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Monday, 13 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis From the moment absurdity is recognized, wrote Albert Camus, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all. In politics the extent and irrationality of that passion has often been exhibited, and none more so than in attitudes to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Those ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2017 7:00 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Commenting on the 2016 US Presidential election French President Francois Hollande opined that “Trump’s victory opens a period of uncertainty.” One can agree that the US election campaign was unusually bitter with candidates who disliked each other and an electorate that was ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2017 8:15 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Things have come to a pretty pass and we don't know where we're at concerning Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. But we can't call the whole thing off. We can legitimately differ on whether Putin is a "killer" or not, or the father of his nation, or the noble knight saving ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2017 4:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 4 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis If the threat of Islamist terrorism is the major issue threatening the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran comes a close second. Its geo-political prominence, economic and military resources , and extreme ideology make it rife for international mischief. Economically, Iran ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2017 4:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Paris did not burn during World War II. Whether it is fact or myth General Dietrich von Cholitz, German Military Governor of Paris, is said to have disobeyed Adolf Hitler's orders in August 1944 to destroy the French capital, and instead surrended to Free French forces on August ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2017 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 30 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A new sheriff arrived in town with the appointment of Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, as US Ambassador to the United Nations. In her first speech, she indicated the disproportionate contribution by the United States, 22 % of the UN budget and 28% of UN peacekeeping ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/30/2017 12:19 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 27 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis No tears, no fears, today or tomorrow. It was pleasing irony that British Prime Minister Theresa May on January 26, 2017, speaking in the city where the American colonies declared their independence from the mother country, heralded the opportunity to "renew the Special Relationship" ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2017 3:42 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 23 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The winds of political change are blowing in the UK as they are in the United States. In both countries the kaleidoscope of the political world is changing as two issues, political sovereignty, and control over immigration, have taken center stage. American President Trump wants ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2017 6:04 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Another opening, another show. International politics has taken its cue from Cole Porter. Not far from Broadway, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is due to meet on January 18, 2017 to reiterate its favorite topic, condemnation of the State of Israel. It follows the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2017 7:25 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 13 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It's deja vu all over again. Another peace conference is being held in Paris on January 15, 2017 to stress and reaffirm international support for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It will be attended by foreign ministers of 70 countries but not by an ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2017 5:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 8 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Since 1993 citizens of New York City have had a sister city in Israel named Jerusalem. On December 5, 1949 the Israeli government declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and on January 23, 1950 the Knesset, Israel's parliament, proclaimed that Jerusalem was and had always ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/08/2017 6:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In his biting article in Commentary February 1, 1981, Daniel P. Moynihan, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, 1975-76, was critical of his successor Donald F. McHenry for not voting against a UN Security Council Resolution strongly critical of Israel. The United States ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/04/2017 11:28 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It would be much too unkind to say that President Barack Obama is a self-made man who worships his creator. Yet it is true that he seems always to back into the limelight, a feat that is not likely to diminish. After leaving the office of the presidency Obama has promised to ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/04/2017 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 26 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis It is sad to learn the truth about bigotry and intolerance concerning antisemitism being exhibited at British universities these days.  This prejudice of course was always present among some British intellectuals, if expressed in discreet and prudent form. Isaiah Berlin referred ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2016 5:22 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis Politics is a game, in some ways akin to football. A win depends on how many points are on the official scoreboard, not on how many yards have been covered. For a stable society to exist or a game to be successful certain rules must be followed. They may be simple or complex, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 7:48 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 18 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis What singular disgraceful theme unites advocates of the far right, the far left, and Islamic fundamentalists? In spite of the different ideologies and priorities of these groups, all share attitudes of intolerance, prejudice and hatred towards Jews, this unique combination of religion, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2016 5:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis In an interview on September 3, 2015 presidential candidate Donald Trump confessed he could not identify the leaders of major militant groups in the Middle East. More pertinently, he added he would know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah when it was appropriate. Trump explained, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/14/2016 4:28 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 11 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis What is the largest ethnic group that wants but does not have a nation state of its own?  No, it’s not the “Palestinian people,” but the Kurds who number between 30 and 35 million. Living in areas of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Armenia, they constitute the fourth largest ethnic ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2016 7:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis Rarely in history has a ten minute phone call, like that on Friday December 2, 2016, been credited with raising fears of new tensions in international politics. According to The New York Times on December 4, 2016, the “protocol shattering” phone call between President-elect Donald ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2016 2:36 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 5 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis It is a hyperbolic overstatement to say that the center cannot hold and mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, but it is fair to recognize that the tectonic plates of European politics are shifting. In one week in November- December 2016 this actuality was illustrated by electoral ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2016 3:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 1 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis The mills of democratic politics in Palestinian organizations grind slowly, if they ever grind at all. This was borne out once again at the 7th General Congress of the Fatah section of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) held in Ramallah, the capital of the West Bank on ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2016 1:06 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 27 November 2016
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by Michael Curtis President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. But attention should be paid by sore political losers to his pithy remark that "You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character." Among those who would profit from heeding the remark ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/27/2016 5:42 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
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by Michael Curtis The ongoing protests, now in their eighth day, against the election of Donald Trump as President of US can be seen in benign fashion as democracy in action, illustrations of the exercise of the right of free speech. Some of the protestors may be sincere, open minded critics of what ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2016 2:02 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 13 November 2016
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by Michael Curtis We can never know the whole truth, but we do know some of it. We know for sure that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. We know that, although New York Times reporter Nate Cohen confessed in his paper he had "fudged" projection numbers of the outcome ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2016 8:42 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 10 November 2016
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by Michael Curtis Everyone except barbaric jihadists will greet with delight the news that Iraqi military forces, helped by U.S. training, and allies are approching to liberate the city of Mosul, the largest Sunni center in Iraq, that had been captured by a few thousand ISIS militants in June 2014, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/10/2016 9:14 AM by Michael Curtis
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