Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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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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Saturday, 27 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis In 1871 Karl Marx published a pamphlet, The Civil War in France, discussing the fight between the radical Commune radical group that had ruled Paris for a few months and the national government that resulted in more than 20,000 casualties. The Commune attempted to institute political ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/27/2016 11:21 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis It is welcome news when perpetrators of real evil are brought to justice. The civilized world will delight in the fact that in the last month two Islamist terrorists, one repentant, the other defiant, have been prosecuted and convicted for their infamous deeds in courts, one in ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/23/2016 1:49 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 22 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis Fairy tales can come true, it could happen to those who are lucky and politically naïve at heart. Unfortunately, the Obama administration in its relations with Iran has gone to extremes with impossible schemes and tales that fly in the face of objective reality, and even disregard ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/22/2016 8:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 18 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis Predictions are always perilous, especially about the future. Pollsters, either professional organizers or on behalf of their candidates, are understandingly often imperfect in explaining how and why individuals vote the way they do and the reasons for their decision. Most of ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/18/2016 3:38 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis Conspiracy theories never end. People love them and have a compulsion to believe falsities whether for personal or ideological reasons. We are told that Elvis Presley, who is rumored to have died in Memphis on August 16, 1977 is still alive. Some suspect that the photos of Apollo ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/17/2016 6:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis On August 12, 2016, Syrian Democratic Forces, Arab and Kurdish fighters liberated the Syrian city of Manbij, near the Turkish border. This stronghold that ISIS had held since early 2014 fell to the liberating forces after two months of heavy conflict. Local citizens had been abused ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/16/2016 4:47 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 14 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis Why is the headquarters of the United Nations still in New York? If it is removed, we’ll have Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island too. Once removed and situated elsewhere, Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, who canceled plans to attend in 2013, can attend meetings of the UN ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/14/2016 8:11 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 11 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis In order to form a more perfect understanding of politics in the Middle East and to provide a prescription for American foreign policy concerning the morass in Syria, it is important to appreciate the complexities of the issues raised by the civil war in that country. For the United ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/11/2016 4:07 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 7 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis In one of the great speeches of the 20th century General Charles de Gaulle on BBC Radio on June 18,1940 spoke to the French people after the government of France had capitulated to Nazi Germany. Optimistically, he argued that France would be able in the future to overcome the enemy ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2016 4:59 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 31 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis Neither film goers nor political commentators might see much in common between Walt Disney’s colorful and noisy character Donald Duck who has delighted audiences for 70 years and the colorful and noisy personality, Donald Trump, who is starring in the political arena  at the present ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/31/2016 8:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis Everyone admires the intriguing puzzles and solutions in the stories of Sherlock Holmes. In the Adventures of Silver Blaze the curious incident of the dog that did nothing, did not bark, in the night was the clue towards solving the mystery. Sherlock is needed to solve the mystery ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/27/2016 4:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 24 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis Munich is not a name that conjures up pleasant memories for political shrewdness. On September 30, 1938 the Munich Agreement was signed and the appeasement policies of the Western democracies allowed Nazi Germany to annex parts of Czechoslovakia, and to take actions leading to World ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2016 5:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis On August 7, 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a French television program transmitted a timely warning to his French audience. The fight against terrorism he said was not “Israel’s battle…It’s your battle, it’s the battle of France.” His words were prescient, “if ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/20/2016 4:48 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis Originality in any form does not come easily. Few politicians can claim the mantle of Demosthenes, the 4th century B.C. perfect orator of ancient Greece, or Cicero, his later Roman counterpart, or Winston Churchill in our own times, for their utterances. Few writers can forge a ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2016 4:26 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 15 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis Born in New York, he is a provocative maverick with whom the political establishment is ill at ease. He is a colorful, charismatic, undiplomatic, burly individual with a shock of blond seemingly uncontrollable hair, who has difficulty in keeping his mouth shut. He glories as a showman ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2016 7:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis On July 13, 2016 Theresa May, the present Home Secretary, became the new leader of the ruling British Conservative party and Prime Minister. Naturally, her main task is to redefine the role of Britain in the world after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.  Yet, though she ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/12/2016 5:02 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 8 July 2016
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by Michael  Curtis To lose one email on a personal server may be regarded as a misfortune: to lose several thousand work related emails looks like carelessness. Certainly, FBI Director James B. Comey on July 5, 2016 thought that the handling of very sensitive highly classified information by former ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2016 3:14 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis As a result of the narrow victory, 51.8 per cent to 48.11 per cent, at the referendum on June 23, 2016 for the UK to leave membership of the European Union the British system is in internal political turmoil and uncertain about future relationships with the EU. Unexpected complicated ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2016 4:30 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 4 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis The Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin once said, “There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.” He might have been talking of the UK in June 2016 with the events connected with the referendum on June 23, 2016 on British membership of or Brexit, exit, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2016 12:00 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 2 July 2016
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by Michael Curtis Some people get their kicks from champagne. Others get them from selling and buying relics of Nazi Germany, or from remembrance and celebration of things from that evil regime. The ongoing present puzzle is the mentality and the motivation of those getting kicks from buying the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2016 1:56 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 23 June 2016
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by Michael Curtis In 1648 the Swedish politician and diplomat Count Axel Oxenstierna wrote to his son, “Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.” Recent events in the United States and elsewhere amply justify the aphorism. Here are a few of those events. 1. On January ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2016 7:45 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
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by Michael Curtis It would be too unkind to say that the Obama Administration resembles the Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight, the appellation given by the novelist Jimmy Breslin to a story about a Brooklyn Mafia mob. Yet, even loyal supporters of the Administration are perplexed and embarrassed ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2016 6:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 20 June 2016
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by Michael Curtis The recent consensus by the German foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and presidential candidate Donald Trump on the problem and activity of NATO has come as an unexpected surprise. First was the statement on June 17, 2016 by the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/20/2016 7:10 AM by Michael Curtis
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