Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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Thursday, 14 April 2016
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It is troubling that almost anything still goes. Good authors who once knew better words have again succumbed to bigotry of Palestinian pressure groups against Israel. A number of them are now endorsing the attempt of those groups to prevent better words emerging from anyone connected with the State ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/14/2016 2:29 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016
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At last voices of sanity, whether genuinely sincere or uttered for political reasons are being heard in Britain. They may not be voices of turtledoves, but they address in sharp tones the problem of antisemitism in the British Labour Party. The virus in that country, the cancer of antisemitism, not ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/12/2016 12:44 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016
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Cole Porter was not writing about the foreign policy of the Obama administration when he gave words of advice 70 years ago. In his 1936 song I’ve got you under my skin in a complicated melody with repeated notes, Porter advised “use your mentality, wake up to reality.” In view of a number of recent ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/06/2016 7:17 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 3 April 2016
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The world has been horrified by the rapid growth of the mosquito-borne virus Zika that has spread through all of South American and threatened the United States. The virus may cause birth defects in children and neurological problems in adults. The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/03/2016 1:50 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 1 April 2016
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Whatever else can be said about Donald Trump, everyone can agree he is a provocateur who intentionally or not stirs controversy on subjects to which little political attention has been focused.  He has injected a new issue in the presidential campaign by referring to NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2016 4:50 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016
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The world is full of noises and sounds. Some are sweet airs that give delight and do not hurt. Others are hurtful and pernicious and are deliberate distortions of documented truth, simple but false explanations of existing problems and of those individuals, groups, or nations who are the villains responsible ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/30/2016 12:58 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 19 March 2016
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This has been a winter of discontent with both the past and the present, and the two have merged. An improbable person, Russian President Vladimir Putin, has offered a stimulating comment on the issue, especially helpful for present day demonstrators in universities. The world has been horrified ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2016 4:52 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
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It is a welcome happening that the virus, the incubus of antisemitism, is receiving critical attention in a global way, and in some parts of the European political mainstream. It is equally welcoming, and sadly necessary, that democratic countries in Europe as well as in the United States are now providing ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2016 7:21 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 12 March 2016
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At the 18th Communist Party Congress on March 10, 1939 Josef Stalin warned that the Soviet Union would be cautious and “not allow our country to be drawn into conflicts of warmongers who are accustomed to have others pull chestnuts out of the fire for them.” The unidentified warmongers were implicitly ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2016 2:00 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 11 March 2016
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At the moment the people and politicians of Britain are involved in the complicated, controversial debate over the advantages and disadvantages of remaining in or exiting from the European Union. The decision has now become even more complicated as a result of proposals made by Turkey that are being ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2016 4:29 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 8 March 2016
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The spread of bigoted racism and displays of abysmal ignorance at what are supposed to be centers of learning in the United States and Britain is saddening and appears to be becoming out of control. In recent days, displays of that inverted racism and bigotry, including outbreaks of antisemitism and ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2016 5:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 4 March 2016
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Everyone, especially those in the academic world and the leaders of the African-American community in the United States, must stop tolerating the intolerable. Those leaders should make their voices heard on this issue. The precious principle of free speech does not and must not justify expressions of ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/04/2016 1:23 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 4 March 2016
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No one could have expected that the current presidential campaign would feature not one but two candidates who resemble in some ways and might be considered Marxists, one of a traditional kind, the other a more modern version. The traditional one, Bernie Sanders, is a self-described democratic socialist ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/04/2016 5:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016
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Every ranking of the world’s higher educational institutions puts Oxford University at or near the top. This internationally renowned institution is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, existing in some form since 1096. The University, with its dreamy spires, prides itself on its ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2016 3:48 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016
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A hundred and fifty years ago British Prime Minister Lord Derby praised Benjamin Disraeli, Leader of the House of Commons, for taking a “leap in the dark” in 1867 by introducing the Second Reform Act, a positive measure that extended the parliamentary vote to the urban electorate. Today, a different ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2016 8:52 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 22 February 2016
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At a moment when Turkey is involved in a host of problems, its fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ party in southeast Turkey, friction with Russia, uncertain involvement in the war against ISIS, and purported secret negotiations with Israel, it can still render service to the cause of international ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/22/2016 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 20 February 2016
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It has come as a surprise not only to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party but to the whole country, that thinks of him as a single idea presidential candidate, that Senator Bernie Sanders has an unparalleled mastery of foreign affairs, and that he has never met a political dictator he didn’t like. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2016 12:21 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 19 February 2016
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In his provocative article in the Wall Street Journal of February 17, 2016, Joseph Epstein referring to current presidential candidates, ridiculed the “lunatic politics” of people with only one idea and one idea only, a phrase he took from a poem by Wallace Stevens. Such lunatic politics purports to ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2016 10:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016
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In the good old days of Hollywood cowboy movies the truth was always obvious, the good guys wore white hats, and the villains wore black ones. In the real world judgment of people and of their behavior is not that simple. A particular example of this is the differing versions of the behavior of French ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2016 7:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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At this moment of history when the United States and European democratic countries are confronted by pressing problems especially Islamist terrorism and a gigantic migration crisis, U.S. foreign policy should be based more on appraisal of present practical factors and less on remembrance of things past ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2016 12:13 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 11 February 2016
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On July 8, 2014 the Israeli air force began to deal with rocket fire coming from Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In the preceding three weeks, Hamas had fired 250 rockets capable of reaching Israeli population centers. Many of those rockets were intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome system, but Israel ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2016 12:33 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016
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One of life’s imponderable problems is to decide whether the glass of water we’ve been drinking is half full or half empty. The same problem arises in deciding on the present condition of ISIS, whether it is declining or remaining a potent terrorist force. In his press conference on February 4, 2016, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/09/2016 5:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 6 February 2016
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Almost every day pundits inform us about the voting intentions and habits of various groups in elections in the United States. Almost by decimal points they have identified the intentions of blacks, Jews, evangelicals, Presbyterians, seniors, gays, and others. Now, a new survey in January 2016 by the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/06/2016 3:51 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 5 February 2016
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In September 2015 the photo of a 3 year-old Syrian child lying dead on a Turkish beach next to his mother and 5 year-old brother who had all drowned, as had over 2,000 others, was a poignant picture. Everyone recognizes the need for humanitarian assistance to a reasonable degree for those trying to ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/05/2016 11:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 4 February 2016
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In recent years the government of France has tried to play a role in Middle Eastern affairs, and in the struggle against Islamist terrorism. It has been particularly eager to resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. In December 2014 France proposed an international conference to discuss ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2016 6:49 AM by Michael Curtis
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