Interview with Latifa Ben Mansour

Posted by John Rosenthal

  The Algerian-born linguist and novelist Latifa Ben Mansour has lived in France for over twenty years. She has been a sharp critic of the ravages wrought by “Islamism” or, as she prefers to put it, Muslim “Fundamentalism” in her home country and a keen observer of the rise of kindred movements in Europe. As [...]

More on Ipsos in America

Posted by John Rosenthal

  Regular readers of the Trans-Int blog will already be familiar with Ipsos, the French firm that does the AP’s public opinion polls, from my previous posts “One American Says Ipsos Not Honest” and “Bush Approval Rating Falls Under 40%! (Says Jacques Chirac’s Personal Pollster Working for AP)”.     See my new article at Tech Central [...]

The Courrier’s Naked Ape

Posted by John Rosenthal

 The Courrier International is a weekly compilation of articles from the international press brought into French and published by the Groupe Le Monde, best known for its flagship daily. Here is the charming depiction of George W. Bush that graces the cover of the current edition of the Courrier. 

Propaganda War?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In September 1939, Henri Rollin published his L’Apocalypse de notre temps – The Apocalypse of Our Times – a detailed study of German propaganda between the two World Wars and the pivotal role in it, more precisely, of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. One of the great services rendered by Rollin’s work was [...]

Latifa Ben Mansour on Nicolas Sarkozy and the French Banlieues

Posted by John Rosenthal

 The Algerian-born linguist Latifa Ben Mansour lives in France and is the author of two recent books on the "Islamist" – or as she prefers to put it Muslim "fundamentalist" – movement: Frères musulmans, Frères fèroces [Muslim Brothers, Ferocious Brothers] and Les Mensonges des Intégristes [The Lies of the Fundamentalists]. I spoke with Ms. Ben Mansour [...]

Why Should One Trust the BND?

Posted by John Rosenthal

 An LA Times report that five officials of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) judged the source of the BND’s own pre-Iraq War intelligence on Iraqi biological weapons programs to have been unreliable is, of course, making the rounds and feeding the latest bout of "Bush lied!" hysteria. Funny that the story of the five [...]

It’s Alive!

Posted by John Rosenthal

 (With Update)  Back in June on the old Trans-Int and following the rejection of the EU "constitution" in referendums in the Netherlands and France, I warned that announcements of the "death" of the "constitution" might be premature. "I am afraid that these people will not take ‘no’ for an answer," I said at the time, [...]

French Ambassador: I Worked for the Iraqis

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Former French Ambassador to the UN Jean-Bernard Mérimée is currently under investigation by French judicial authorities for "influencing peddling and corruption of public officials" in connection with the UN Oil for Food program in Iraq. Yesterday’s Le Figaro includes a highly revealing article summarizing Mérimée’s declarations to French investigative judge Philippe Courroye. According to Le [...]

Guy Sorman on the “Autism” of the French State

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Guy Sorman is one of that rarest of species among French intellectuals: a liberal, that is in the classical, which is also the etymological, sense of the term: a defender of individual liberties who consigns the state to very specific and limited functions – but expects it to fulfill them. In an article for Le Figaro (14 [...]

Still Sorry to Disappoint

Posted by John Rosenthal

 My post last Wednesday titled "Sorry to Disappoint" has provoked a lot of mail: some of it positive and a lot incredulous. I have heard about the videos with the French rioters chanting "Sarkozy, dirty Jew!" – yes, that is what they are saying: "sale juif", not "fasciste" – and yelling "Allahu Akbar!". These video [...]