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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Like the lyricists of The Great American Songbook, policy makers in Washington, D.C. and some of the media cannot make up their mind about climate change. At one point it’s Baby, it’s cold outside: at another the temperature rises and it’s too darn hot; at a third it’s very ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2017 5:22 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis There is a tide in academic and political matters which taken at the flood may lead on to tolerance and respect for civilized behavior. That surge, if not a torrent, may occur as result of a decision on June 14, 2017 by members of the Modern Language Association. For some time ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 5:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis British Queen Elizabeth I had a motto, semper eaden (always the same). Four centuries later, the United Nations and its various bodies are funny that way in repeating the obvious, and need someone to watch over them. They might be reminded that their main mission is to discuss ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/14/2017 12:46 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The insightful 18th century French political philosopher Montesquieu informed us, “there are bad examples which are worse than crimes; more states have perished by the violations of their moral customs than by the violation of their laws." He could have been referring to what ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/13/2017 7:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 10 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A hundred years ago the British Government in the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917, the letter from Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, viewed “with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Since then British enthusiasm ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2017 4:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 5 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Iconic London Bridge is not falling and must not fall down, my fair lady. The attack on innocent citizens in the area on June 4, 2017 makes it a symbol of the need for the struggle of civilization against Islamic barbarism to continue. That struggle requires changes in policies ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2017 4:22 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In his amusing play The Odd Couple, Neil Simon depicted a bizarre pair, the slovenly and easy going Oscar and the tidy, neurotic Felix. By chance, recent events have presented the opportunity to comment on an incongruous political duo, with totally disparate characteristics  ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/30/2017 4:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 28 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis No one is ever likely to mistake Donald J. Trump for a lyric soprano at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Yet Trump, the political performer, resembles a musical performer in capacity to express himself, colla voce, taking the lead in a free manner and having others follow his ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/28/2017 12:46 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 25 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Niccolo Machiavelli writing in 1513 did his best to warn Donald J. Trump. In Chapter VI of The Prince he wrote, "nothing is more difficult to set up ...than a new system of government, because the bringer of the new system will make enemies of everyone who did well under the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/25/2017 6:40 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 18 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Don’t send in the clowns. No one from rocket scientist to barely educated person is likely to deny that China has a connection to the Great Wall of China, or that Egypt has a connection with the Pyramids. Yet UNESCO is funny that way. On October 12, 2016, by a vote of  24 to ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2017 8:18 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 15 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On January 8, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson delivered his speech to the U.S. Congress outlining 14 Points, a statement of war aims and peace terms for World War I, the only explicit statement of war aims by any country fighting the War. The speech was also in effect a blue print ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2017 4:56 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 12 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In the United States the arts and humanities in the main are flourishing, but one art seems to have disappeared, the political art of losing gracefully. Instead, there is the frenetic search for scapegoats to blame for unexpected and embarrassing defeat. Washington political ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/12/2017 7:49 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 8 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Brush up your Shakespeare if you really want to understand politics, especially possible future events in Britain. The imminent retirement at the age of 95 of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, from public engagements has drawn attention to the inherent powers of the British ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/08/2017 1:03 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 6 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Uneasy lies the head that does not wear a crown. According to the constitution of the French Fifth Republic of 1958, France is “an indivisible, secular, democratic and social Republic.” However, in reality there are strong differences on all these concepts, over laicite (secularism), ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/06/2017 5:27 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Life is full of puzzles and wishful thinking. As the great philosopher Chico Marx said in the film Duck Soup, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes.” For many years, countless people have reported sights of the non-existent Loch Ness Monster. Now, a new documentary ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/03/2017 4:41 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 2 May 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The international political and economic system is more likely to remain stable when a particular state is the dominant power or hegemon, able to dominate the rules of both politics and economics. There has to be, as the economist Charles Kindleberger argued fifty years ago ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/02/2017 4:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 29 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis French electors have sent a message to traditional political parties, we can get along without you very well. Instead, the country in the second round of voting on May 7, 2017 for president of France has a choice between two outsiders, one a Europhile, the other a Eurosceptic, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/29/2017 7:46 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 27 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On February 7, 2017 Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education by a vote of 51-50 with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie vote. She made history because she was the first Cabinet nominee to be confirmed in this way. The question now is whether this contentious ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/27/2017 4:34 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 22 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Perhaps the most disagreeable trait in Machiavelli’s controversial writings were his misogynous comments on women.  In The Prince, published in 1532 but written earlier, he wrote, “Fortune is a woman. And if you wish to keep her down, it is necessary to beat and ill-use her.” What ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/22/2017 5:49 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Ever since Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. tried to subdue the area of Afghanistan and encountered resistance, the area has been either the graveyard of empires or the highway of conquest. Britain fought three wars there in the 19th and early 20th centuries, suffering heavy ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/19/2017 7:02 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 17 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Perhaps the most moving poem with imagery evoking the horror of the first World War is Dulce et Decorum est written in October 1917 by Wilfred Owen, the British writer who died a year later, aged 25. His condemnation of the use of gas against people haunts us today. It is ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/17/2017 1:14 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 14 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Something compulsive, something repulsive, comedy this week. First there was the Syrian denial it had used poison gas on April 4, 2017 that killed many civilians. Then then was the mistatement, for which on April 11 he apologised profusely, by Sean Spicer U.S. presidential spokesperson, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/14/2017 4:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It is bewildering that on the eve of Passover, the story of Jewish liberation from slavery, the far right candidate for the French presidency should have reopened old wounds concerning the treatment of Jews in France in World War II. It raises the question, will the real Marine ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/11/2017 4:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 7 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In the history of France, politics and language have often been intertwined. In the  last few months, the political use of language has been shown in a new form. A number of French regions, including Paris, have passed rules obliging workers on publicly funded building sites ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/07/2017 1:20 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 6 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis President Donald Trump has been accused of many dire acts and devious intentions. One of the most absurd, the latest, comes from Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the terrorist Hezbollah organization, in a television interview in his bunker in Beirut on February 16, 2017. As if ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/06/2017 10:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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