Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis
Friday, 17 July 2015
I was lucky enough to be able to be present on two occasions. I was able listen in to a lengthy phone conversation between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rohani. They were discussing the agenda for the Iran-PS 5 ? 1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was to be signed on July ...Read More...
Posted on 07/17/2015 5:20 PM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 13 July 2015
It is a truth universally acknowledged, except by book reviewers in the New York Times, that Bernard Lewis is the most important and distinguished scholar on the history of the Middle East and of the Islamic and Arab past.
Therefore, it was startling that Jacob Heilbrunn in his review of the book ...Read More...
Posted on 07/13/2015 9:26 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 11 July 2015
Posted on 07/11/2015 11:26 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 11 July 2015
Michael Oren has had an honorable career, growing up in New Jersey, a baseball fan who got his doctorate at Princeton, a distinguished historian, and Israeli ambassador to Washington from 2009 to 2013. His new book Allyis a valuable and sober dissection of the real existing relationship, one that used ...Read More...
Posted on 07/11/2015 8:14 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 10 July 2015
Greece is the historical land of myths that have influenced literature and life. No myth is more compelling than the series of heroic tasks performed by Hercules. Of these, the most enticing is his obtaining the golden apples of Hesperides.
The challenge for Greece today and the general political ...Read More...
Posted on 07/10/2015 10:19 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
The nightmare generated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) is causing turmoil in the Middle East. Everyone affected is now pondering, “Am I awake or is this just a dream?” The new advances by IS in June 2015 have led to the exodus of another 30,000 Arab Iraqis from Fallujah, now in the hands ...Read More...
Posted on 07/07/2015 7:03 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 6 July 2015
The silence was truly deafening. Not a sound from Archbishop Desmond Tutu or Alice Walker or the eager boycotters of Israel or the United Nations Human Rights Council about the brutal massacre of more than 70, perhaps 100, Egyptian soldiers and civilians by Islamist terrorists in the northern Sinai ...Read More...
Posted on 07/06/2015 7:05 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 3 July 2015
Two roads diverge and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cannot travel both. Unfortunately, instead of taking the right road, the path to overcoming Islamist terrorism, NATO is instead choosing to defend itself against supposed danger from the Russian Federation. It is not concentrating its ...Read More...
Posted on 07/03/2015 7:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
“Well, that’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into,” said Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel in many of their comedy films. Less humorously, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be saying that to Sheikh Muafak Tarif, the leader of the Druze community in Israel. Netanyahu’s new dilemma is whether, ...Read More...
Posted on 07/01/2015 7:48 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 29 June 2015
During the last year, Pope Francis has spoken out on a number of controversial political issues, including poverty, the environment, immigration, the fate of Christian communities in Arab countries, and the need for peace in the world. He has issued formal statements, most notably his encyclical letter ...Read More...
Posted on 06/29/2015 7:20 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 28 June 2015
It is always a moment of amusement to read the latest fulmination of the venerable archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. On June 17, 2015, he beguiled us again with his message to his dear sisters and brothers in the United Church of Christ, which is holding its general synod in Cleveland June 26-30, 2015. ...Read More...
Posted on 06/28/2015 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Conspiracy theories never stop. We have been told the earth is flat, that World War II was staged, that secret societies control the world, that Michael Jackson was killed by Iran, that the CIA created the HIV virus, that George H.W. Bush was a Nazi agent intent on destroying the United States, that ...Read More...
Posted on 06/25/2015 9:29 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on June 21, 2015 at meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah revealed plans to help revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that broke down in April 2014. The proposal would entail a United Nations Security Council resolution that would call for an agreement on ...Read More...
Posted on 06/24/2015 7:25 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The time has come to discuss, and considering implementing, the argument made by Karl Popper that we should claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. How do we stop young men and women from becoming jihadist terrorists? A depressing new incident on June 13, 2015 involving ...Read More...
Posted on 06/23/2015 1:32 PM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 20 June 2015
The international community, especially the United Nations Human Rights Council, must wake up and deal with contemporary reality, the increase in terrorism and in the number of refugees caused by the surge in violence. It is high time for them to give up their capacity for illusions, their obsession ...Read More...
Posted on 06/20/2015 8:46 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 18 June 2015
In his article “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte”, written in 1852, Karl Marx paraphrases Hegel’s aphorism that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. Hegel forgot to add, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Marx was comparing the ...Read More...
Posted on 06/18/2015 8:12 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
It is a cause of wonder, though not surprising, that the international community has not indicted the terrorist group Hamas on charges of war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and violations of international law, for its actions against innocent citizens, both Israelis and Palestinians, during the ...Read More...
Posted on 06/17/2015 7:47 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Posted on 06/16/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
It must have come as a great shock to the so-called international community that in June 2015 the so-called refugees, the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip protested that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was giving resources they deserved to other ...Read More...
Posted on 06/16/2015 8:22 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 15 June 2015
On June 8, 2015, the trial began in a Paris court of 15 members of the banned terrorist group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), who are accused of preparing and planning terrorist attacks on French Jews and businesses, and other targets.
French police who arrested the individuals found incriminating ...Read More...
Posted on 06/15/2015 12:37 PM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 14 June 2015
In the early 1980s, the Jeane Kirkpatrick doctrine presented a dilemma facing Western democratic systems: a choice between preferring authoritarian systems and dictatorships, which were pro-Western, and totalitarian systems that were anti-Western. Today, the West is confronted with a similar no-win ...Read More...
Posted on 06/14/2015 8:16 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 13 June 2015
James Madison: Good morning, Alexander. I just read that that the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State Kerry, has decided that the U.S. President, now Barack Obama, has the exclusive right to recognize formally a foreign power. Accordingly, it held that the 2002 statute ...Read More...
Posted on 06/13/2015 8:03 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 11 June 2015
The war against the State of Israel never ceases. At one moment in May 2015 it is the attempt of the deputy secretary of Fatah and head of the Palestinian Football Association to get the corrupt FIFA to suspend or expel Israel from international football. At another it is the executive committee of ...Read More...
Posted on 06/11/2015 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Sigmund Freud once wrote that artists' creations were imaginary gratification of unconscious wishes, just as dreams are. He would not have been puzzled by the disturbing dream in Nablus that troubled Rev. Giles Fraser, the 50 year old Church of England priest at St. Mary’s, Newington in South London.
We ...Read More...
Posted on 06/10/2015 5:13 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
International differences over territory and legitimacy of states are neither rare nor obscure, but the unparalleled number of religious, ethnic, symbolic, political, national, and legal factors concerning Jerusalem make it the most controversial and disputed issue.
The issue has divided the United ...Read More...
Posted on 06/09/2015 8:36 AM by Michael Curtis