Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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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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Saturday, 5 November 2016
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by Michael Curtis Harassed as she is by the constitutional and economic problems of Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May, like Margaret Thatcher a generation ago, is a lady not for turning.  She is fully capable of stiffening the sinews and summoning up the blood of a ruler to meet and overcome ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2016 8:59 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016
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by Michael Curtis Much of the writing on Jewish history has focused on the complex experience of Ashkenazi Jews, their achievements as well as the discrimination and persecution mounted against them. For generations, Ashkenazi Jews constituted about three quarters of Jews worldwide. Concentrated ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2016 1:39 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis Rarely in history has an offer of 13 billion euros been refused by a state or organization. One would think this was an offer that couldn’t be refused. The Government of Ireland entered the book of records on September 2, 2016 by not taking the offered gift. Instead, it decided ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/21/2016 2:31 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis Few are likely to mistake New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the fount of political wisdom. Even those few must have been astonished by his response to the first of the two incidents in his city on September 17, 2016. In his mode of political correctness, he said that the explosion ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/20/2016 8:28 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 16 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis Catholic religious leaders have been making unusually strong statements about Islamist terrorists. Pope Francis, in a ceremony on September 14, 2016, honoring the priest Fr. Jacques Hamel who had been murdered by two Islamist terrorists in his church on July 26, 2016, told his congregation ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/16/2016 4:20 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis American citizens must have been startled and shocked when a prominent politician, who should know better words, informed them with passionate intensity of the existence of “deplorables” in their ranks.  No doubt some citizens would like the numbers and identity of them in the absurd ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2016 7:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 11 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis The opening in London of a new British film Anthropoid dealing with the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich on May 27, 1942 is a reminder of one of the world’s most evil individuals. At the same time it provides an opportunity to reflect on the consequences and the cost of highly ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/11/2016 5:00 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 9 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis Shakespeare told us that the quality of mercy is not strained, but he did not tell us that the quality of justice in the United States and in Britain regarding Islamic terrorism is not flawless. In both countries recent verdicts of the courts did not fit the crime, nor truly appreciate ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/09/2016 12:54 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 7 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis Why are United Nations officials so oblivious to their own documents let alone to the truth? This appears to be the case with Nicolay Mladenov, the Bulgarian born UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process. He appears to be unaware of the crucial cornerstone document on ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/07/2016 2:59 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 6 September 2016
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by Michael Curtis “If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, “the law is an ass, an idiot.” He could have been referring to U.S. court decisions that have allowed instigators or abettors of Palestinian terrorism to evade punishment for terrorist actions against ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/06/2016 4:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis In his war-time directive when Britain was facing the threat of invasion by Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill told his country, “we shall fight on the beaches…we shall never surrender.” France today is divided over the invasion of the sunny beaches of the French Riviera by the burkini, ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/31/2016 2:09 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 28 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis For the next President of the United States, it is important to take account of two pressing issues, the continuing war in Afghanistan, and the political and strategic intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a moment when there is controversy over American policy and ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/28/2016 5:22 AM by Michael Curtis
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