Holiday Pause

Posted by John Rosenthal

Trans-Int will be taking a brief pause for the holidays. Check back next Wednesday, January 4 for the continuation. A Happy New Year in the meanwhile to our readers!

Are 500,000 Keys to Paradise Enough?: Germany “Confronts” Ahmadinejad

Posted by Matthias Küntzel

In pondering the behavior of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I cannot help but think of the 500,000 plastic keys that Iran imported from Taiwan during the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88. At the time, an Iranian law laid down that children as young as 12 could be used to clear mine fields. Before every mission, a plastic key [...]

More on the French “Reapers”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week in "’Reapers’-1, Rule of Law-0", I touched briefly on the startling decision of a French court in Orléans to acquit 49 anti-GMO activists, members of the so-called "volunteer reapers" movement, who admitted to having destroyed fields of experimentally-cultivated transgenic crops. For much more on the French "reapers" and the Orléans judgment, see my new article on [...]

Mohammed Al-Dura: Take 2

Posted by John Rosenthal

I assume most Trans-Int readers are familiar with the Mohammed Al-Dura/France2 affair. For those who are not or who would like to review some of the details, I have reconstructed here my Al-Dura/France2 dossier from the old site. Since the French public television channel’s famous story of the "boy-martyr" Mohammed Al-Dura – allegedly killed by [...]

Meet Evo Morales, “Socialist”… and Anti-Semite?

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to numerous press and wire service reports, Evo Morales of the "Movement Toward Socialism" (MAS) is poised to become the next President of Bolivia. This presumption is based not upon official results, but rather exit polls and "quick count" television news projections. American with even just relatively short memories will have a good idea [...]

Why is this Man Smiling?

Posted by John Rosenthal

One might have thought that the WTO ministerial meetings in Hong Kong would be a particularly busy time for the head of the organization’s Secretariat. But showing exactly where his priorities lie – namely, in what the European Commission, of which he was lately a member, euphemistically calls “communication” – new WTO Director General Pascal [...]

France: “Reapers”-1, Rule of Law-0

Posted by John Rosenthal

A French court in Orléans last week acquitted 49 anti-GMO activists of charges of having destroyed fields of genetically-modified corn owned and cultivated by the American company Monsanto. The accused – part of the movement known as the "voluntary reapers" led by José Bové – did not contest the facts of the case, but making [...]

Energy-”Hub” Germany?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s appointment as chairman of the supervisory board of the Gazprom-controlled North European Gas Pipeline Consortium has raised a number of eyebrows. Suggestions to the effect that the appointment reveals Schröder to be Vladimir Putin’s poodle, however, underestimate the importance of the German presence in the project and miss its strategic [...]

Ipsos Watch

Posted by John Rosenthal

Is Ipsos sensitive to bad publicity? The latest AP-Ipsos Presidential Approval data would suggest so. The headline on yesterday’s AP story presenting the results of the poll reads: “Bush’s Approval Rating Rebounds Slightly”. I’m not sure that “slight” is the word for the movement that the Ipsos data in fact describes. The latest Ipsos poll [...]

Friends of the Earth… or of the EU?

Posted by John Rosenthal

An AP article today bearing the title “Report: Free Trade Threatens Small Farmers” shills for a new publication by Friends of the Earth (FOE) issued just in time for the upcoming WTO meeting in Hong Kong and itself bearing the still more unequivocal title “The Tyranny of Free Trade”. Talk of the evils of free [...]