More on Obama’s “200,000″

Posted by John Rosenthal

My piece last week on the Obama crowd numbers in Berlin sparked off discussions across the internet. The most common response of those defending the 200,000 estimate was that it comes from the Berlin police department and the latter could not be suspected of colluding with the Obama campaign. Did the estimate come from the [...]

200,000, My ***

Posted by John Rosenthal

Press reports today claim that 200,000 persons attended Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin yesterday. Curiously, however, the original estimates of the crowd size made by an experienced German television crew were one tenth of that number. See my report on World Politics Review here.  

The “Peace” Candidate’s War Monument

Posted by John Rosenthal

Many commentators have noted that the site where Barack Obama will speak today in Berlin is associated with the Nazis. But in fact it is not merely associated with the Nazis. The scene for Obama’s speech today is, in effect, outright the creation of Adolf Hitler and his chief architect and urban planner Albert Speer. [...]

Rony Brauman on the ICC’s Bashir Indictment

Posted by John Rosenthal

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has requested that the court issue an indictment against Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir for the crime of "genocide". What would be the consequences of such a move? According to Rony Brauman, a former president  of the French NGO Médicins sans Frontières, further inflation of the concept of "genocide" [...]

Wolfram Weimer on Obama and the Brandenburg Gate

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week, Wolfram Weimer, the editor in chief of the German political monthly Cicero, published a stinging critique of Barack Obama’s proposal to hold a campaign speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. "It shows a lack of respect to want to degrade the historical monuments of friendly countries into electoral campaign scenery," Weimer wrote, "… But [...]

An Anti-Semitism Without Anti-Semites?

Posted by John Rosenthal

This is what German author Henryk Broder called the dominant form of anti-Semitism in Germany today in a statement before the Bundestag’s Domestic Affairs Committee last month. The "modern" German anti-Semite, as described by Broder, "does not have a shaved head. He has good manners and often an academic title as well. He mourns for the [...]

Not-So-Young “Youth”: More on the Attack in Paris’s 19th Arrondissement

Posted by John Rosenthal

It turns out the "youngsters" involved in last month’s brutal attack on a Jewish teenager in Paris’s 19th arrondissement are apparently not so young after all. The principal suspect is 25-years-old — and a corporal in the French air force. See my follow-up report on World Politics Review here.  

The Weltwoche Dossier on Swiss Diplomacy and the FARC

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche has much more on the subject of "international mediation" in the Colombian hostage crisis and, in particular, the role of Swiss envoy Jean-Pierre Gontard. E-mails found on confiscated FARC computers strongly suggest that the supposedly "neutral" mediator was in fact colluding with the FARC leadership and may even have served [...]

Colombian Hostages: “France Played the Chávez Card”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Former French presidential candidate Ségolène Royal recently unleashed a polemic by noting that the French government played "no role whatsoever" in obtaining the freedom of Ingrid Betancourt and the other 14 hostages recently liberated in Colombia. But what exactly has been the effect of French diplomacy upon the Colombian hostage crisis and, more generally, on [...]

“Gang Wars” Or Anti-Semitism?: The Attack in Paris’s 19th Arrondissement

Posted by John Rosenthal

For the Paris District Attorney’s office and certain Parisian editorial boards, it would seem that when anti-Semitic incidents occur in a series, this is supposed somehow to vitiate their anti-Semitic character. See my new article on World Politics Review here.