of the Cold War escalated until the Soviet forces implemented the Berlin Blockade, which the Western allies relieved with the dramatic airlift. Afterward, the sectors border between East and West was closed everywhere but in Berlin.

Hundreds of thousands of East Germans defected to the West via West Berlin, a labour drain that threatened East Germany with economic collapse.

In 1961, the East German government under Walter Ulbricht erected a barbed-wire barrier around West Berlin, officially called the antifaschistischer Schutzwall (anti-fascist protective barrier).

The East German authorities argued that it was meant to prevent spies and agents of West Germany from crossing into East. However, it was universally known as the Berliin Wall and its real purpose was to keep East German citizens from escaping to the West.

The Wall closed the biggest loophole in the Iron Curtain, and Berlin went from being one of the easiest places to cross from East Europe to West Europe to being one of the most difficult.

The West, including the U.S., was accused of failing to respond forcefully to the erection of the Wall. Officially, Berlin was under joint occupation by the four allied powers, each with primary responsibility for a certain zone.

Kennedy`s speech marked the first instance where the U.S acknowledged that East Berlin was part of the Soviet bloc along with the rest of East Germany. On July 25, 1961, Kennedy insisted in a presidential address that the U.S would defend West Berlin, asserting its Four-Power rights, while making it clear that challenging the Soviet presence in Germany was not possible.

30 years ago, in 1989, a series of revolutions in nearby Eastern Bloc countries, Poland and Hungary in particular, caused a chain reaction in East Germany that ultimately resulted in the demise of the Wall.

After several weeks of unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the Wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere.

The «fall of the Berlin Wall» paved the way for German reunification, which formally took place on 3 October 1990.

Some people in Berlin say that they are more divided today than 30 years ago. It actually started right after World War II. East Germany differed from West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany), which developed into a Western capitalist country with a social market economy and a democratic parliamentary government.

Continual economic growth starting in the 1950`s fueled a 20-year «economic miracle». As West Germany`s eceonomy grew, and its standard of living steadily improved, many East Germans wanted to move to West Germany.

Today, we can see that it all boil down to one ting: The richest people in Germany live in the West.

Big companies and high income is missing in the East were only 36 og Germany`s 500 biggest companies have headquarters. In 1991, East Germany`s GDP per capita was equivalent to just 43 percent of that in West Germany, but now it`s 75 percent (2018). According to a poll, most East Germans still feel like «second class citizens.»

About 2 million people have left the East for the West after the fall of the wall, and two thirds of them were women. The Eastern population is older, poorer and more male. Only two soccer teams out of 18 are from the East. Interestigly, the far-right is doing it better in the East.

It all goes back to Stalin and the Communists. The German Democratic Republic (GDP, East Germany) was declared on 7 October 1949. By a secret treaty, the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs accorded the East German state administrative authority, but not autonomy. The Soviet permeated East German administrative, military and secret police structure and had full control.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said schools were «a justifiable source of pride for the East Germans.» OECD said that while education system in the former West focused on dividing children into different ability groups early on, the Eastern system was more equitable.

But after the fall of the wall, the East was eager to do everything in the Western way, even education. The education system in the East become more unequal. Kids drops out of school and are worce off in the East than in the West. In West Germany, people look back at East Germany in a very negative sense.

The West are more conservative and religious. Politically, Germany is still very divided. Voters in the former Communist states are voting the far-right AfD.

You can see what the communists have done to the mindset and the community. We know the story of one of the founders of Google, Sergei Brin. His parents escaped from Moscow to the United States. They separated the kids on the school. Brin couldn`t participate with the other kids in gym and matematics.

Indoctrination of Marxism-Leninism became a compulsory part of the school curricula, sending professors and students fleeing to the West. The East Germans created an elaborate political police apparatus that kept the population under close surveillance, inluding Soviet SMERSH secret police.

Who wants to live in a hell like this? The emigrants tended to be young and well-educated, leading to the brain drain feared by officials in East Germany. They stated «the flight of the intelligentsia has reached a particularly critical phase.»

The loss was disproportionately heavy among professionals, engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers, lawyers and skilled workers. The brain drain of professionals had become so damaging to the political credibility and economic viability of the East Germany that the re-securing of the German communist frontier was imperative.

Following World War II, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin headed a group of nations on his Western border, the Eastern Bloc, that then included Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, which he wished to maintain alongside a weakened Soviet-controlled Germany.

As early as 1945, Stalin revealed to German communist leaders that he expected to slowly undermine the British position within the British occupation zone, that the United States would withdraw within a year or two, and that nothing would then stand in the way of a unified communist Germany within the bloc.

The major task of the ruling communist party in the Soviet zone was to channel Soviet orders down to both the administrative apparatus and the other bloc parties, which in turn would be presented as internal measures.

Property and industry was nationalized in the East German zone. If statements or decisions deviated from the described line, reprimands and punishment would ensure, such as imprisonment, torture and even death.

In 1949, following disagreements regarding reconstruction and a new German currency, Stalin instituted the Berlin Blockade, preventing food, materials and supplies from arriving in West Berlin. The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries began a massive «airlift», supplying West Berlin with food and other supplies.

The Soviets mounted a public relations campaign against the Western policy change. Communists attempted to disrupt the elections of 1948, preceding large losses therein, while 300,000 Berliners demonstrated for the international airlift to continue. In May 1949, Stalin lifted the blockade, permintting the resumption of Western shipments to Berlin.

After the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe at the end of World War II, the majority of those living in the newly acquried areas of the Eastern Bloc aspired to independence and wanted the Soviets to leave.

Taking advantage of the zonal border between accupied zones in Germany the number of GDR citizens moving to West Germany totaled 187,000 in 1950. 165,000 in 1951. 182,000 in 1952, and 331,000 in 1953.

One reason for the sharp 1953 increase was fear of potential further Sovietization, given the increasingly paranoid actions of Joseph Stalin in late 1952 and early 1953.

The fall of the Berlin Wall is a symbol of the Cold War in post-World War II Europe. The Wall separated East and West Berlin for 28 years, and it illustrated the gap between two political ideologies; Capitalism and Communism.

On Saturday 9 November, Berlin will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the peaceful revolution and the fall of the wall.

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China is staging one of its biggest military parades ever while Hong Kong`s protesters made a “Chinazi” flag

China is staging one of its biggest military parades ever. It`s a celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule as pure, political triumph. It is set to be the largest military parade and mass pageant in Chinese history.

The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of The People`s Republic of China is an upcoming ceremonial event with a grand military parade as its spotlight to celebrate National Day of the People`s Republic of China that is scheduled to take place on 1 October 2019 in Beijing.

President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping, who will be the guest of honor, will give the holiday address to the nation and Chinese expatriates abrod before inspecting the formations along Chang`an Avenue.

The Communist Party of China had defeated the Kuomintang Party following the Chinese Civil War, which occurred intermittently between 1927 and 1949. In the aftermath of the civil war, the Kuomintang and its loyalists then retreated to the island of Formosa (also known as Taiwan), formerly a prefecture of the Qing Empire, which had been under Japanese colonial rule from 1895 to 1945.

The founding of the People`s Republic of China was formally proclaimed by Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, on 1 October 1949 at 03:00 pm in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

The first public parade of the then new People`s Liberation Army took place there, following the chairman`s address of the formal foundation of the new republic. Before this, as the national anthem March of the Volunteers was played, the new national flag of the People`s Republic of China was officially unveiled to the newly founded nation and hoisted for the first time during the celebrations as a 21-gun salute fired in the distance.

In its early years, the People`s Republic of China was not internationally recognized as the Republic of China held its seat in the United Nations and the Security Council as the sole legitimate government of «China» by the United States and Western nations.

A massive National Day fireworkks display had been planned along the harbour in Hong Kong to celebrate the 70th anniversary. As it has done every year since 1997, Hong Kong government cancelled them «for safety reasons» over the protests in the city that have lasted since March.

Safety is one thing. Popularity is another. Hong Kongers doesn`t like Beijing and China.

Hong Kongers have made a new poster: swastikas and the term «Chinazi.»

A few weeks ago, the protesters marched to the US consulate to urge Congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Many had American flags. Others had a red flag with yellow stars arranged in the shape of a swastika.

A week later they all had a «Chinazi» flag made by local pro-democracy party people power. They also made a banner that cast chief executive Carrie Lam as an unmistakable Hitler, giving her the lavel «Butcher Carrie» against a backdrop of yellow swastikas.

On Sunday 29 September, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the divvying up of occupied Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union, Hong Kongers held a large protest, alternately dubbed the «Global Anti-Totalitarianism March» and the «Global Anti-Chinazi March,» alongside dozens of citis around the world.

«Chinazi» is drawing comparisons between the Holocaust`s concentration camps and China`s internment camps in Xinjiang.

Hitler and the Nazis committed one of the worst atrocities ever in human history, orchestrating a state-sponsored genocide that led to the murder of millions of people. Not only Jews, but also political opponents, gay men, roman`s, gipsy`s and millions of mentally and physically handicapped induviduals.

Comparing China to Nazi Germany comes from the author of the book; Nazi China, written by the exiled Chinese writer Yu Jie. The man also wrote a biography of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate and activist Liu Xiaobo.

Chinese state media called Hong Kong`s protesters «Blacknazi,» while the police called them «cockroaches,» and protesters regularly refer to police as «dogs.»

Hitler and the Nazi`s committed one of the worst atrocities ever in human history. They were the worst state-sponsored terrorist group in human history. Trump talked about freedom of religion, hate crime and state-sponsored torror in his UN speech last week, and the term «Chinazi» sends a warning to the world. The history may repeat itself.

Since the handover in 1997, the share of people in Hong Kong identifying as Chinese have declined, reaching 38,6 percent in 2008. Today, the number is just 10,8 percent. Meanwhile, the share of people identifying as HongKongers has increased dramatically over the last decade, hitting 53 percent this year.

China Central Television (CCTV) is expected to mainly broadcast sychronously for domestic and foreign TV channels with CCTV-1 as the producing channel for the celebrations, while national, provincial and city broadcasters and TV stations, domestic internet video, portals, and live webcast sites may also broadcast the event simultaneously.

The China Media Group (general station) may also broadcast live overseas through websites such as YouTube.

People in China are grateful and loyal and accept the Communist Party and their lack of political freedom because they have benefited from this explosion of material wealth and opportunity. Don`t forget that free market Capitalism made China rich.

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Communism vs Capitalism

Tons of Democrats wants to beat president Donald Trump and be the next president of the United States. The Democrats had the first debate and president Trump calls the first Democratic presidential primary debate «Boring.» And he is not alone.

Ocasio-Cotez says debate reminded her of high school class where some students didnt do their homevork. The Democrats are in real trouble when AOC mocks them all saying «not doing your homework.» Maybe the Russians have hacked NBCs audio feed during the debate, but they acted all like a Comedy Central.

Trump said in an interview thirty years ago that he was tierd of seeing the country being ripped off. It seems like someone have tried to destroy the U.S, but Trump is making it great again. The debate is about two things; Socialism/Communism and Capitalism.

If you ask some capitalists, they will say the debate was scary where the candidates on the stage lurch further towards socialism. A total reworking of the U.S democracy. They were demonizing capitalism. They were demonizing job creators. People on the left side is now too extreme for many.

There is no doubt that capitalism is working. Just look at Cuba or Venezuela. Two extreme socialist/communist countries with one big problem; there is no growth. The debate made Trump a winner because the growth have never been better in the U.S. In other words; Trump`s economy is his strongest card right now.

There are people from Cuba and Venezuela living in the U.S right now and they are very frightened because they know how it is to live in a socialist/communist country. They can see similarities; they promise free stuff for everybody, but they all know that in the end it will be a government takeover, and then it becomes oppression. In other words;

DON`T FEED THE BEAST!

I have written about communist-China for years and what we see in Hong Kong is the same. They demonstrate against the one rule communist party in Beijing. They still want a «one country, two systems» model. They want to be independent and govern themselves.

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher said in the 80`s in a meeting with communist leader Deng Xiaoping that Hong Kong must be able to retain its way of life, legal system, their economic system, freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of association. Freedom of religious worship.

These are fundamental freedoms, Thatcher said.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo wanted democracy and freedom but the communist-party in China put him in jail for that. The one-rule communist-party doesn`t care about human rights. Nor do the Godless communists care about christians. Or muslims.

The totalitarian and authoritarian one-rule communist party in Beijing hav built a network of internment camps in Xinjiang where hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighurs are beleved to have been detained.

Uighur journaist and activist Gulchehra Hoja have warned about the consentration camps in Xinjiang which is similar to Holocoust and crazy things that happened thousands of years ago. It`s all about communist propaganda.

In the camps, they get up at 5 am. They do a lot of learning. They start the day by singing songs for two hours a day. Sometimes three or four hours. The text goes like this: «Without the Communist party, there will be no new China.»

the prisoners watch movies that praise Xi Jinping and also the Communist Party. They would also tell them about religion, saying: «There is no such a thing as religion. Why do you beliee in religion? There is no God. Do you have a Coran at home?»

You will lose your freedom if you feed the beast too much. The government will blow up and be an arrogant intellectual idiot. 30 years ago, the one-rule communist party in China killed its own citizens who wanted democracy and freedom. Communists do not care about the rule of law. There is only one side; their side.

China is a totalitarian and authoritarian police state. They control the people by fear and silencing them all. If you say something about the president, they will put you in jail. If you say something about democracy, they will put you in jail. You have no freedom of speech.

So can be said about Turkey and Erdogan. A Nationalist state which is totalitarian and authoritarian. Erdogan controls the police, military and media. Plenty of journalists in Turekey are put in prison. The economy is a disaster and people in Turkey want a change.

The government is your servant, not your master!

You have lost your freedom if your government treat you like a doormat. This is the point were the government have become a beast. Your enemy. A system against you which is totally wrong and insane because you are paying their wages; tax money.

Some countries in the West have China as a role model and you are hereby warned. The battle is between communists and capitalists. So who are the Americans gonna vote for? So far, I think president Trump is the big winner and the radical socialists are in trouble.

4th of July is approaching and it`s a rally for FREEDOM!

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Socialism vs Capitalism

Bernie Sanders announced earlier today that he is running for presidency 2020. He is a democratic socialist on the left side who is fighting against president Donald Trump who is a Republican, businessman and a capitalist on the right side. Left vs Right. Socialism vs Capitalism.

President Donald Trump had a very strong and powerful state of the union speech a few days ago. In the speech, he made it clear that the U.S will never be a socialist state. The contrast between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders could not be clearer.

We all know that the «hate Trump media» are working close with people on the left side, and we all know that the «hate Trump media» are attacking him every day. We also know that FBI and the Deep State are on the same team. They try to destroy him.

Bernie Sanders said in his speech on Tuesday that people are living in a pivotal and dangerous moment in American history. Furthermore, he said «We are running against a president who is a pathological liar. A fraud. A racist. A Sexist. A Xenophobe, and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.

This is exactly what the «hate Trump media» have told us in years now and Mr Sanders obviously share this ideas.

He said «I am running for president because now more than ever we need leadership that brings us together. Not divides us up. Women and men, black, white, latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native-born and immigrant; Now is the time for us to stand together.»

«I`m running for president because we need leadership that will fight for working families and the shrinking middle class. Not just the 1%»

«We need a president who understand that we can create millions of good-paying jobs. Rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and constructing the affordable housing we desperately need.»

«I`m running for president because we need trade policies that reflect the interest of workers and not multinational corporations. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage.”

«I`m running for president because we need to understand that artificial intelligence and robotics must benefit the needs of workers. Not just corporate America and those who own that technology.»

At the end of the speech, Mr Sanders said; «together we can create a nation that leads the world in the struggle for peace and for economic, racial, social and environmental justice. And together, we can defeat Donald Trump and repair the damage he has done to our country.»

President Donald Trump are working hard to make America great, but according to Bernie Sanders, he have destroyed the country. Whaaaaat?

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The United States are growing faster than China

The world`s biggest economy is the United States followed by China, and sooner or later, China will replace the locomotive and be the biggest economy in the world. You can delay it, but it will happen in this century anyway.

They are both in conflict with each other with tariff tensions and a trade war. A strategy that is bad for both of them in the long run. The U.S is waiting for China to come to the table and make a fair deal. Today is the first day of talks to renegotiate the trade dispute between them. A deal that President Donald Trump repudiated.

Take a look at the chart above. Surprisingly, the U.S is more productive than China. Twice as much. The US economy advanced an annualized 3,4 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2018 while the Chinese economy grew by “only” 1,6 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months to September last year.

The Chinese economy is slowing and this has been going on for a while. But it`s not because of the trade war. China obviously have some problems and the China-U.S tension is one of them, but this is not the first time China and the U.S are in conflict with each other.

Deng Xiaoping and President Jimmy Carter signed a historic accord in 1979 and then reversed decades of China-U.S tension. Deng Xiaoping was a Chinese revolutionary and veteran of the Communist Party and he was eager to adopt capitalist methods and reforms in order to stimulate economic growth and restore confidence in the party.

Today, China has embraced capitalism but remains Leninist at heart. The founder of the Soviet Union, and his Bolshevik revolution, Vladimir Lenin changed China`s economic and political landscape.

Lenins Russian revolution in 1917 have a causal relationship with the birth of Chinas Communist Party in 1921 and the founding of the People`s Republic of China in 1949. As Mao Zedong once said: “The salvoes of the October revolution brought Marxism-Leninism to China.”

Lenin has played a much bigger role in China than Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The wholesale execution of enemies inspired Mao`brutal dictatorship and his launch of the Cultural Revolution under the theory of “continuous revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat.”

Now, China has changed dramatically since Deng Xiaopings free-market reforms and Maos terrifying Leninist experiment in utopia. Now, China is the world`s second largest economy. 70 percent of the “socialist” economy is privately owned and nobody have more billionaires than China right now.

China is more a Leninist capitalist state than a Marxist socialist one. 800 million people in the middle class has jumped on the consumerism train in only a couple of decades under the stewardship of communist totalitarianism. Leninism`s lasting legacy.

On the other side, China has a debt crisis and a real estate bubble, so the question is; when will China collapse, and will it cause a global crisis? China is declining and it will continue to do so. Lending money to Kenya or Venezuela to name a few, are putting them all in a debt trap and it remain to see that Beijing can afford it. I`m in doubt.

Xi Jinping and his leaders know that they are in a very weak position, so they have to come to the table and make a deal with the U.S.

The stock market is in a correction territory at the moment. Investors have priced in two rate hikes this year and some U.S-China tension fear, but Trump reports “Big Progress” in trade talks with China were top trained negotiators came to the table earlier today.

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