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Picture taken on May 11, 2016 shows street artist Ibo Omari overpainting a swastika in Berlin.A ragtag band of Berlin street artists is taking aim at an urban scourge of neo-Nazi graffiti, using 'love and humour' to turn swastikas into colourful symbols of inclusiveness. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Sophia Kembowski / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION///TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY OCEANE LAZE AND DEBORAH COLE (Photo credit should read SOPHIA KEMBOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

These Street Artists Are Turning Swastikas Into Playful Art

Street artists in Berlin are responding to neo-Nazi hate symbols graffitied around the city in the best way: by turning them into playful art. Local graffiti artist and shop owner Ibo Omari has been...
Prateek Kayan

How Majeed Went From Fleeing Syria To Dancing In Berlin

Majeed is like any other nineteen year old, checking out girls, posting selfies on Instagram and flexing his abdominals at the drop of a hat. But the closer you get to him, the more you learn about the rivers and forests he has crossed to get to where he is. For a young boy it has truly been a long way from Syria to Berlin and sadly the journey has just begun.
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Snitches With Edge: The ‘Stasi Punks' Of East Berlin

One of the products of the anti-West East German state, was the formation of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, more commonly known as the Stasi. The secret police, formed in the early 1950s, was developed to keep an eye on the country's own population, and also tasked with cultural purification. One of their challenges in the 1970s and 80s was the growth of the underground punk movement. The Stasi started to jail youths found listening to such music. They also worked to turn these musicians and 'scene' members into informants.