On August 30, 1978 a Polish airliner was hijacked
and redirected to Tempelhof airport in West Berlin. Torn between a policy of supporting defection and a recently-signed anti-hijacking treaty, the West German government ceded jurisdiction over the defendants to the United States government, which was still technically an occupying power and had an interest in the case because of the US Air Force Base at Tempelhof. The result was the one and only decision rendered by the United States Court for Berlin, United States v. Tiede
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posted by jedicus
on Jan 7, 2011 -
Nudism, in the modern, Western, sense seems to have started in Germany
(NSFW) back around the turn of the century, and despite the efforts of the Nazis
to eradicate the practice Free Body Culture (FKK), as the Germans call it, enjoyed great popularity in East Germany, the Communists thought it expressed solidarity, and everyone else thought it reflected West German freedoms they were being denied. After the reunification it turns out the West Germans
aren't so hot on FKK after all...
In Germany opponents say nudism is disorderly, in the USA they say its child porn in disguise
(SFW) Laws in the USA vary widely. In Arkansas
its not only illegal to be nude, but its also illegal
to talk about nudism, while in New York its legal for women to be topless
, as long as they aren't being paid for it. As usual the gods send mixed messages.
posted by sotonohito
on Oct 25, 2007 -
once more: the entire German edition was shut down
this week over the contents of a single entry
. The parents of the article's subject, a German hacker who died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances
, are displeased with his real name being disclosed in the encyclopedia. It is now back online; however, the future of the family's efforts is currently unclear, not only due to the German order's debatable validity in the US - but also because the order was, initially at least, mistakenly addressed
to St. Petersburg, Russia, instead of St. Petersburg, Florida.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jan 20, 2006 -