Germany Gets Tough with Iran: “You’ll Have to Wait for your Carrots”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Following the presentation of a new IAEA report that criticizes Iran for not being forthcoming about its nuclear program, Germany has threatened to increase the “pressure” on Iran. “Either we get reasonable answers to our questions,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned, “or the beginning of talks aimed at finding a diplomatic solution will have [...]

Switzerland on Trial: A Day in the Life of the U.N. Human Rights Council

Posted by John Rosenthal

The UN Human Rights Council tends to draw attention when it condemns Israel. But it is in fact not only Israel that the Council regards as a serious human rights violator: Switzerland is a problem too. Andreas Kunz and Eugen Sorg of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche followed the recent Council proceedings devoted to examining Switzerland’s [...]

Are Biofuels Threatening Biodiversity?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a recent article in the German monthly Cicero, Michael Miersch showed how global warming hysteria is leading to policy choices that threaten to wipe out some of the world’s rarest species. See my translation on Pajamas Media here.  

Germany’s Taliban Trail: From Murat Kurnaz to Cüneyt Ciftci

Posted by John Rosenthal

When it emerged in mid-March that the perpetrator of a deadly suicide attack on American troops in Afghanistan had come from Germany, the American media showed little interest. A closer look at the bomber’s itinerary reveals that it bears a remarkable resemblance to that of none other than Murat Kurnaz: the supposed “innocent man” who [...]

What did the Grand Mufti Know?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Did the Amin al-Husaini, the "Grand Mufti" of Jerusalem, know about the Nazis’ ongoing program to exterminate European Jews when he lived in Berlin from 1941-1945? In my recent review of Klaus Gensicke’s Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsozialisten, I questioned whether a visit by a member of the Mufti’s entourage to the Sachsenhausen [...]