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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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Sunday, 2 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A saying attributed to the great boxer, the Brown Bomber Joe Louis, about to fight Billy Conn in June 1941 is “You can run but you can’t hide.” Conn did not hide and did well until he was knocked out in the 13th round. In March 2017 British comedian, actor, and writer, Eddie ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2017 5:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 1 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Why should the U.S. Federal Government subsidize the arts? Does it or should it divert public funds from military or security concerns to support ballet? Art and culture are not universal tastes or necessities as are health care or education, but often, and perhaps usually, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2017 5:29 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 31 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis British Prime Minister Theresa May is making history from which there is no turning back in the effort to restore what she called “our national self-determination” after 44 years of British membership first of the EEC, the Common Market, and then of the European Union. On March ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/31/2017 4:19 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On March 21, 2017 Martin McGuinness, the paramilitary activist turned peacemaker in Northern Ireland died at the age of 66. The commander of the Provisional IRA advocating and practicing armed resistance against British rule, he transformed himself into a working political figure ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2017 5:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 26 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The 2500 year-old Chinese code of conduct handed down from Confucius includes the advice to three monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Amazingly, this counsel has sometimes been misapplied in cases of Islamist terrorism in European countries. This obtuseness ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/26/2017 11:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On March 21, 2017 Martin McGuinness, the former chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army and street fighter turned peacemaker and politician, died of amyloidosis, a rare genetic disease, at the age of 66, a few months after he had resigned from his position as Deputy First ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2017 6:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The wise sage from Boston, Tip O'Neill, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, contributed to statecraft that all politics is local. The result of the parliamentary election in the Netherlands on March 16, 2017, while inconclusive, appears to bear this out. It is not ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2017 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Vladimir the Great Russia is an easy country to enter. Procedures at Moscow’s airport including  passport control allow passengers a speedy departure from the airport, and the hour long journey to the center of the city and hotel passes quickly along the six lane highway. Similarly, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2017 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis When a man knows he is to be hanged, said Dr. Samuel Johnson, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. When North Korea on March 6, 2017 simultaneously and successfully fired four missiles the mind of the President of the U.S. as well as the eyes of the world began concentrating ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 7:32 AM by Michael Curtis
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