The Signature of (Soft) Power

Posted by John Rosenthal

Readers might be forgiven for imagining that the signature depicted below is that of a teenage schoolgirl – perhaps used to dedicate a copy of a friend’s high school yearbook, for instance. I say this, incidentally, on the authority of a former teenage schoolgirl who was kind enough to bring the photo and the similitude [...]

The Definition of Incitement

Posted by John Rosenthal

French authorities are fond of accusing media in other countries of “incitement”. As I discussed on the old Trans-Int, French Minister of Defense Michelle Alliot-Marie brandished the charge, for instance, when Ivorian media in November 2004 reported on a massacre of Ivorian civilians by the French military. Some weeks later, nonetheless, Alliot-Marie would be forced [...]

Street-Fighting Men

Posted by John Rosenthal

Joschka Fischer’s past as a Frankfurt street-fighter has again caught up with him. For the second time in five years, Fischer has been called as a witness to testify about his experiences in Frankfurt’s anarcho-lefty "scene" during the 1970s. The first time was in the 2001 trial that saw former Fischer friend Hans-Joachim Klein convicted [...]

What the Kölner Hold Dear

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following from Henryk Broder in the latest issue of the Berlin weekly Jungle World.

Epitaph for a Judicial Farce

Posted by John Rosenthal

One does not have to have been an admirer of Slobodan Milosevic to have found his trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague to have been a judicial farce. Witness the following observation by Jiri Dienstbier, who served as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the former [...]

Pause

Posted by John Rosenthal

My apologies for the recent lack of activity on the site. By the middle of next week, the blog should be going again. If you would like to be  kept apprised of developments on the site by e-mail, you can subscribe to the Trans-Int newsletter. Depending on the frequency of posts, updates are sent out every one or [...]

The BND: Getting Information, not Giving It

Posted by John Rosenthal

While the NYTimes continues its campaign to convince its readers that the German intelligence agents stationed in Iraq during the Iraq War were “helping” the US, a spokesperson for their employer, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND), has a radically different explanation for its apparent cooperation with US forces. A key element in the Times’s – [...]

Selective “Revelations”: The NYTimes and the “BND Affair”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Citing a “classified German review”, an article in today’s NYTimes advances new claims to the effect that the German intelligence officers based in Iraq during the Iraq War aided the US-led war effort against the regime of Saddam Hussein. (Hat-tip: Medienkritik.) The “review” in question is the same report, prepared by the German government for [...]