Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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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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Thursday, 3 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Marc Anthony, with rhetorical virtuosity and shrewd in the means of persuading people, orated over the corpse of Brutus who had just been killed by his army that he was the Noblest Roman of them all. It is unlikely he would have made a similar remark over the very much alive ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/03/2018 4:29 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Scooter Libby When I use a word, said the Washington, D.C. lawyer and former official, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less. Consider what's in a name? That which we call a "leak" does not smell as sweet as the word "give" for James Comey, former Director ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/01/2018 7:13 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 28 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Say it over and over again, never stop saying that anti-semitism is a nauseating disease that must be eliminated. The things they're saying fill my heart with fear. Proposals for that elimination are not likely to be on the agenda of the meeting on April 27, 2018 in the White ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/28/2018 5:50 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 23 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Yelena Rzhevskaya Truth will be a little late arriving in the world over here. As a result, it is time to use your mentality, wake up to reality. Some refuse to do so and posit conspiracy theories: Elvis is still alive; Princess Diana was murdered by British intelligence; the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/23/2018 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 21 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Fairy tales can come true, it has happened to those who are young at heart. That may help explain why a new generation is arising in European politics, if not the surfacing of a comprehensive cult of youth. The 31 year old Sebasian Kurz is prime minister in Austria, the 39 year ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/21/2018 7:47 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Margaret Rutherford in Agatha Christie's “Murder, She Said.” There'll be a change in the political weather now that there's been some changes made in the literary sea. The BBC with a controversial broadcast in April 2018 showed how identity can be changed by dramatic altering ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/18/2018 7:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 16 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It's too darn hot, nations prefer the temperature low, but we're having a heat wave because of Russian defiance of international norms. As patrons of fashionable steak restaurants know, for over a year sophistcated chefs for economic and other reasons, have created a standard ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/16/2018 7:04 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 12 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Say it isn't so, you can't stop people from talking and writing, but say it isn't so. It is a matter of grave concern that the U.S. is confronting a serious and growing problem related to the prevalence of fake news that undermines honest and serious coverage of public affairs. ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/12/2018 6:02 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 6 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It is a truth universally acknowledged that the treatment of women throughout history, whether for economic, social, or ontological reasons, has been unequal in all spheres of life, making them as Simone de Beauvoir wrote, a "Second Sex." This truth has been confirmed at the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/06/2018 7:25 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Caravans were once romantic. Duke Ellington informed us musically about the night and stars above that shine so bright and the mystery of their fading light that shines upon our caravan. Neither the United States, where a caravan is threatening to come, nor the State of Israel ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/04/2018 6:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 2 April 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On March 30, 2018 the Hamas group called on Gazans to demonstrate in a "March to Return." Palestinian protestors, variously estimated but probably 30,000, massed along the Israeli border, burning tires, throwing stones and fire bombs at Israeli soldiers. Those soldiers respond ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2018 4:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 30 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In his brilliant film, La Regle du Jeu, often considered one of the greatest film ever made, the director Jean Renoir, tackling a serio-comedy of manners in a French upper class setting of the late 1930s, discusses the rules of the game, the mores that specify proper behavior, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/30/2018 6:57 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis By now it is clear that the UN Human Rights Council, created in 2006 with noble intentions on the basis of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the international organizations that has little interest in the real violations of human rights in the world. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2018 7:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Paris 1968 "Everywhere I hear the sound of marchin', charging feet, cause summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street." The words were written in 1968 by Mick Jagger who said he wrote it after an anti-war rally at the U.S. Embassy in London, and he was inspired ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/27/2018 10:52 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 24 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Was the presidential election swayed by the use of illegal funding for campaigns or by outside influence?  In the United States the issue is arguable and polemical and remains a moot question. Now the issue has become potentially politically explosive in France. We don't need ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/24/2018 7:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 22 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The nerve gas agents in Britain keep coming, the deadly chemicals are flowing, can the UK and the West in general weather the storm? Are Russian actions now more dangerous than Islamist terrorism? It isn't surprising the temperature of relations between Russia and the West is ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2018 6:41 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Ecclesiastes warned, "of making many books there is no end." Certainly, the output on Jews and the State of Israel continues in full flood. The latest work is In Search Israel: The History of an Idea (Princeton U.P.), written by Michael Brenner, German born historian, child ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2018 9:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 12 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Silence may be the perfect herald of joy but sometimes has unfortunate consequences. Sir Thomas More, 16th century lawyer and Lord High Chancellor of England in 1532 refused to approve the decision of King Henry VIII to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon, but as a result was ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2018 9:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 9 March 2018
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis We know that the moon lingers over London town when a nightingale sings in Berkeley Square. We now also know that the streets in London, and in some British towns, are not paved with stars but are the locale of suspicious deaths, or attempts to kill political opponents, alleged ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2018 11:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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