Should Germany spend more on its military?

Jan Techau, director of the Europe Program at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Berlin, told Katrin Bennhold of The New York Times: The life we [Europeans] have had for the last 70 years is possible because of the American security guarantees we have had, largely for free. That is the reason we are not […]

Poland and the Jews

A Week in Auschwitz is a blog written by an unnamed British female PhD student whose research focuses on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s adaptation to the digital age. She is also Administrator for the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. The blog has been around since 2012 and is thoughtfully written. The […]

Podcast: The U.S. Government’s Hunt for Josef Mengele

Spycast is a podcast created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, the museum’s historian and curator. Josef Mengele (1911-1979) was an SS physician who conducted inhumane medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz. He was known as the “Angel of Death.”  In this podcast Dr. Houghton interviews […]

Spain’s Far-Right Vox Party Sees Breakout Moment in New Election – The New York Times

With Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s decision on Friday to call for new elections, Vox, which got its election breakthrough in El Ejido, will now have a chance to test its appeal on a national stage. Its entry will break a taboo for Spain, which until now has resisted the pull of far-right nationalism alive in […]

Travel: Bluffworks Pants

Travel pants are useful. I was looking for pants that would: Be washable; Resist wrinkles; Have pockets designed to foil pickpockets; Look presentable in the city (I wasn’t looking for pants I could only wear on safari.) The best travel pants I’ve found are from BluffWorks in New York City. Bluff Works pants are the […]

The Visual Science Lab / Kirk Tuck: Mr. Robert Roaldi suggested: “Might be fun if you wrote a piece on why it’s better to stick with one system rather than trying them all. :)”

I’d rather not shoot with the same cameras forever. I like to try new stuff. I want to see if there’s really a difference in dynamic range with new sensors. I like the live view of current mirrorless cameras. I like EVFs better than optical finders (oh! the Heresy!!! Burn him. He must be a […]

Blogging: Thoughts about Micro.blog

Micro.blog is “a network of independent microblogs. Short posts like tweets but on your own web site that you control.” For $5 a month the service will host your micro.blog. You can use your own domain if you wish. You can export your data anytime you want. There is no advertising. For an additional $5 […]

Music: Lara Fabian

The 49-year-old Lara Fabian sings beautifully and speaks four languages: French, Spanish, Italian and English. She was born in Belgium to a Flemish father and an Italian mother. I especially love her French music. Fabian is best known for the dance pop song “I Will Love Again,” which was released in 2000 and peaked at number […]

All about the Benjamins?

Sam Goldman, assistant professor of political science and executive director at the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at George Washington University, writing in The Washington Post: History suggests that the United States’ sustained and often enthusiastic support for Zionism and the State of Israel is not a product of Jewish influence. On the contrary, it […]

Celebrating Judaism in the Face of Antisemitism

Deborah Lipstadt of Emory College has written a helpful new book chronicling the myriad forms of antisemitism. This is useful and necessary but not especially uplifting. In the book’s final chapter — Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad — Lipstadt cautions the reader not to focus on the negative. She explains (p. […]