Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
“Well, that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into,” said Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel in many of their comedy films. Less humorously, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be saying that to Sheikh Muafak Tarif, the leader of the Druze community in Israel. Netanyahu’s new dilemma is whether, ...Read More...
Posted on 07/01/2015 7:48 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 29 June 2015
During the last year, Pope Francis has spoken out on a number of controversial political issues, including poverty, the environment, immigration, the fate of Christian communities in Arab countries, and the need for peace in the world. He has issued formal statements, most notably his encyclical letter ...Read More...
Posted on 06/29/2015 7:20 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 28 June 2015
It is always a moment of amusement to read the latest fulmination of the venerable archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. On June 17, 2015, he beguiled us again with his message to his dear sisters and brothers in the United Church of Christ, which is holding its general synod in Cleveland June 26-30, 2015. ...Read More...
Posted on 06/28/2015 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Conspiracy theories never stop. We have been told the earth is flat, that World War II was staged, that secret societies control the world, that Michael Jackson was killed by Iran, that the CIA created the HIV virus, that George H.W. Bush was a Nazi agent intent on destroying the United States, that ...Read More...
Posted on 06/25/2015 9:29 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on June 21, 2015 at meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah revealed plans to help revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that broke down in April 2014. The proposal would entail a United Nations Security Council resolution that would call for an agreement on ...Read More...
Posted on 06/24/2015 7:25 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The time has come to discuss, and considering implementing, the argument made by Karl Popper that we should claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. How do we stop young men and women from becoming jihadist terrorists? A depressing new incident on June 13, 2015 involving ...Read More...
Posted on 06/23/2015 1:32 PM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 20 June 2015
The international community, especially the United Nations Human Rights Council, must wake up and deal with contemporary reality, the increase in terrorism and in the number of refugees caused by the surge in violence. It is high time for them to give up their capacity for illusions, their obsession ...Read More...
Posted on 06/20/2015 8:46 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 18 June 2015
In his article “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte”, written in 1852, Karl Marx paraphrases Hegel’s aphorism that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. Hegel forgot to add, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Marx was comparing the ...Read More...
Posted on 06/18/2015 8:12 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
It is a cause of wonder, though not surprising, that the international community has not indicted the terrorist group Hamas on charges of war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and violations of international law, for its actions against innocent citizens, both Israelis and Palestinians, during the ...Read More...
Posted on 06/17/2015 7:47 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Posted on 06/16/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
It must have come as a great shock to the so-called international community that in June 2015 the so-called refugees, the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip protested that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was giving resources they deserved to other ...Read More...
Posted on 06/16/2015 8:22 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 15 June 2015
On June 8, 2015, the trial began in a Paris court of 15 members of the banned terrorist group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), who are accused of preparing and planning terrorist attacks on French Jews and businesses, and other targets.
French police who arrested the individuals found incriminating ...Read More...
Posted on 06/15/2015 12:37 PM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 14 June 2015
In the early 1980s, the Jeane Kirkpatrick doctrine presented a dilemma facing Western democratic systems: a choice between preferring authoritarian systems and dictatorships, which were pro-Western, and totalitarian systems that were anti-Western. Today, the West is confronted with a similar no-win ...Read More...
Posted on 06/14/2015 8:16 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 13 June 2015
James Madison: Good morning, Alexander. I just read that that the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State Kerry, has decided that the U.S. President, now Barack Obama, has the exclusive right to recognize formally a foreign power. Accordingly, it held that the 2002 statute ...Read More...
Posted on 06/13/2015 8:03 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 11 June 2015
The war against the State of Israel never ceases. At one moment in May 2015 it is the attempt of the deputy secretary of Fatah and head of the Palestinian Football Association to get the corrupt FIFA to suspend or expel Israel from international football. At another it is the executive committee of ...Read More...
Posted on 06/11/2015 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Sigmund Freud once wrote that artists' creations were imaginary gratification of unconscious wishes, just as dreams are. He would not have been puzzled by the disturbing dream in Nablus that troubled Rev. Giles Fraser, the 50 year old Church of England priest at St. Mary’s, Newington in South London.
We ...Read More...
Posted on 06/10/2015 5:13 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
International differences over territory and legitimacy of states are neither rare nor obscure, but the unparalleled number of religious, ethnic, symbolic, political, national, and legal factors concerning Jerusalem make it the most controversial and disputed issue.
The issue has divided the United ...Read More...
Posted on 06/09/2015 8:36 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 8 June 2015
Western concern with Russia in the last few years has largely been about actions in Ukraine. Important though that issue may be, the more significant issue and the greatest threat to world peace is Islamist terrorism. It is this issue that requires heightened world attention.
Russian President Vladimir ...Read More...
Posted on 06/08/2015 8:00 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Soccer is a great sport and the international football competition hosted by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), located in Zurich, every four years is the most watched sporting event in the world. The soccer world has now been disgraced and dishonored in two ways, by the inherent ...Read More...
Posted on 05/31/2015 11:21 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 24 May 2015
All reports are clear that Pope Francis on meeting Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 10 th year of his four-year term as President of the Palestinian Authority, in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican on May 17, 2015 gave Abbas a bronze medallion, a gift that the Pope gives all foreign leaders to encourage their ...Read More...
Posted on 05/24/2015 1:31 PM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 15 May 2015
From time immemorial, Jews have disagreed about how to deal with their problems. Differences were expressed strongly when the Israelites who had just left Pharaoh’s Egypt complained to Moses that he had taken them away to die in the wilderness. Three thousand years later, the contemporary Israelites ...Read More...
Posted on 05/15/2015 8:44 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 10 May 2015
In his musical-comedy film, The Court Jester, Danny Kaye amused us with the tongue twisting line, “the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle.”
The long-running non-musical Palestinian theater of the absurd about who employed the poison that killed Yasser Arafat and how it was done ...Read More...
Posted on 05/10/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 9 May 2015
The invitation to and the visit of French President François Hollande to attend the summit meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 4-5, 2015 was both a meaningful symbol and a signal to the United States, the historic ally of the Gulf countries. It directly alluded to the changing attitudes ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2015 8:05 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Dr. Seuss, the world’s favorite physician, once explained “I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.” Unfortunately, their own nonsensical behavior did not awaken a number of doctors and medical practitioners, mostly in Britain, when they published an immoderate and fallacious political diatribe ...Read More...
Posted on 05/05/2015 12:55 PM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 2 May 2015
On April 27, 2015, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon transmitted to the U.N. Security Council his public summary of a 207-page report, which apparently is not to be made public, of the Board of Inquiry regarding the incidents in Gaza between July 8 and August 24, 2014. This was the second U.N. report ...Read More...
Posted on 05/02/2015 8:10 AM by Michael Curtis