January 12, 1990 |
East German Prime Minister Hans Modrow on Thursday defended his plan for a new internal security force and tried to quell growing dissent by indicating that the opposition could have a part in his government. Thousands of people formed a human chain around Parliament after Modrow's speech to lawmakers, and a non-Communist partner in the coalition government repeated threats to quit the Cabinet. An independent trade union movement threatened to call a nationwide strike Jan.
December 15, 1989 |
East Germany's Communist government sought to satisfy a major demand of the country's mass opposition movement Thursday by abolishing the state agency in charge of the huge and hated secret police apparatus. Spokesmen for the Office of National Security told Western journalists that the institution was being shut down and its responsibilities distributed among other ministries.
April 3, 1990 |
East Germany's opposition leader, Ibrahim Boehme, abruptly resigned Monday, becoming the second key politician forced out amid allegations of having spied for the reviled secret police. Steps towards a coalition government meanwhile faltered, and controversy over a currency union between the two Germanys threatened to hamper reunification.
January 13, 1990
It is with sadness and dismay that I ponder the recent grooming codes imposed on the men with facial hair by the Queen Mary and its parent company Walt Disney. For many men, including myself, the question of whether or not to have facial hair is not necessarily a personal choice. Unfortunately, I have a medical condition, as do many black men, and the condition is called pseudofolliculitis barbae.
September 12, 1988
Three East Germans escaped over the Berlin Wall to the West during the weekend without being shot at by East German border guards, West Berlin police said. The incidents pointed up East Germany's new, but unannounced, policy of not shooting to kill in pursuing escapees. As a result, the number of defections has dramatically increased this year, according to a West Berlin group that monitors the defections.
March 17, 1990 |
Thousands of East Germans scrambled to buy a real-life Cold War thriller Friday as the newly published secrets of the disbanded secret police became that nation's best-selling book. Hundreds of people stood in line for hours to buy the little yellow volume, eager to know how they had been spied on and lied to in decades of hard-line Communist rule. The decision to publish was made by the interim government.