The Root of the Problem (Racist Violence in Germany)

Posted by John Rosenthal

Predictably, Brandenburg Interior Minister Jörg Schönbohm has been attempting to put in doubt that there was a racist component to the assault in Potsdam two weeks ago that has left the 37-year-old Ethiopian-born engineer, Ermyas M, in a coma. (For background, see "A Grim Record (Racist Violence in Brandenburg)".) This despite the massive prima facie [...]

What a Relief!: Relatively “Few” Islamic Radicals Employed at French Airports

Posted by John Rosenthal

Philippe de Villiers, President of the French political party Movement for France (MPF) and candidate for the French Presidency in 2007, is coming out with a new book this week titled The Mosques of Roissy [Les Mosquées de Roissy]. In it, Mr. de Villiers, citing the French domestic intelligence service, the renseignements généraux (RG), and [...]

No Place to Send Them

Posted by John Rosenthal

In its edition of 12 April, the Berlin weekly Jungle World reports about a soccer match in Hamburg earlier this month between FC St Pauli and the Chemnitz FC. During the match Chemnitz supporters chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans such as "Galatasary, we hate Turkey" or "We’re building a subway from St. Pauli to Auschwitz"…. [...]

A Grim Record (Racist Violence in Brandenburg)

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Sunday, a German citizen of Ethiopian origins was attacked and gravely injured in Potsdam in the German Land of Brandenburg. He is presently in critical condition in an artifically-induced coma. On a recording that the victim left on his wife’s voicemail just before the attack, one of the presumed assailants can be heard yelling [...]

No Place to Go (Horst Mahler and German Passport Law)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The US government’s refusal to issue a visa to the self-styled Muslim "scholar", Tariq Ramadan, continues to provoke howls of outrage from equally self-styled defenders of civil liberties – like, of course, the ACLU. (On Ramadan and his visa difficulties, see here on Trans-Int.) This even though controlling the entry of foreigners to the national [...]

Communists and German Nationalists: Italy’s “Broad” Coalition

Posted by John Rosenthal

The extent to which the apparent victory of Romano Prodi’s "Union" coalition in the Italian elections depended upon the support of Communist and "post"-Communist forces could easily be overlooked.  

Clueless in Germany: On a “Mysterious” Series of Murders

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following from a report published Monday (10 April) on the website of the German newsweekly Focus. A ninth victim has been shot to death in a mysterious series of murders. The victim was the owner of an Internet café in Kassel. The 21-year-old Turk was killed last Thursday by two shots to the head. [...]

Monarchy or Anarchy? (Chirac’s View of France)

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week, French President Jacques Chirac announced that he had signed into law the so-called Law on Equality of Opportunity passed by the French National Assembly; at the same time, he instructed the government to "take all necessary measures" to assure that the dispositions of the law concerning the contested "First Employment Contract" are not [...]

D-Day for Revisionists

Posted by John Rosenthal

On June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of D-Day, French President Jacques Chirac stood before hundreds of American veterans of the Allied invasion of Normandy at the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, where their fallen comrades are buried. "To the entire American nation," he said, "…to all those men and women who paid the heavy price of [...]