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Monday, 19 October 2015
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What is baffling in international affairs is the massive reality denial, by the international community including President Barack Obama and his administration, of the increasing threat of Islamic terrorism and of the ultimate responsibility of Iran for the recent terrorist outbreaks in Jerusalem and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2015 7:29 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 16 October 2015
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Since October 3, 2015 dozens of Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli citizens have occurred, killing seven people and injuring more than 100. More deaths would have occurred if it had not been for the speedy action of the Israeli United Hatzalah (rescue), volunteer emergency medical service, reacting ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/16/2015 8:25 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 15 October 2015
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The upsurge of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens – by young people, female as well as male – the resumption of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, the insistence on using Islamic holy places as an excuse for violence, the continuing deliberate falsehoods about Israeli intentions, and the ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2015 7:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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Hello darkness. The whole world, except perhaps the venerable Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the author Alice Walker, and the UN Human Rights Council, recognize that the State of Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. No further evidence of this is required than the vitriolic attack on Israel by ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/13/2015 10:07 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 12 October 2015
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Once upon a time, or more precisely September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama spoke of the core principle of his presidency, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Today, the core has become somewhat miniscule as the U.S., conscious of its failures in Syria ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/12/2015 7:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015
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The world of international politics took a dramatic turn on September 30, 2015 with the military action of Russia in Syria, the first operation beyond the boundaries of the former Soviet Union since the end of the Cold War. It coincided with the admission of the U.S. Pentagon that its efforts to establish ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2015 7:49 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015
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We all know that from the time they emerged as a political group claiming a separate identity from other Arabs, the Palestinians have never lost an opportunity to lose an opportunity. Now, they’re ignoring the valuable political wisdom that when you’re in a hole, stop digging. Their hole grows greater ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2015 7:34 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 3 October 2015
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We have the truth on the highest authority. Fawzi Barhoum, spokesperson for Hamas, in denying in May 2015 that his organization was engaged in “secret talks” with Israel, called Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, a liar and a slanderer. One must admit that Barhoum is not always trustworthy ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/03/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
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In his testimony before the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2015, former General David H. Petraeus speaking truth to power remarked that the crises of the Middle East pose a threat not just to regional stability but also to global stability and to vital interests of the United States. This is particularly ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/29/2015 8:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 11 September 2015
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All reasonable people are troubled by the continuing tragic migration crisis in Europe and the apparent suffering of so many thousands of people.  The drip has become a flood.  The United States and European countries have a moral obligation to help, after proper vetting, individuals validly seeking ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/11/2015 7:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015
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Sport provides a unique opportunity to bring people with different opinions and life styles together. However, since the game of football, incorrectly termed soccer in the United States, emerged in its present form from the British elite schools in the mid 19 th century it has been often been the occasion ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/08/2015 7:11 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 5 September 2015
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Ireland is not one of the more supportive countries of the State of Israel, but discussion of an important moment in its 20th-century history may be useful for casting a light on the Arab-Israeli dispute and providing a valuable, if not complete, parallel with it. The Easter Rising in April 1916 ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/05/2015 1:08 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 4 September 2015
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By September 17, 2015, the United States Senate must vote on a "resolution of disapproval" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear arrangement with Iran.  It is appropriate that the senators discuss whether the agreement is, as the Obama administration argues, the best available strategy ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/04/2015 8:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015
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The stories and photographs of migrants attempting to enter Europe is a human tragedy, heartbreaking as people die trying to cross the Mediterranean. On August 27, 2015, over 50 migrants were found dead inside an abandoned truck, a Hungarian registered vehicle, abandoned on a highway in Austria, near ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/02/2015 7:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015
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On May 8, 2015, French president François Hollande spoke at the Elysée Palace at a ceremony at which prizes were awarded to middle and high school students for the best essays in memory of the Resistance and Deportation.  It was exactly seventy years since Charles de Gaulle on May 8, 1945 broadcast ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/01/2015 8:06 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 28 August 2015
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The immortal Marx -- Groucho not Karl -- was in Tehran, Iran on August 23, 2015 when he heard the Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammed Javed Zarif say to British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”  Members of the United States Senate presently discussing ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/28/2015 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015
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It was a gratifying surprise, and a sign of the changing political configurations in the Middle East that the retired Saudi major general, Anwar Eshki, director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, spoke on panels in Washington and New York in 2015 together with Dore ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/26/2015 10:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015
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On August 21, 2015 the Israeli born actress Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her role as an obsessed ballerina in the film Black Swan, made a controversial debut on the political stage. She commented that the Holocaust has been the focus of too much attention from some in the Jewish community, ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/25/2015 10:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 26 July 2015
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Though the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) endorsed by unanimity the nuclear arms agreement of July 14, 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 powers, the United States Congress is expected to vote on it by September 17.  The UNSC agreed to lift the economic sanctions on Iran it imposed by Resolution ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/26/2015 1:06 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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In the Tour de France, the annual multiple bicycle race, riders are classified according to their performance in the various categories of the race.  The overall winner gains the coveted yellow jersey.  The last rider to finish is affectionately termed the lanterne rouge, the red lantern.  The political lanterne ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2015 11:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 20 July 2015
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On July 17, 2015 the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met President Barack Obama in the White House to discuss security in the Middle East and specifically the nuclear agreement signed three days earlier with Iran. On the same day, King Salman met in Mecca with a group hitherto considered ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/20/2015 7:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 17 July 2015
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The attention of the world has been focused on the Middle East and on the nuclear agreement with Iran that almost certainly will lead to that country becoming a nuclear power. Less attention has been paid to the link between a Muslim ethnic group in China and Islamist terrorists, and even less to the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2015 6:45 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 17 July 2015
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I was lucky enough to be able to be present on two occasions. I was able listen in to a lengthy phone conversation between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rohani. They were discussing the agenda for the Iran-PS 5 ? 1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was to be signed on July ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2015 5:20 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 13 July 2015
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, except by book reviewers in the New York Times, that Bernard Lewis is the most important and distinguished scholar on the history of the Middle East and of the Islamic and Arab past. Therefore, it was startling that Jacob Heilbrunn in his review of the book ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2015 9:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 July 2015
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Posted on 07/11/2015 11:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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