Important Announcement

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Please note that the full contents of Issue 1:1 of the Trans-Int Quarterly on "Europe, Radical Islam and the Middle East Conflict" are now available free of charge. Click here to go the table of contents.

One American Says Ipsos Not Honest

Posted by John Rosenthal

“Poll: Most Americans Say Bush Not Honest” blares the headline in yesterday’s AP dispatch. Well, it seem like most Americans must, then, be reading the French papers. In the French papers, after all, the “Bush Lied!” thesis – curiously well-suited to legitimating France’s foreign policy choices in opposing the American-led intervention in Iraq – has [...]

“Hate”, Video, and the Côte d’Ivoire

Posted by John Rosenthal

In my article for Tech Central Station on “The Black Tuesday of the French Army”, I alluded to the fact that ample video footage of the Hotel Ivoire incident was available – and had been politely ignored by the virtual entirety of the MSM. While preparing the article, I made the curious discovery that the [...]

What Were THEY Doing in a French Power Station?

Posted by John Rosenthal

 I tend to think that the good, kind people at CNN are just not qualified to cover important international events and hence that one should be kind as well and simply ignore them when they try. Our friends at EURSOC, however, have pointed to a truly remarkable scoop that CNN has uncovered concerning the riots [...]

Sorry to Disappoint

Posted by John Rosenthal

 With more than a hint of Schadenfreude, many in the blogosphere and other, generally "right-wing", media have dubbed the riots in the French banlieues an "intifada" or even suggested that with their outbreak French Muslims have en masse entered into "jihad". Both allusions are highly misleading.

The Black Tuesday of the French Army

Posted by John Rosenthal

This week marks the one-year anniversary of what French documentary filmmakers Stéphane Haumant and Jérome Pin have dubbed “The Black Tuesday of the French Army”. On November 9, 2004, French forces opened fire on a crowd of protestors gathered in front of the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, the capital city of Côte d’Ivoire. At least [...]

A Sense Of Foreboding: German Reactions to Ahmadinejad

Posted by Matthias Küntzel

 Last Monday a demonstration was held in front of the Iranian consulate in Hamburg to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call to "wipe Israel off the map". Matthias Küntzel attended and took the occasion to reflect on the difficulties of showing solidarity with Israel in contemporary Germany. – JR    It is not easy to [...]

European Commissioner: We Manage People

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Louis Michel, former Foreign Minister of Belgium and current EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid:  Managing Europe is not only a matter of managing development. It is also managing the European agricultural population. (Source: Le Figaro, 5-6 November 2005)

An Honest Broker for Kosovo?

Posted by John Rosenthal

 On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan named former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari as his envoy to conduct final status talks on Kosovo. The move requires confirmation by the UN Security Council, which is expected. Ahtisaari will be highly familiar to long-time Balkan watchers, as he has frequently been the EU point man in Balkan matters [...]

Deutsche Telekom: Formerly State-Owned?

Posted by John Rosenthal

 Just another small example of how persistently misleading the established English-language media’s reporting on German matters is. An article from the AP today on job cuts at the German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom notes: Deutsche Telekom is Europe’s biggest telecommunications company and one of the largest worldwide.The formerly state-owned company provides landline service through its [...]