Mob “Democracy”

Posted by John Rosenthal

In "The Bolivian Troubles, ‘Race War’, and the ICC" and "What’s Ahead in Bolivia: Getting to Know Evo Morales", I noted the pernicious consequences for democracy when the state’s monopoly on the legitimate use of violence is undermined. So-called "human rights" organizations, by putting on the same plane the use of force by state organs [...]

Bertelsmann or Who Does Not Understand the Meaning of “Nein”

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally posted at www.trans-int.blogspot.com]    Over on the English version of Kosmoblog, Ulrich Speck has posted a response to my remarks in “The Meaning of ‘Nein’” on his assessment of the current condition of the EU “Constitution”: i.e. dead or (if just barely) alive? Read it here. I agree with Ulrich that the likeliest strategy of [...]

The Meaning of “Nein”

Posted by John Rosenthal

In “The Europe of 2½”, I noted that in the last desperate days prior to the French referendum on the EU “Constitutional Treaty”, French partisans of a “yes” vote knew of no better argument to counter the rising tide of the “no” than to suggest that in the event of a rejection of the text [...]

Follow-up: The Release of Florence Aubenas

Posted by John Rosenthal

(Note: for background, see “More Euros for Terror?”.) Robert Ménard of Reporters Without Borders on the French Foreign Ministry’s claim that no ransom was paid for the release of Florence Aubenas: Everyone knows that it is not true. But it does not shock me that a ransom was paid. I do not know of any [...]

What’s Ahead in Bolivia: Getting to Know Evo Morales

Posted by John Rosenthal

(Note: for background, see "The Bolivian Troubles, “Race War”, and the ICC".) Out of area – but maybe not so much. Evo Morales – loser at the ballot box in 2002, but now thanks to last week’s bloodless coup with good prospects of becoming President of Bolivia in the near future – adapts many of [...]

The Bolivian Troubles, “Race War” and the ICC

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published at www.trans-int.blogspot.com]  Wednesday’s Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ) had these interesting observations [link in German] concerning the Bolivian protest movement that brought down the government of President Carlos Mesa and the movement’s principal leaders and presumptive political beneficiaries Evo Morales and Felipe Quispe: 

From Zeesen to Beirut: Matthias Küntzel on the Nazi Roots of Arab Anti-Semitism

Posted by John Rosenthal

In Zeesen, a town with some four thousand inhabitants to the south of Berlin, once stood one of the world’s most powerful shortwave transmitters. From 1939 onward, it broadcast its daily Arabic-language program. Of all the foreign-language services, the Oriental Service had "absolute priority. It reached out to Arabs, Turks, Persians, and Indians and had [...]