Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The quality of justice is sometimes strained and sometimes delayed. On July 21, 2017 some form of justice occured when the heirs of a prominent German Jewish banking family, the Bleichroder family, recovered a 16th century painting that had  been stolen 80 years earlier by the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2017 12:15 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 21 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis All visitors to London, young and old, want to see Buckinham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, symbols of the existence of the British Royal Familiy. The members of the Family have no political or executive role, are non-partisan and play no part in party politics. Yet, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/21/2017 4:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Let's talk of court news, who loses and who wins, who's in and who's out. Sometimes this is hazardous. In the Soviet Union when ruled by Josef Stalin, truth was determined from one of the dictator's edicts to the next. One of the few witticisms to originate from that period ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2017 6:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 17 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis "We cannot build pride upon a lie," was uttered by French President Emmanuel Macron at a ceremony on July 16, 2017, commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the darkest days in French history under the wartime Vichy regime . On that day, July 16, 1942, the French police ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2017 3:00 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 16 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis "Emmanuel," President Donald Trump must have said to French President Emmanuel Macron as he and his entourage got into Air Force I in Paris, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Trump had been the guest of honor at the July 14, 2017 national holiday celebration, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2017 4:14 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 13 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis These are the times that try human understanding. How to explain the latest political demonstrations, three consecutive nights of rioting in July 2017 by large numbers in Hamburg, Germany during and after the end of the meeting of the Group of 20, leaders of democratic countries ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2017 7:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 9 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The Merchant of Venice perfomed by the Haibima National Theater Company It is gratifying to know that some individuals, scholars and artists can keep their heads while all about them are losing theirs. On June 14, 2017 members of the Modern Language Association, voted by 1954 ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2017 4:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 6 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis When I’m calling you will you answer too? As the song goes, “If you refuse me what shall I do.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in May 2014, had no cause for alarm. He received an enthusiastic grandiose response and warm embrace from Israeli Prime Minister ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2017 2:29 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The Neapolitan song, O Sole Mio, Che bella cosa, has been made famous by great Italian tenors, Enrico Caruso in the past and more recently Luciano Pavarotti who won the Grammy Award in 1980 for his rendition of the song, and warbled in a rewritten English version by Elvis Presley. Now ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2017 1:46 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 1 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis According to Casablanca, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh, but is a handshake just a handshake? Or is there a correlation between a handshake and character? Does a handshake tell you anything about the personality, political attitude, or feelings of the participant? ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2017 3:24 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 29 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis One of the great misfortunes of history is that a young, unemployed, mediocre realistic painter of buildings and landscapes named Adolf Hitler was denied admission to the Vienna Academy of Fine Art. If he had been admitted the world would have been saved from one of the greatest ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2017 6:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The new film, Wonder Woman, a blockbuster extravaganza, is the latest in the superhero genre, but several aspects of it are worth noting. First is the conception of Wonder Woman herself. Even strict feminists will have difficulty with Irving Berlin’s sharpshooter Annie Oakley’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/27/2017 5:00 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 25 June 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Just friends, lovers and partners no more, is the situation in the Middle East after an extraordinary series of demands made on June 22, 2017 by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council against Qatar. In this world of ordinary people some of whom are afflicted with a high ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/25/2017 4:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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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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