What is German Intelligence Doing in Iraq?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Regular Trans-Int readers will undoubtedly remember Susanne Osthoff: the burqa-wearing German archaeologist who was allegedly kidnapped in Iraq last December and then released following payment of a reported $5 million ransom by the German government. This photo, which was published earlier this month in the German weekly Stern, shows two German intelligence agents with… the [...]

A Weltwoche Report on the Taliban

Posted by John Rosenthal

Another out-of-area translation that might be of interest. Late last year, Urs Gehriger of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche and his Afghan colleague Sami Yousafzai were kidnapped and then released by Taliban forces. Their lengthy report not only makes for gripping reading, it also provides an interesting — and troubling — overview of the current balance of [...]

The NYTimes Continues to Minimize the French Homeless Crisis

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following from an article on French homelessness in today’s NYTimes by the Times’s man in Paris, Craig S. Smith.  Given France’s well-financed social services, the country’s homeless problem is relatively mild — the national statistics bureau estimated the number of people living without a fixed address on any one night at 86,000 for all of [...]

The Future of Trans-Int

Posted by John Rosenthal

This post is, I am afraid, long overdue. As regular Trans-Int readers will already have inferred, the original ambitious plans for the "new" Trans-Int launched in Fall 2005 have had at least to be "postponed", viz. to some indefinite later date. This is due to a number of factors: technical difficulties at launch and subsequently not being the least [...]