Max J. Rosenthal

Digital Editor

Max J. Rosenthal is a former Digital Editor for

Max J. Rosenthal is a former Digital Editor He has previously reported for The Huffington Post in Beirut and Cairo, and the Associated Press in Jerusalem. He's also a veteran of the US Army and a so-so Arabic speaker. He's covered mostly foreign news and military affairs, but also loves a good sports story and anything space-related.Max holds degrees from the University of Virginia and Columbia Journalism School.

Leonard Nimoy, cast member of the new film "Star Trek Into Darkness," poses as he arrives at the film's premiere in Hollywood on May 14, 2013.

Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek”s Spock, dies at 83


Leonard Nimoy, most famous for playing Spock in the original “Star Trek” TV show and many of the franchise’s movies, died on Friday at the age of 83

Predator drones featured on a hand-woven rug from Pakistan.

Drones are everywhere — even on rugs

One of the images Levi Bettweiser developed from among 31 rolls of World War II film for his Rescued Film Project.

These never-before-seen WWII photos are ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

A man assembles police observation cameras near the Bayerischer Hof hotel before the start of the 50th Conference on Security Policy in Munich on January 31, 2014

The year of surveillance is finally over

The sign outside the headquarters of the US Army's new Cyber School at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The school is part of the Army's creation of a new cyberwarfare branch.

The Army is getting serious about cyberwarfare

Col. Todd Wood, then commander of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks with soldiers at FOB Masum Ghar in Kandahar province, Afghanistan in 2011.

Seven words and phrases used by soldiers that we could all learn from


The military picked up plenty of slang and phrases over the course of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pretty much all of it is unprintable or unknown to people who didn’t serve. Here are a few choice terms that you can put to use.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a display at a military air show with Air Force officers in May 2014.

Kim Jong-Un is back! Who cares?

Global Politics

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un finally made another public appearance on Monday, or so the country’s state media claims. But no matter what, his disappearance — and reemergence — didn’t seem to have much of an effect in North Korea itself.

People take part in the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York in 2013.

More and more cities are saying goodbye, Columbus


For one community, Columbus Day is a marker of genocide and shame. For another, it’s a celebration of history and heritage. Now some cities like Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis are siding with the former, rebranding the holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The World

How do you make a movie about jazz? Add plenty of blood


When Damien Chazelle wrote a film based on his experiences as a young jazz drummer, he got plenty of encouraging comments — and no funding. So he shot an intense, violent scene from the surprisingly bloody movie to showcase his project, and Whiplash is now highly sought after following a big win at Sundance.

Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, wave to crowds from their limousine during Reagan's first inauguration parade in 1981.

How air conditioning got Ronald Reagan elected president


Ronald Reagan couldn’t have become president without Southern votes, and many of those votes simply wouldn’t have been there without the invention of air conditioning. Such innovations and their unforeseen consequences on history are the subject of a new book from Steven Johnson.