Austria Tells Jewish Political Prisoner He Must Be ‘Registered’

Stephan Templ’s first week in an Austrian prison has already served to illustrate the arbitrary nature of the persecution he is facing from the government. Templ reported to correctional facility on October 5th, where is currently serving a 1-year sentence for the most absurd crime of having failed to disclose all heirs on a restitution […]

New York Times on Austria’s Shameful Imprisonment of Stephan Templ

Published in NYT: The case, unfolding over a decade, has stirred the ghosts of Austria’s murky Nazi past. It has also fanned outrage among Holocaust historians, dozens of whom wrote to the Austrian authorities pleading for the case to be dismissed. Last month, President Heinz Fischer rejected a plea for clemency, arguing that he had […]

Austria Jails First Jewish Political Prisoner Since WWII

On Monday October 5, the Government of Austria jailed the Jewish journalist and historian Stephan Templ. The outright injustice of this case has been documented on this blog in numerous articles. Below, a video of his final moments in freedom, followed by an excerpt from the Daily Mail’s coverage of this judicial atrocity. From the […]

Did Austria Try to Cover Up Exculpatory Evidence against Stephan Templ?

As part of our efforts to defend Stephan Templ from the unjust and arbitrary persecution by the Austrian authorities, we have been reviewing all the published decisions (recommendations) published on the website of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, the institution responsible for adjudicating property looted by the […]

J’ACCUSE! Stephan Templ Ad Runs in Der Standard

There are only a few days left before Austria is due to imprison the journalist Stephan Templ despite a total absence of grounds in what has become the most outrageous example of persecution by a European government with undeniable overtones of official anti-Semitism. This announcement was placed in the newspaper Der Standard crying out against […]

Prayuth’s Habit of Threatening Journalists

There is little doubt that the current military dictator of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, ranks among the most odious pariahs on the international stage, who thinks nothing of simply announcing that he intends to murder journalists or anyone else who stands in his way. Here is a quick excerpt from the latest press release from […]

China’s Horizontal of Incompetence

During Vladimir Putin’s early years, his media team were very proud of spreading the concept of the “vertical of power,” the idea that the presidency had consolidated so much authority that the inconveniences of bureaucratic process would be magically dissolved by executive privilege. Of course as time wore on, and the idea of a unified […]

Why Armenia is Rebelling against Putin

While the world’s attention is on Greece this week, a very interesting development is taking place in the usually sleeping capital of Armenia, as citizens are taking to the streets to protest against rising electricity prices brought about by a Russian state-owned company. For years now, it is has been the policy of the Kremlin […]

Russia Will Not Save Greece

Here we are again. As I write this, Eurozone Finance Ministers are meeting with their Greek counterparts to attempt to hash out an agreement for an extension on their next loan repayment in order to keep the banks open and narrowly avoid default. Play time is over: both François Hollande and Angela Merkel telephoned Greek […]

US-Russia Relations: ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’

For very obvious reasons, relations aren’t so great between the United States and Russia lately. But what’s interesting is that both sides prefer to blame the other side for causing the deterioration in relations, while keeping a door open for a friendship down the road if only the other side would get their act together. […]