Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force [...]

A Sordid Tale: On The Latest “DSK Affair”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Leaked footage from a hotel security camera has revived rumors that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a “conspiracy” to derail his French presidential aspirations in New York last May, when, on his account, he accepted a Sofitel maid’s generous offer of some quick oral gratification just prior to check-out – and [...]

Dear Julian: The WikiLeaks Tell-All That Doesn’t

Posted by John Rosenthal

Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s Inside WikiLeaks has been billed as a “tell-all” exposé of the supposed “whistleblower” website. Given the darkness in which the history of the site is shrouded, such a volume would be welcome. But Domscheit-Berg’s book in fact tells very little of substance and virtually nothing that is verifiable. Far from providing anything like an [...]

Germany’s Old “New” Neo-Nazi Terror

Posted by John Rosenthal

“It seems . . . that we are in fact dealing with a new form of right-wing extremist terrorism,” German interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announced last month, following the revelation that a trio of neo-Nazis from Jena had been responsible for the murder of nine “foreigners” in Germany, as well as a police officer. But [...]

Dutch Architects: Korean ‘9/11 Towers’ Look Like ‘Sushi or Chopsticks’

Posted by John Rosenthal

Did Dutch architectural firm MVRDV recognize the resemblance between their controversial design for residential towers in Seoul and the World Trade towers on 9/11? A spokesman for MVRDV appears to be having trouble keeping his story straight… See my new post on the Weekly Standard blog here.

Newsletter Reminder

Posted by John Rosenthal

Whereas once-upon-a-time Transatlantic Intelligencer was a traditional blog, I essentially use the site today to link to my articles that appear elsewhere. (For the full story, see the Trans-Int “About” page) If you would like to receive e-mail notifications when new articles appear, please sign-up for the Trans-Int Newsletter. The notifications typically consist of the [...]

Planned S. Korean Towers Resemblance to Collapsing WTC is No Coincidence

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Dutch architectural firm MVRDV has issued an apology in English for a building design that clearly resembles the World Trade towers collapsing after the 9/11 attacks. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.” They did not see [...]

German Politician: Euro Downgrade as American Plot

Posted by John Rosenthal

Standard & Poor’s warning that no less than fifteen eurozone states, including Germany, could lose their AAA credit rating has been met with howls of protest from many leading German politicians. But it was Rainer Brüderle of the ostensibly pro-free market Free Democratic Party (FDP) who had perhaps the most extreme reaction. See my new [...]

Tunisia: ‘Moderate’ Islamists Wave Al-Qaeda Flag

Posted by John Rosenthal

Rival protests in front of the parliament building in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Saturday saw secular forces face off against Islamists. As a report from Euronews put it, many of the latter “supported Ennahda, the moderate Muslim party most successful in October’s elections.” But despite the talk of “moderation,” the distinctive black flag [...]