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Monday, 21 December 2015
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In early December 2015 Time Magazine announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was its Person of the Year. Among her many accomplishments was that Germany had led in welcoming Middle Eastern immigrants and was committed to accepting 800,000 this year. The editors of Time may have been startled ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2015 10:32 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 20 December 2015
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The old proverb is still compelling: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  It has clearly penetrated the halls of the European Union. On December 16-17, 2015 the 9th EU- Israel Seminar on Combatting Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism took place in Brussels.  Some 30 representatives from ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015
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Once upon a time Sweden produced both charm and righteousness. It graced the world with Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Ingmar Bergman with his Smiles of a Summer Night, ABBA, the pop group, and the courageous Raoul Wallenberg who as a diplomat saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in Budapest from the Holocaust ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2015 7:56 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 12 December 2015
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Former President Jimmy Carter is not renowned as being one of Israel’s best and dearest friends. Indeed, he has been a severe critic of Israel and a supporter of boycotts of Israel. But, though he has not yet made any public statement on the issue, he may have inadvertently given the definite rejoinder ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2015 10:04 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015
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To say that Ezra Pound is not the favorite poet of rational people is a striking understatement. Pound, fascist and anti-Semite, broadcast anti-American messages on the radio in Rome during World War II and was consequently indicted for treason and imprisoned for thirteen years. Nevertheless, some of ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2015 7:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 7 December 2015
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In his moving book, Se questo e un uomo (If this be a man; or Survival in Auschwitz), the Italian Primo Levi wrote that attitudes towards the Jews during the Holocaust mostly ranged from indifference to hostility. In a world of total moral collapse, he said, there was a small minority who mustered extraordinary ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2015 1:11 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 7 December 2015
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On December 2, 2015, Mr. Hilary Benn, the 62-year-old British Labour Party shadow (opposition) foreign minister, delivered an extraordinary, impassioned, and moving speech in the House of Commons supporting the extension of British air strikes against ISIS from Iraq to Syria.  The speech, a remarkable ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2015 7:42 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 7 December 2015
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Belgium has made great contributions to civilization and world culture. We know that the potato dish unfairly called “French fries” really originated in Belgium. This small country has given us Herge’s Adventures of Tintin, Moules-frites, Brussels Sprouts, Rene Magritte and his pipe that isn’t a pipe, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2015 7:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
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Time and again I’ve longed for diversity, something to make my brain beat the faster. Searching for true diversity in U.S. colleges is quite an adventure. Some students at U.S. privileged colleges, especially Princeton University and Amherst College, avowing that they have feelings of alienation ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2015 7:08 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 28 November 2015
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The UN General Assembly has the tiresome habit of almost always being wrong. No one expected the 193-member international organization to be the pinnacle of political wisdom, but few had thought it would become base clay. It showed its habitual lack of balance and its persistent prejudice once again ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/28/2015 8:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 26 November 2015
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Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has been on alert for several days because of fear of serious and imminent Islamist terrorist attacks on various places in the city.  Schools and universities, many workplaces, and the subway system for a time have been closed, and parts of the city were sealed off. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2015 11:28 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015
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How horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite. In recent days in November 2015, religious and American academic groups have unabashedly illustrated that false face hides what the false heart knows. On this seventieth anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials of the Nazi criminals, it is ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2015 7:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 23 November 2015
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The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 have called for strong, decisive action in response to the real threat facing Western Europe, the U.S., and Russia.  The correct choice should be made.  The priority in the Middle East should be determined action against the perpetrators of an act ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/23/2015 8:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
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Only minutes after the horrible massacres in Paris on November 13, 2015 French President Francois Hollande made it plain. The attacks in Paris by ISIS and its supporters were an act of war waged by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, the Islamic State ISIS or Daesh, against France. In contrast, President ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2015 7:14 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 15 November 2015
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What fools these mortals be!  In view of events in November 2015 Shakespeare may have been talking about the unwise statements and inadequate, even ludicrous, policies of political leaders in the United States and in Western Europe. Now that Paris on November 13, 2015 was attacked by Islamist terrorists ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2015 5:42 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 13 November 2015
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The Middle East is the worst region in the world for freedom of expression. The group, Reporters without Borders, founded in France in 1985 to monitor the state of freedom of information worldwide, made this clear in its 2015 report on the issue. Of the 180 countries surveyed, Syria was almost at the ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2015 6:41 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 12 November 2015
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The great thinkers of the past have tried to teach us how to behave in civilized and open societies. The English philosopher John Stuart Mill proclaimed that freedom of thought and expression are essential for both individuals and society as a whole. Anyone entering the main reading room of the New ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/12/2015 7:07 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 7 November 2015
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Arabs and their friends seem very fond of rocks. On July 3, 2000 Edward Said, the University Professor of English at Columbia University, illustrated that fondness when he, unaware his actions were being photographed, joined the familiar chorus of those shouting insults and throwing rocks at Israel ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/07/2015 9:17 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 5 November 2015
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The United Kingdom has many attractions, Wimbledon, strawberries and cream, and political parties that talk to each other. What a pity that it also has far too many self-righteousness and holier-than-thou academics whose bigotry is as considerable as their lack of knowledge of Middle East realities. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2015 12:22 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 5 November 2015
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A specter, that has taken material form, is haunting the world, the specter of Islamic terrorism, embodied by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or Daesh in Arabic). The countries of the world, all rational political entities, groups, and individuals, must enter into an alliance to exorcize ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2015 11:27 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015
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Now is the autumn of American political discontent and confusion over foreign policy. Winston Churchill once called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. His quip may well apply to current American policy. Is the United States serious in the fight against Islamist terrorism? President ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2015 7:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 25 October 2015
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On October 22, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry, in the context of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and the Israeli response to them, spoke of the need to end the incitement to violence and to lower the level of tension so that calm could be restored in the area. Speaking to ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2015 12:34 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 24 October 2015
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The New York Times is overjoyed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, strained in the tension of the Arab stabbing of Jews in Jerusalem and other places, “misspoke” in remarks on October 20, 2015, when he said that Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini gave Adolf Hitler the ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2015 7:47 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 22 October 2015
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The wave of violence started by Palestinians youths,the stabbing of Israeli civilians and the Israeli response, that has resulted in the deaths of 43 Palestinians, 10 Israelis, and a Eritrean migrant worker continues. The terrorist attacks have largely been the outcome of false Muslim allegations that ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2015 8:14 AM by Michael Curtis
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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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