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Monday, 23 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Two coins in the fountain of the historical analysis of Italy's role in the Holocaust jostle for which one will be blessed. It remains controversial which one will be granted. The familiar and prevalent view is a positive one of the "good," benevolent  and generous Italians, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/23/2018 5:18 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 21 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis How are the mighty fallen. For centuries the Ottoman Empire was a powerful state, multinational and multilingual,  controlling much of southeast Europe, western Asia, and North Africa. One amusing sign of its significance was the exchange of letters, envoys, and goods  between ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/21/2018 6:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 16 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The snowflakes continued on July 10, 2018 in New York City though the temperature was 90 degrees. About fifty of the usual suspects defied the heat to protest outside the Joyce Theater on the opening night performance of the Tel Aviv Bathsheva Dance Company which is generally ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2018 8:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 14 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A spectre is haunting the United States and Europe, the spectre of immigration. It will not dissolve until the political and judicial systems of those countries enter into a holy alliance to exorcize it. The issue arouses fervent passion that frustrates the fulfillment of Article ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2018 5:03 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis This is the season on the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, at the Sanfermines festival when hundreds of foolhardy youngsters run through the street, as has been the custom for 700 years defying the animals from goring and trampling them. In 2017 thousands engaged in ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2018 4:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 7 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Charles Maurras In its current edition the Oxford English Dictionary named "post-truth," as the international word of the year. It defines this new term: "objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeal to emotion and personal belief." The word symbolizes ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2018 3:22 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 5 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Irving Berlin In celebrations of July 4 throughout the country it was appropriate and meaningful to welcome the song God Bless America, now almost a second U.S. national anthem, written by a Russian born Jew who came to the U.S. at the age of five. For its composer Irving Berlin, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2018 4:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 1 July 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis What a difference a dame makes. At a moment when some American women, public oficials and private citizens have displayed astonishing disrespect and incivilty towards those they abhor for political reasons, it is refreshing to witness and welcome the nation wide tribute in France ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2018 2:28 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 21 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Brigadoon, 1954 What a day that would be, what a rare mood for democratic countries, if not the whole human race, if fact followed fiction and emulated the charming musical, the 1954 Hollywood film Brigadoon. That fantasy portrays a small Scottish village that is protected ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2018 3:01 PM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Amy Wax gives a lecture at Middlebury College Is it an earthquake or merely a shock? On June 14, 2018 the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, issued his report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton emails by the DoJ and the FBI. It found that ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/20/2018 8:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 16 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Blogger Alison Chabloz arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, where she is accused of posting an anti-Semitic song online denying the Holocaust. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire There is an optmistic forecast there'll be a change in the weather, a change in the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2018 5:18 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis We would all like to be, or to be considered, saints. When the saints go marching in, yes I want to be in that number. Since saints are so few it's best to string along with good people who have faults. This is pertinent to a new case of possible canonization, the first British ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/12/2018 12:20 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 10 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Did you say Americans, some adults as well as many snowflakes have got a lot to learn? Many studies have made us aware of the civic ignorance, and the historical amnesia of citizens in the US. Though Thomas Jefferson is often incorrectly quoted as the author of the axiom, it ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2018 6:56 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 7 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Let's have Hope, even Crosby, in Singapore. The summit wind came blowing in from across the sea. It lingered there in the luxury Capella Hotel in Sentosa Island, Singapore until the arrival of President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, 34 year old leader of the Democratic People's ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/07/2018 12:44 PM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Alison Chabloz Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire To alter a Wilde witticism, a true lady is one who is never unintentionally rude. A number of women, perhaps not ladies though experienced public entertainers, in both the U.S. and in Britain, may be considered examples of Oscar's ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2018 4:40 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 3 June 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Matteo Salvini (right) and Luigi di Maio (left) (BBC) Volare, oh, oh, away from the maddening crowds, we can leave the confusion and all disillusion behind, has often been the chant of Italians in search of the elusive political rainbow. Cosi Cosa may have had little meaning ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/03/2018 12:38 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 31 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Winston Churchill delivered some of the most stirring and inspiring speeches in history, yet occasionally even he was at a loss for words. In a BBC broadcast on August 24, 1941 referring to Nazi brutalities in Europe, he remarked,"We are in the presence of a crime without a ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2018 8:11 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Snowflakes keep falling on campus heads, nothing seems to fit. Snowflakes are light and blow with the wind, but they become potent if they form a blizzard. They already have produced a storm in U.S. and British universities where some members of the faculty, student body, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/29/2018 4:52 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 27 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The strategy is famed. If you can't beat your opponents on the military field, or with facts, beat them with the law. The strategy is an axiom of the Palestinian Authority PA. Having finished the commemoration of Nakba (Catastophe) day on May 15, the day in 1948 when five Arab ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/27/2018 5:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 24 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar It's still the same old story, a fight for semantic glory. This time the fight is to define "proportionate." More familiar is the buzzword "disproportionate," frequently and automatically uttered in meetings of United Nations bodies and by the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/24/2018 5:14 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 20 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis "Don't let's be beastly to the Germans. Their Bach is really far worse than their bite," sang Noel Coward in his song written in war torn Britain in 1943. His satirical parody, a personal favorite of Winston Churchill, was directed against those who took what he thought was ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/20/2018 5:28 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It is rewarding to think continually of those who were truly great. All the world is aware of and esteems the unique man with a distinctive mass of hair, unlit pipe in his mouth, the playful, sometimes absent-minded personality who loved playing the violin, and who is universally ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2018 12:07 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 13 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Perhaps it was Heraclitus around 500 B.C. who first expressed the idea, but it was Oscar Wilde who has a character in his play An Ideal Husband say, "to expect the unexpected shows a throughly modern intellect." Those with such an intellect, or even more those with a more outmoded ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2018 5:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Are the Tsars out tonight? High in the sky the Tsars climb. For policy makers in Washington it is useful to compare two individuals who have risen in the Russian sky. On May  7, 2018 the 65 year old Vladimir V. Putin was sworn in as President of Russia for another six year term, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/09/2018 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 6 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Henry Morgenthau and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1934 Saviors of the Jewish people appear from time to time. Purim is a holiday celebrating the saving of Jews from annilihation in the Persian Empire. The villian Haman, the royal vizier, wanted to destroy all the Jews in ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/06/2018 9:15 AM by Michael Curtis
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