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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
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Political correctness and intellectual prejudice have poisoned the principle of free speech. Six writers, among the more than 60 other scheduled hosts, withdrew from the ceremony of the PEN American Center on May 5, 2015 at which the Freedom of Expression Courage award is to be given to the French satirical ...Read More...
Posted on 04/29/2015 7:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 27 April 2015
Bob Dylan in 1964 told us the times they are a-changin. He also urged senators, congressmen, to please to heed the call. That call has been proclaimed by the New York Timesand the Washington Post that have become part of the vast right-wing conspiracy as a result of their strong stories about the improprieties, ...Read More...
Posted on 04/27/2015 6:07 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
On March 9, 2015, an open letter, drafted by United States Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 47 senators, was sent to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It sought to enlighten the Iranians about two features of the United States Constitution. One was that Congress plays a significant ...Read More...
Posted on 04/22/2015 7:20 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 20 April 2015
Everyone except the idiots of the world knows the truth about Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps, and the one where an estimated 1.3 million were murdered. It is preserved as it was in January 1945 when the camp was liberated. The gas chambers at Birkenau were destroyed by the Nazis ...Read More...
Posted on 04/20/2015 7:26 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Casey Stengel, sometimes reputed as the greatest 20th-century American philosopher, is reported to have asked a simple but critical question: “Can’t anybody here play this game?” He was apparently referring not to the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, but to the ineffectiveness and hapless ...Read More...
Posted on 04/18/2015 8:07 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
The death in Paris on April 8, 2015 of Jean-Louis Crémieux-Brilhac, historian and member of the French resistance in World War II, has reawakened the controversy of what has been termed “the French paradox.” Although 76,000 Jews were deported from France to their death, how was it that 75% of Jews in ...Read More...
Posted on 04/14/2015 7:57 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Horrors and chaos in the Arab world never cease. The continuing catastrophe of the brutal civil war in Syria has so far led to 210,000 deaths and 11 million driven from their homes. The latest horror is the siege and battle between Islamic groups taking place within that country in April 2015 in the ...Read More...
Posted on 04/11/2015 9:12 AM by Michael Curtis