Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Miami to fight DC establishing consulate in the city.

The city of Miami readies a fight over Washington permitting a Cuba consulate to be established in Miami, home of those who fled Castro and are still leaving Havana. Check out "The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press). http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. Also an ebook Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Why aid to Pakistan?

Since 9/11, according to congressional reports, U.S. taxpayers have given Pakistan at least eighteen billion dollars, much of it to the military,” (which backs militant groups that cross into India and commit terrorist acts.) “Last year alone, the U.S. gave Pakistan $1.5 billion dollars. Isn’t it about time we asked ourselves whether this is a good idea?” says the New Yorker. Info on India, its Jewish community, check out “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press), http://amzn.to/J3Z47T.Ebook. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Visit Israel

More Americans visited Israel in 2015 than in any year since Israel was reborn in 1948. The tourism statistics released today show that some 620,000 Americans visited Israel in 2015, 3% more than in 2014, the previous record year. Check out my chapter on travel to Israel in "The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T, a travel narrative. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.co

Monday, January 4, 2016

Iran challenges U.S.!

Is there a message here? : A series of Iranian officials vowed on Friday to expand Tehran's missile capabilities, a challenge to the U.S. which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted. Background on Jews in the Near and Far East, check out “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T.   Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Here's my recent travel article in the Jerusalem Post, entitled, "We;ll Always Have Paris." Terrorism can not be allowed to win, and the brave will keep their travel plans to Paris or Jerusalem, and not give in to Arab terrorists. Do you remember the last time you saw Paris? Or if you have never been to the "City of Love," if not now, when? .http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Well-always-have-Paris-438520. Also check out "The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti and Beyond,"
(Globe Pequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T, ebook. Also, two chapters on France in "A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe," (Pelican Publishing)   Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Time stops in the Maghreb

I was in Algeria in the 1960's writing about the last Jews to leave that country after it became independent. As French citizens many Algerian Jews were on their way to France. Others went to Israel; The Algerian Jews and many of their North African brothers and sisters, literally expelled by Arab nations from North Africa, found a new home in the French Republic and revitalized the Jewish community. Walking the streets of Algiers, especially in the casbah, I would see signs in Arabic and French, "Palestine is Ours." When I questioned the Jews about the signs, they answered with a smile on their faces, "Palestine is Ours,Jewish." While there are Jews in Morocco, Jews are long gone from Algeria. Ironically, many of the grandsons of those Algerian Jews I met then, are now leaving France for Israel, the Jewish state. Meanwhile as this article shows and as I wrote in "The Scattered Tribe," http://amzn.to/J3Z47T, "time stops in the Maghreb." Check out "The Scattered Tribe," (Globe Pequot Press) an ebook and wherever books are sold. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Visiting Vladivostok, Russia.

Congrats to the Jews of Vladivostock, Russia on the opening of the synagogue which had been confiscated under Communism. My aunt Clara of "Klara's Journey," (Marion Street Press) an historical novel, AND a story of "betrayal, drama and love," http://amzn.to/13Sp769 visited this famous port, Vladivostok, the final stop on the Trans-Siberian railway. The year was 1918. , U.S. troops were stationed there. Ninety years after her stopover on her journey to Canada, I visited the city and its vibrant  Jewish community.  For more info, read "Klara's Journey," wherever books are sold, an ebook.