L’Affaire DSK: Marine Le Pen Shows Some Love…for American Justice

Posted by John Rosenthal

One of the most typical reactions of French commentators to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York has been a kind of knee jerk disparagement of the American criminal justice system – or the “atrocious” American criminal justice system, as an “expert” put it on the French news channel BFM. But at least one [...]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Older Accusation of Sexual Assault Resurfaces in France

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the aftermath of the arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges in New York, an older accusation of sexual assault against Strauss-Kahn has resurfaced in France. Strauss-Kahn’s French accuser is Tristane Banon, a 31-year-old writer who claims to have been assaulted by Strauss-Kahn in an empty apartment in Paris in 2002. [...]

Uh-Oh: Senator Inhofe On The Osama Bin Laden Death Photos

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an interview with Fox News, Senator James Inhofe spoke about pictures of a dead Osama Bin Laden that he viewed at CIA headquarters. While describing some of the photos as “gruesome,” Inhofe insisted that Bin Laden is recognizable in them. “It was him,” the Senator remarked. To help members of congress identify the dead [...]

Facebook Page

Posted by John Rosenthal

I have been slow to join the “social media” revolution. But at long last I have now created a Facebook page. I will continue also to post links here on Trans-Int, and if you haven’t already, you can always sign up for the Trans-Int mailing list by using the sign-up form in the right column. But [...]

‘New’ Bin Laden Clips Raise More Questions Than They Answer

Posted by John Rosenthal

Over the weekend, the Department of Defense released soundless video clips of what appear to be previously unpublished “outtakes” from Osama Bin Laden video messages. The clips were reportedly discovered among materials seized at the compound in Abottabad, Pakistan, that was raided by American forces last week.  Some commentators have speculated that the Obama administration [...]

On Not Spiking The Football

Posted by John Rosenthal

In justifying his refusal to release any photographic evidence of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by American forces, President Obama has said that “We don’t need to spike the football” and “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies.” Okay. But then why is America supporting the rebels in Libya? In previous articles, I [...]

Libya: Did CNN Present a Rebel Atrocity as a Gaddafi Atrocity?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the first days of the Libyan rebellion, CNN reported on a mysterious video that supposedly showed the burned bodies of Libyan soldiers who had refused to shoot at demonstrators. But could the “demonstrators” have burned the bodies themselves? See my new article on Big Peace here.

Dueling Decisions: George W. Bush versus Gerhard Schröder

Posted by John Rosenthal

Here is an excerpt from my dual review of the memoirs of George W. Bush and Gerhard Schröder in the World Affairs Journal. Oddly enough, the two books have nearly identical titles: “Decision Points” and “Decisions” [Entscheidungen]. …Bush’s closeness to his father, George H. W. Bush, is legendary. In Decision Points, he describes the elder [...]

‘Funny’ Anti-Gaddafi Cartoons Reveal Rebel Racism, Anti-Semitism

Posted by John Rosenthal

In late February, back at the outset of the eastern Libyan rebellion against the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi, I pointed to visual evidence of anti-Semitism and/or “anti-Zionism” among the protestors who provided the initial face of the rebellion vis-à-vis the outside world. In the meanwhile, much more visual evidence is available. Numerous Western media outlets [...]