The Strange Career of Wikileaks

Posted by John Rosenthal

If we are to judge by its “Collateral Murder” video and campaign, WikiLeaks is not the website — and perhaps not the organization — that it once was. I use the word “campaign” in the sense, more exactly, of a propaganda campaign. For WikiLeaks’s “Collateral Murder” bears all the markings of precisely that. Once upon [...]

All German Parties Agree: The Crisis Must be Used!

Posted by John Rosenthal

An article on the prospective EU/IMF bailout package for Greece in today’s (27 April) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) notes that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble met yesterday with the leaders of all the parliamentary groups in the German Bundestag in order to discuss the issue. After the meeting, the leader of the Social Democratic group, [...]

Newsletter Update

Posted by John Rosenthal

Just a brief note on the Trans-Int Newsletter option, now that I am more familiar with Feedblitz, the service I am using to manage the mailings. Subscribers to the newsletter will receive full posts by e-mail whenever I have published a proper article. This usually means a proper article elsewhere, and the e-mail will, of [...]

Un-Barred! Tariq Ramadan in New York City

Posted by John Rosenthal

In what was billed as “his first U.S. appearance since the Bush administration barred him from the country in 2004,” Tariq Ramadan spoke last night to a nearly full house at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union in New York City. The main purpose of the event appeared to be for the sponsoring organizations [...]

German University Name Pays Homage to Inspiration for Nazis (Ernst Moritz Arndt)

Posted by John Rosenthal

On March 17, the governing academic senate of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald formally rejected the proposal of a student initiative that had pleaded for the name of the university to be changed. The university thus chose to continue to bear the name of the 19th century German nationalist firebrand whom Léon Poliakov in his [...]