Five Centuries of Jewish Broadsides

Jews have been producing broadsides—posters with printed text—since the invention of printing in the 15th century. The Valmadonna library, one of the world’s largest collections of Jewish books, contains several hundreds of these. Sharon Liberman Mintz, Shaul Seidler-Feller, and David Wachtel, who have edited a catalogue of these broadsides, write:

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How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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