According to new research unveiled this month, women were far more involved in the atrocities committed during the Holocaust than previously thought. Wendy Lower, an American historian living in Munich, uncovered that thousands of German women ("a conservative estimate") willingly went out to the Nazi-occupied eastern territories to take part in the "war effort," otherwise known as genocide.
This news is disturbing, to be sure, but it's also not surprising. Anyone who reacts with shock to the reality that women have the capacity to be immoral, malicious, and violent -- just like the guys -- hasn't paid enough attention in history class, much less to the nightly news.
If you walk down Falluja's busiest streets, you are likely to travel parallel with open trenches that smell of putrid waste. These trenches, vestiges of a planned but unfinished sewage treatment system, are more than an eyesore and an assault on the olfactory senses. They are a reminder of America's broken promises in the ongoing nation-building effort in Iraq.
According to the Supreme Court, many of our world's most esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winners just might be criminals.
Or at least that's what it seems when one looks at the broad language in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project. Decided a week ago today, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide "material support" to any foreign organization that the government designates a terrorist group. The decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project was a 6-3 split, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen G. Breyer in the minority.
As one of my friends described her graduation last week, she began to tailspin about how successful all of her classmates seemed. One had beat the odds by leaving her Indian reservation and becoming the first in her family to get a college degree. Another had started a charter school. Yet another was working with the White House already. In comparison, my friend reasoned, she had done little worth mentioning. She was getting her Ph.D. from Harvard.
A newborn wears a cloth diaper. (Flickr/Lance McCord)
Let's be honest, babies aren't known for being camera-shy, but they've really been hogging the spotlight as of late. There's that new Focus Features film, Babies. And then last week The New York Times Sunday Magazine explored their morality in a cover story chock-full of images of cartoonishly big-eyed infants.