“Are You Planning a Terrorist Attack?”: Udo Wolter on German “Loyalty Tests”

Posted by John Rosenthal

The decision of the government of the German state of Baden-Württemberg (CDU) to administer a “loyalty test” to candidates for naturalization coming specifically from Islamic countries has drawn some favorable attention in the “new” English-language media, notably thanks to an article by Daniel Pipes praising the initiative. Udo Wolter, writing in the self-described “leftist weekly” [...]

Weekend Policy

Posted by John Rosenthal

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Trans-Int "rests" on the weekend. Newcomers might have a look around the left sidebar for materials that may be of interest, including dossiers of popular topics previously covered on Trans-Int. Or visit the Quarterly here. In general, expect more or less a Mon-Wed-Fri schedule for posts on the blog for the time being.

Server Troubles

Posted by John Rosenthal

On account of unexplained server problems, the site was down for roughly the last 24 hours. My apologies to those who tried to access during that time and many thanks for your persistence in coming back.

German Media Authority’s Magic Formula

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Tuesday, Germany’s Commission of Inquiry on Concentration in the Media (KEK), an authority created in 1997 and charged with safeguarding “diversity” in the German media, prohibited the Axel Springer editorial group from purchasing the private television network ProSiebenSat1. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (11 January 2006) explains:

Susanne Osthoff Talks…and Talks and Talks

Posted by John Rosenthal

Those who don’t speak German have not had the chance to appreciate the series of mind-bending interviews that freed German hostage Susanne Osthoff has been giving in the German media since her release in late December. The series began, of course, with her now famous appearance on 28 December on ZDF (one of Germany’s two [...]

Still More Euros for Terror?

Posted by John Rosenthal

The recent upsurge of violence in Iraq will no doubt be taken by opponents of the Iraq War as confirmation of the “strength” of the so-called insurgency. In a sense, of course, it is. But the manifest “strength” of the insurgency – measured, in effect, in its ability to kill – need not necessarily correspond [...]

The Anti-Munich

Posted by John Rosenthal

I have not seen “Munich” – I am referring, of course, to the Spielberg movie by the same name, not the city – and I do not have any immediate intention of doing so. The Spielbergization of history has already wrought enough ravages that one knows what to expect. After all, a man who could [...]

The Hariri Investigation: More Help for the ICC

Posted by John Rosenthal

Following the UN Security Council resolution last March referring war crimes cases in Darfur to the so-called International Criminal Court (ICC), be prepared now for another important coup providing favorable publicity and legitimacy to the European-sponsored ICC. According to various reports in the English and French press, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is set to [...]