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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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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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