08/24/2008

Cold war to remember : Berlin Wall and paper soviet promises

In his appeal to U.S. President John F. Kennedy on August 13, 1961, West Berlin mayor Willy Brandt warned that a “crisis of confidence” would ensue if the Western Powers continued to remain passive in the face of the forced division of East and West Berlin. It took 20 hours for the city’s Western military governors to react to the building of the Wall and to send military patrols to the zonal borders; 40 hours passed before a complaint was filed with the Soviet military governor; and it was only after 72 hours that the Western Allies officially registered protest with Moscow. On August 16, 1961, a mass demonstration organized by the Berlin Senate drew approximately 300,000 West Berliners to the square in front of Schöneberg City Hall, where demonstrators expressed their dismay over both the construction of the Wall and the apparent passivity of the Western Powers. The banner held by demonstrators refers to the Western Allies' statement of protest; it reads, "To the Western Powers: You Don't Stop Tanks with Pieces of Paper."

 

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08/23/2008

Cold War tanks to remember East-Berlin 1953

Uprising of 1953 in East Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Uprising of 1953 in East Germany took place in June 1953. A strike by Berlin construction workers on June 16 turned into a widespread uprising against ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uprising_of_1953_in_East_Germany - 58k

 

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08/22/2008

New Cold war : Where will the next blockade be ?

and the Soviets thought we wouldn't and we didn't .... give up on them (that time)

berlin 2

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08/21/2008

Russian tank to remember Prague Spring 1968

Koudelka - Russian Tank in Prague

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what is all that cold war stuff about

Well we don't live in a cocoon and neither in a virtual world and so what happens in the real world affects the way we work with network security and all the topics around in. As Europe is sliding slowly in a new cold war (and don't blame the US for it) our work and planning should also be changing.

We should be looking at energy efficiency and independence and if possible producing it yourself (wind, sun,...)

We should be looking at DDOS protection and cold-standby remote mirrorhosting if for one way or another they decide to attack NATO with some cyberattacks (like the one that hit Estonia and Georgia).

We should be looking at data protection and encryptio of sensitive information.

We should be looking at background checks, physical security and stuff like that....

This is a whole other story developing.

Euh and in Eastern Europe next to the Soviet frontline they should be looking at distant backups and intensive security and backup-operations, especially countries like Ukraïne, Albania, Montenegro and states like that.

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