Monday, April 16, 2012

Check out: "Does Sarkozy Miss DSK?", the Descoings death, Americans in Nazi Germany, and more

Newsweek International: Why DSK Would Have Been Sarkozy's Ideal Opponent, 16 April 2012
Why the libertine would have been an ideal opponent.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/15/why-dsk-would-have-been-an-ideal-opponent-for-sarkozy.html

The Daily Beast: France Arrests the Usual (Islamist) Suspects, 4 April 2012
In a crackdown after the Toulouse shootings, France arrested 10 suspected Islamic radicals. By concealing past mistakes, the nation may be hindering investigations, writes Christopher Dickey.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/04/france-arrests-the-usual-islamist-suspects.html
(Update: All of those arrested were later released for lack of evidence.)

The Daily Beast: Death in New York of French Educator Richard Descoings Treated as Suspicious, 4 April 2012
Vague echoes of the Strauss-Kahn affair are unlikely to tarnish the reputation of Richard Descoings, director of Sciences Po in Paris. Found dead in a Manhattan hotel room Tuesday, he's considered a possible suicide.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/04/death-in-new-york-of-french-educator-richard-descoings-treated-as-suspicious.html
(Will update when toxicology report arrives. Dominant theory at the moment is accidental death resulting from a mix of alcohol and prescription drugs.)

Newsweek: The Americans Who Witnessed the Rise of the Nazis, 2 April 2012
The story of the Americans who cavorted with the Nazis.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/01/the-americans-who-witnessed-the-rise-of-the-nazis.html

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Check out "France Arrests the Usual (Islamist) Suspects"

The Daily Beast: France Arrests the Usual Islamist Suspects, 4 April 2012
In the most recent crackdown after the Toulouse shootings, France arrested 10 suspected Islamic radicals this morning. By concealing past mistakes, the nation may be hindering investigations, writes Christopher Dickey.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/04/france-arrests-the-usual-islamist-suspects.html

Check out Death of Sciences Po Director in NYC Possible Suicide

The Daily Beast: Death in New York of French Educator Richard Descoings Treated as Suspicious, 4 April 2012
Vague echoes of the Strauss-Kahn affair are unlikely to tarnish the reputation of Richard Descoings, director of Sciences Po in Paris. Found dead in a Manhattan hotel room Tuesday, he's considered a possible suicide.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/04/death-in-new-york-of-french-educator-richard-descoings-treated-as-suspicious.html

Monday, April 02, 2012

Check out a month of stories, columns, broadcasts: Hitlerland; the Toulouse synagogue shooting; Ms. Assad; NYPD and the mosques

Newsweek: The Americans Who Witnessed the Rise of the Nazis, 2 April 2012
A book review of Andrew Nagorski's "Hitlerland," the story of the Americans who who watched the rise of the Third Reich up close and personal.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/01/the-americans-who-witnessed-the-rise-of-the-nazis.html

France 24 Video: The World This Week, 30 March 2012
Has Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the Toulouse shooter ordeal put the incumbent back in the saddle or will security issues abate in a presidential race where rising unemployment looms large? Fran├žois Picard's panel argues over the outcome of the campaign in France.
   Christopher DICKEY. Paris Bureau Chief, Newsweek Magazine. Columnist,The Daily Beast;
   Vivienne WALT. Contributor, Time Magazine;
   Anne-Elisabeth MOUTET. Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph;
   Stefan SIMONS. Paris correspondent, Der Spiegel.
http://www.france24.com/en/20120330-the-world-this-week-march30
Part Two: http://www.france24.com/en/20120330-the-world-this-week-march30-part2

WBUR Here and Now (audio): Does French Gunman Represent New 'Lone Wolf' Terrorist Threat?
Merah claimed to be a follower of Al Qaeda, and journalist Christopher Dickey says he may represent a slippery new threat, a lone wolf, who are "not always so lonely." "Even if [Merah] isn't directly part of the al Qaeda firmament it may not matter ...
http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/03/23/toulouse-gunman-france

Mohamed Merah and the War on Terror's New Front, 22 March 2012
The French gunman killed today represents a slippery new threat: al Qaeda-inspired lone wolves versed in evading detection. Christopher Dickey talks to NYPD's police chief about how to stop them.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/22/mohamed-merah-and-the-war-on-terror-s-new-front.html

The Daily Beast, Lagarde: Don't Underestimate Italy, 9 March 2012
The IMF head praised Italian P.M. Mario Monti as a beacon of hope in the global economy, but few others in the old boys' club of finance received such paeans as she argued that women are less inclined to take risks.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/09/christine-lagarde-makes-case-for-female-leaders-at-women-in-the-world-summit.html

Newsweek & The Daily Beast: Asma al-Assad's Retail Therapy, 5 March 2012
Glamorous and smart, she was a darling of the Western press—until her dictator husband crossed the line. Leaked intimate emails show the strain of Syria's unrest on its first lady.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/03/04/syria-s-first-lady-asma-al-assad-she-married-the-dictator.html

WBUR On Point (audio): Police Spying On Mosques, 27 February 2012
New York took the biggest hit on 9/11. The New York City Police Department made the biggest response. Brought in big guns from the CIA. Pumped up surveillance all over. Launched a big campaign, deep and wide, to look in on its Muslim population. For a while it won praise. Now people are wondering if the NYPD has gone too far. Maybe way too far. Spying on mosques. In mosques. Sweeping up worshipper license plates. Tracking Muslim students. Surveilling with a very broad brush. Well beyond New York. How much is too much policing?
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/02/27/police-spying-on-mosques