UN “Torture Rapporteur” Manfred Nowak: Get Bush, Get Rumsfeld

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Austrian law professor Manfred Nowak is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. He first came to broad public attention in 2006, when he accused the US of practicing torture at Guantánamo Bay. I have written at length about Nowak’s dubious intellectual pedigree in my 2006 essay “The Road to Condemning Guantanamo”. Nowak did not [...]

One Word

Posted by John Rosenthal

…was conspicuously missing from Barack Obama’s inaugural address. See my new article on “Obama and the End of the Democracy Agenda” on Pajamas Media here.

When the EU Parliament Approved of Guantanamo Bay

Posted by John Rosenthal

Barack Obama today signed an executive order to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center. The widely expected move comes, of course, in response to the incessant barrage of “international” (in fact, mostly European) criticism of the center and of the Bush administration’s policies towards the persons detained there. Once upon a time, however, the rationale [...]

The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time? (Manfred Nowak vs. KSM on Guantanamo Detainees)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The UN “torture rapporteur,” Manfred Nowak, says that many of the inmates being held at Guantánamo Bay were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when they were taken prisoner in Afghanistan or Pakistan. But someone who presumably knows better disagrees: namely, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – or “KSM” – the former bin Laden [...]

“Valkyrie” and the Historical Stauffenberg

Posted by John Rosenthal

“Many Saw Evil,” the posters for the new Tom Cruise film Valkyrie proclaim, “But They Dared to Stop It.” But did would-be Hitler assassin, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, and his co-conspirators “see evil” in the Nazi regime? The historical record suggests otherwise. See my new article on Pajamas Media here.

Dany Cohn-Bendit’s Euro-Flag Hypocrisy

Posted by John Rosenthal

Daniel Cohn-Bendit of the German Greens sparked a ruckus in the EU last month by turning up at Prague Castle, the seat of the Czech presidency, and suggesting that Czech President Vaclav Klaus ought to fly more EU flags around the place. But what flags are flying at Schloss Bellevue, the seat of the German [...]

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard on German Biotech-Phobia

Posted by John Rosenthal

Till Behrend of the German weekly Focus recently spoke with with the geneticist and Nobel Prize winner Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard about the sources of German opposition to genetically-modified foods. Biotech opponents like Greenpeace are “playing with human lives,” Dr. Nüsslein-Volhard charges. For the full interview in my English translation, see Pajamas Media here.