Group Linked to Obama Appointee Spearheaded “Torture” Campaign against US Officials

Posted by John Rosenthal

President Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sparked controversy for, among other reasons, Berwick’s connections to the Massachusetts-based advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Critics have pointed to PHR’s harsh criticisms of Israel in connection with counter-terror operations in the West Bank and Gaza. [...]

Cold Records are not News

Posted by John Rosenthal

If one is to judge by the disinterest of the “old” English-language news media. Nonetheless, the Neumayer polar research station on the Antarctic coast last week recorded the coldest temperature since the station was first established in 1981. See my new post at weeklystandard.com here.

Hamburg: See No Terror

Posted by John Rosenthal

“Hamburg is always being mentioned in connection with September 11, 2001, and for this reason we feel we have a special responsibility to support the U.S.A. in this case.” This is what Kristin Breuer, a spokesperson for the Hamburg municipal government, told Germany’s ARD public television after it was announced that two Guantánamo detainees who [...]

Newsletter Reminder

Posted by John Rosenthal

Just a reminder that readers who would like to be notified by e-mail when new articles appear can sign-up for the newsletter using the sign-up box in the right sidebar. I’ll have two big articles coming out in the next couple of weeks: one on the “secret history” of climate alarmism and another related piece [...]

German Police Union Chief on Gitmo Transfers: “They Weren’t Learning Pottery-Making in Afghanistan”

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an article in the Sunday edition of the German tabloid Bild, the head of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, slammed the German government’s decision to accept two Guantánamo detainees slated for transfer. For the details and related developments, see my new post at weeklystandard.com here.

Released Gitmo Detainees To Be Allowed Entry to US?

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to a report in Thursday’s edition of the German daily Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, the American government has agreed that two Guantánamo detainees who are to be released in Germany in the coming weeks will not “in principle” be denied the possibility of traveling to the United States.  For the details, see my new article on [...]

SWIFT II Agreement Leaves Doubts on Future of Terrorist Finance Tracking Program

Posted by John Rosenthal

In what is sure to be celebrated as a diplomatic victory for the Obama administration, the European Parliament voted today to approve a revised version of the so-called SWIFT agreement on bank data sharing. The agreement will permit the resumption of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP). Under the program, which is [...]

Deutsche Welle Hosts International Workshop on “How to Deal with Climate Skeptics”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Germany’s publicly-funded international broadcaster Deutsche Welle held its third annual “Global Media Forum” last week in Bonn.  This year’s topic: “The Heat is On: Climate Change and the Media.” Like the general heading, the titles of the numerous panels and workshops left little doubt about the orientation of the proceedings. But one workshop sparked particular controversy. [...]

The Trouble with Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale

Posted by John Rosenthal

Back in February, I published an article titled “Berlinollywood?”, which documents the substantial subsidies provided by the German federal government and other German public agencies to the production of Roman Polanski’s film The Ghost Writer. The information struck me as being of evident public interest. It seems to have struck others, who have cited the article, as [...]