Out Today in the Quarterly

Posted by John Rosenthal

"Beyond the Numbers Games: a Closer Look at the Statistics on Anti-Semitism and ‘Islamophobia’ in France".  For an extract, click here.

The European Commission: We Decide What’s Freedom of Speech!

Posted by John Rosenthal

The European Commission has sharply rebuked Turkey for limiting freedom of speech on account of a Turkish court’s prosecution of a writer who critically discussed the 1915 killings of Armenians in Eastern Anatolia during WWI and the prohibition of a conference that was to be dedicated to the same topic. The Turkish government refuses to recognize [...]

Joschka Stays or Joschka Goes?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Judy Dempsey writes in the International Herald Tribune about Joschka Fischer’s “surprise announcement” that he would not be available to lead the Green parliamentary group in the Bundestag.  “The news that he was stepping down from national politics was… all the more dramatic,” Ms. Dempsey comments breathlessly. Did one need another reason to stop taking the NYTimes [...]

Douste-Blazy: Maybe He is Not the Right Man for the Job

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Or at least that is what would suggest this embarrassing incident  involving the French Foreign Minister that was first reported last week in Le Canard Enchainé.  Visiting the new Holocaust Museum at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, Mr. Douste-Blazy is reported to have asked repeatedly about the fate of British Jews during the Third [...]

Megalomania: Frank Schirrmacher on Gerhard Schröder

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Frank Schirrmacher, editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, writes the following in today’s paper on Gerhard Schröder’s bizarre and disturbing post-election performance on German public television Sunday night.  An uncomprehending nation was made to feel for the first time what it could be like when someone wants to put democratic rules out of action. …Schröder…played [...]

Joschka Stays?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a bizarre post-election appearance on German public television, Gerhard Schröder refused to consider his SPD entering into a “grand coalition” with the CDU unless he remains Chancellor.  This despite the fact that the CDU/CSU outpolled the SPD and (pending the outcome of an October 2 by-election in Dresden) will presumably have the largest number [...]

Presenting: the Quarterly

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Quarterly is now open.  Click here…

Bush Approval Rating Falls Under 40%! (Says Jacques Chirac’s Personal Pollster Working for AP)

Posted by John Rosenthal

  This past weekend, the much-trumpeted news went out that President Bush’s job approval ratings had fallen below 40%.  The poll announcing this – for the President’s many enemies, needless to say, welcome – landmark was published by the Associated Press and conducted by the Ipsos polling institute.  As the polling data assembled at RealClearPolitics [...]

Getting Closer

Posted by John Rosenthal

We are still developing some of the essential features of the site; but in the last couple of days, we have had some major breakthroughs.  No promises, but I hope we can have the quarterly launched by Friday.  In the meanwhile, stay tuned for  "Bush Approval Rating Falls Under 40%! (Says Jacques Chirac’s Personal Pollster [...]

Out of Area: Iraqi Kurdistan Gives Back

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the first issue of the Trans-Int Quarterly, we will be publishing an important contribution on European "dialogue" with Islamists by the German journalists Thomas von der Osten-Sacken and Thomas Uwer, both of whom have long experience as aid workers in Iraq.  Thomas von der Osten-Sacken has sent me an appeal for solidarity with the victims [...]