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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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" [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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.