Germany and the Euro Crisis

Posted by John Rosenthal

Lazy, profligate, scheming Greeks versus honest, thrifty, industrious Germans. Southern vice versus northern virtue. For much of the news media, the euro sovereign debt crisis could be summarized in the form of a morality play opposing national or regional stereotypes. But what if the financial strains on the so-called PIGS that threaten the eurozone are [...]

Al-Qaeda Ladies Choir Struts Its Stuff in Rebel Syria

Posted by John Rosenthal

Back in mid-February, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that al-Qaeda had “infiltrated” the Syrian opposition. At roughly the same time, videos began emerging on the internet that clearly revealed just what an understatement – to put it mildly – Clapper’s observation represented. The videos show Syrian rebel brigades proudly posing with the al-Qaeda [...]

‘He Hurt Me, I Told Him No’: The Latest Accusations Against DSK

Posted by John Rosenthal

Just two days before last Sunday’s presidential elections, news broke that French judicial authorities are contemplating bringing rape charges against former IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in connection with the so-called Carlton Affair. Strauss-Kahn has hitherto “merely” been under investigation for aiding and abetting the organization of a prostitution ring in connection with the affair, which [...]

In Syria, America Allies with the Muslim Brotherhood

Posted by John Rosenthal

While the Obama administration’s burgeoning contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt continue to cause controversy, the administration’s policy of growing cooperation with the Syrian opposition continues to enjoy almost unanimous support. This is remarkable, since by virtue of that policy the administration is openly allied with none other than the Muslim Brotherhood: openly, that [...]