Anti-Qaddafi Forces Flew al-Qaeda Flag During Siege of Sirte

Posted by John Rosenthal

Sightings of the black al-Qaeda flag flying atop the courthouse of Benghazi only days after the declared “liberation” of Libya on October 23 have raised concerns about the role being played by the Islamic terror organization in post-Qaddafi Libya. But according to a report in the Arab press, the so-called “Islamic Caliphate” flag — the [...]

The Euro Bailout is Illegal: An Interview with Markus C. Kerber

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last month, in a unique “citizen’s challenge” to rescue measures taken by the European Central Bank (ECB), German economics professor Markus C. Kerber filed a complaint against the bank before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Professor Kerber, who teaches economics and law at the Technical University in Berlin, charges that the bank, [...]

A Letter on Gaddafi

Posted by John Rosenthal

Diana West has been one of the very few American commentators to resist the siren calls of the “Libya hawks,” as she dubbed them early on. She has remained wary of the intervention in Libya throughout and lucid about the nature of the anti-Gaddafi opposition, and she has been kind enough to cite some of [...]

‘The Arab Spring has Yet to Begin’: An Interview with Boualem Sansal

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Sunday, October 16, the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at Frankfurt’s historic St. Paul’s Church. Sansal is the author of six novels, including the widely praised The German Mujahid (Europa Editions, 2009), the first of his novels to be translated into English. The book [...]

An Incoherent Criminal Court: Libya, Sudan & the ICC

Posted by John Rosenthal

This is the story of two photos and what they reveal about the incoherence of so-called international criminal justice, as embodied in the International Criminal Court (ICC). See my new article on National Review Online here.

The Tawakkul Karman Nobel Peace Prize Controversy

Posted by John Rosenthal

Today on Commentary’s blog Contentions, Michael Rubin has published a post defending himself for having raised the issue of Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman’s membership in the Yemeni al-Islah party. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the controversy is that Michael Rubin would even need to defend himself for pointing out an association that, [...]

Accused of Genocide in Darfur, Sudan is Western Ally in Libya

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a further sign of the close relations between Sudan and the new rulers in Libya, Sudan’s first vice president, Ali Osman Taha, met with the chairman of the executive board of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), Mahmoud Jibril, in Tripoli on Thursday. Both the U.S. State Department and the International Criminal Court have accused Sudanese government forces [...]