Freedom or Islamophobia? Europe’s New “New Right”

Posted by John Rosenthal

The terror attacks in Oslo have focused media attention on Europe’s new “anti-Islamization” right — though the kind of attention is as a rule more suited to reinforcing prejudices than to providing insight. The World Affairs Journal has taken the opportunity to make available online my survey of Europe’s new “new right” parties. The article [...]

A Political Court: The ICC, Gaddafi, and Libyan Rebel War Crimes

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last month, to much fanfare, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Muammar al-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, and Libyan military intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had filed an application for the warrants in May. Among those celebrating the court’s decision was, of course, the Libyan opposition’s National Transitional [...]

America, France & DSK: Mea Culpa Praecox

Posted by John Rosenthal

Unverified “revelations” from anonymous sources about Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s New York accuser have led to a torrent of self-recriminations from American commentators. Since, among other reasons, the New York Times reported that the accuser invoked Strauss-Kahn’s wealth during a recorded conversation in a Fulani dialect that she had with an African immigrant in a detention facility, [...]

French Socialist Leader Combats ‘Rumors’ of Husband’s Closeness to Islamists

Posted by John Rosenthal

Martine Aubry went on the offensive over the weekend, accusing the French right of spreading “rumors” about her and her husband. But the ultimate source of the reports about her husband’s Islamist ties is in fact the left-wing feminist author Caroline Fourest. See my new report on Pajamas Media here.

Tristane Banon on DSK: ‘It Makes Me Sick to See Him a Free Man, Dining in an Expensive Restaurant’

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a long interview published today in the French weekly L’Express, the 32-year-old French writer Tristane Banon explains why she has chosen to file attempted rape charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn some eight years after the alleged incident. For details and background, see my new report on Pajamas Media here.

DSK’s French Accuser to File Attempted Rape Complaint

Posted by John Rosenthal

The lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon announced today that his client will file attempted rape charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Paris. David Koubbi insists that even if the American prosecution crumbles, Banon’s case is “extremely solid.” See my report on Pajamas Media here.