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World Fascinating photos show what life was like in East and West Berlin at the height of the Cold War

11:15  09 november  2019
11:15  09 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

The spy who loved me? West German recalls Stasi manipulation, imprisonment

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Potsdamer Platz in East Berlin in August 1960 before the Berlin Wall was built. This faces west in the days when traffic moved freely between West and East But the differences between the two areas eventually became stark, with West Berlin rapidly evolving into a showcase for the capitalist way of life .

In his book Berlin In The Cold War he includes images he recorded between 1959 and 1966, both before and after the building of the Berlin Wall Potsdamer Platz in East Berlin in August 1960 before the Berlin Wall was built. This faces west in the days when traffic moved freely between West

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country, renewing questions over what happened to him.

FILE - In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was "on going," without elaborating. The Associated Press obtained the text of the filing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was "on going," without elaborating.

Thirty years after it fell, Berlin Wall lives on in parks, squares and souvenirs

  Thirty years after it fell, Berlin Wall lives on in parks, squares and souvenirs Thirty years after it fell, Berlin Wall lives on in parks, squares and souvenirsWhen euphoric Germans clambered on top of the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, smashing it with hammers, it was hard to imagine it had a future.

The haunting, eerie city of Berlin at the height of the Cold War is captured in a series of fascinating pics by British photographer Allan Hailstone, who shot the Potsdamer Platz in East Berlin in August 1960 before the Berlin Wall was built. This faces west in the days when traffic moved freely between

The wall, which surrounded West Berlin , was erected at the height of the Cold War in 1961by Communist East Germany to prevent East A classical 12-column gateway, the Brandenburg Gate has stood roughly at the centre of Berlin since its completion as a monument to peace in 1791.

It wasn't immediately clear how long the case had been open, nor the circumstances by which it started. However, it comes amid a renewed push to find him with an offer of $20 million for information from the Trump administration amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. That's in addition to $5 million earlier offered by the FBI.

The Associated Press on Saturday obtained the text of Iran's filing to the U.N.'s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

"According to the last statement of Tehran's Justice Department, Mr. Robert Alan Levinson has an on going case in the Public Prosecution and Revolutionary Court of Tehran," the filing said.

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Built by East German officials allied with Soviets, the wall aimed to stop those in East Germany from going to West and came to represent the ideological differences between the Eastern Bloc and western countries at the time. People who tried to flee from the East after the wall went up faced

It did not elaborate. Iran's Revolutionary Court typically handles espionage cases and others involving smuggling, blasphemy and attempts to overthrow its Islamic government. Westerners and Iranian dual nationals with ties to the West often find themselves tried and convicted in closed-door trials in these courts, only later to be used as bargaining chips in negotiations.

Iran's mission to the U.N. did not immediately respond to a request for comment and its state media has not acknowledged the case.

The Washington Post first reported on the ongoing case.

Levinson disappeared from Iran's Kish Island on March 9, 2007. For years, U.S. officials would only say that Levinson, a meticulous FBI investigator credited with busting Russian and Italian mobsters, was working for a private firm on his trip.

In December 2013, the AP revealed Levinson in fact had been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations. Levinson's family had received a $2.5 million annuity from the CIA in order to stop a lawsuit revealing details of his work, while the agency forced out three veteran analysts and disciplined seven others.

Berlin bans actors from impersonating US soldiers at iconic Cold War crossing

  Berlin bans actors from impersonating US soldiers at iconic Cold War crossing Authorities in Berlin have banned a group of actors from wearing U.S. Army uniforms at Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Cold War-era crossing that divided the city and was heavily guarded by Soviet and American troops. © Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 09: A portrait of a U.S. soldier stands illuminated at former Checkpoint Charlie, where U.S. and Soviet tanks confronted each other in the early years of the Cold War on January 09, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. U.S. President Donald Trump, who recently announced that the U.S. will no longer play the role of global policeman and who has mocked the U.S.

West Berliners welcome East Germans at Invalidenstrasse. Photograph : Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters. The Greek lifeguards stood by chuckling. My memory of the 9th and 10th of November is mainly that of an extraordinary televisual experience, that vividness that – for the first time – made me feel like

I visited West Berlin a few times during the early 80's, by flights as well as by rail. It was an amazing experience - the city was grandly built - both modern I think the relief that I felt when I came back to the West was the true reflection of what it used to be like . I do not have the language skills to be able

Since his disappearance, the only photos and video of Levinson emerged in 2010 and 2011. He appeared gaunt and bearded with long hair, and was wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to those worn by detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

The video, with a Pashtun wedding song popular in Afghanistan playing in the background, showed Levinson complaining of poor health.

Rumors about him have circulated for years, with one account claiming he was locked up in a Tehran prison run by Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard and U.S. officials suggesting he may not be in Iran at all. Dawud Salahuddin, an American fugitive living in Iran who is wanted for the assassination of a former Iranian diplomat in Maryland in 1980, is the last known person to have seen Levinson before his disappearance. Iran has offered a series of contradictory statements about Levinson in the time since. It asked the U.N. group to close its investigation into Levinson in February, saying "no proof has been presented by the claimant in this case to prove the presence of the aforesaid in Iran's detention centres."

German intelligence agencies open new spy school in Berlin .
BERLIN (AP) — A room full of grey suits, strict instructions only to photograph the audience from behind and — of course — a medley of James Bond tunes to lighten the mood. Germany's intelligence agencies on Tuesday inaugurated a joint training center in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and that to this day remains a hotspot of espionage. The heads of the foreign and domestic spy agencies officially opened the Center for Intelligence Service Training close to where the Berlin Wall once sliced the city in two, fulfilling German lawmakers' demands that they cut costs by merging their long-separate training facilities

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