Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis category.
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014
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All too often critics of the State of Israel have been obsessed believers of what they regard as the truth or been guilty of bad faith or dishonesty. Some have propounded lunatic conspiracy theories of Jews in the world and Israelis today as ruthless, treacherous individuals whose ambition and reach ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2014 10:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 22 December 2014
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Since the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance, the world has been conscious of menace on the high seas.  The operetta is delightfully playful and amusing.  In contrast, the scenario about and the decision on December 4, 2014 concerning Somali pirates made by the European Court ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2014 2:30 PM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
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In Oliver Twist, published in 1838, Charles Dickens has one of his characters, Mr. Bumble, declare, “If the law supposes that, the law is an ass, an idiot.”  One hundred and seventy-six years later Mr. Bumble would have used the same words in referring to a decision of the General Court (GC) of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2014 8:29 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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In the British political system members of the royal family are not supposed to utter political or controversial remarks on political issues. It was therefore very meaningful that on November 4, 2014 British Prince Charles in a recorded video broadcast by the BBC, spoke truth to the people. Charles, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2014 6:45 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 12 December 2014
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Once again, France has illuminated what Abraham Lincoln called “the moral lights around us.” On December 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. the French Human Rights ambassador, Patrizianna Sparacino-Thiellay, signed an agreement with Stuart Eizenstat, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Holocaust ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2014 6:48 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 11 December 2014
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Is it possible that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a closet Zionist?  We know that in the past he has taken a strong stand against anti-Semitism.  In his presidential address in the Hall of the Kremlin on December 4, 2014, Putin called the Crimea Peninsula, where the Russian Orthodox Church was ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2014 7:17 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 13 November 2014
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A pressing question lies in determining what effects considerable cuts in the price of oil, the glut in oil supplies, and the remarkable growth of the U.S. oil industry, has and will have on international politics as well as on the global economy.  Almost certainly, the United States and Western countries ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2014 6:56 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014
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In 1003 B.C., King David proclaimed Jerusalem the capital of Israel.  He reigned there for 33 years.  The city is mentioned by name more than 500 times in the Bible.  It is never mentioned in the Koran.  Nor did Jerusalem ever become the capital of any Muslim political entity or province, Arab or non-Arab. In ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/11/2014 12:23 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 9 November 2014
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On August 22, 1939, Adolf Hitler, explaining his decision to invade Poland, asked, “Who after all speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" On the centennial of the massacre of the Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, it is pertinent to ask, sixty-five years later, if the world is sufficiently ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/09/2014 8:19 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 2 November 2014
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In a speech at West Point on December 5, 1962, the former U.S. secretary of state Dean Acheson candidly remarked, “Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.  The attempt to play a separate power role … is about played out.”  The actions of President Vladimir Putin today suggest ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2014 8:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 30 October 2014
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Libya, with its oil wealth and natural resources, could be an affluent and successful country. Instead, it is today a dangerous place and a chaotic society with continual fighting among Islamist terrorists, Arab nationalists, and a host of regional militias. The Obama administration and all democratic ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/30/2014 2:59 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 30 October 2014
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In his recent book about the origins of the World War I, The Sleepwalkers, How Europe went to War in 1914, Christopher Clark describes the major protagonists in 1914 as sleepwalkers, watchful but unseeing, stumbling into the catastrophe of the Great War after an act of terrorism by a Serbian nationalist. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/30/2014 6:10 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 24 October 2014
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When Bob Dylan sang “For the times they are a-changin’” he was not referring to relations between Israel and Russia, but his lyrics might just fit at the present time. No one can speak of a Russian tropical heat wave towards Israel but it isn’t surprising the temperature’s rising. The relationship may ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2014 7:47 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 20 October 2014
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College students should be able to answer some simple questions. Which country in the Middle East has been declared guilty of “ethnic cleansing?” Which country in the area has prevented the return of refugees to their homes and former properties? Which country has flouted Article 49 of the 4th Geneva ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2014 12:28 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 17 October 2014
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Karl Marx was not as funny as Groucho, but he made at least one amusing quip. It occurs in his critical comparison of Louis Bonaparte, the French ruler in 1848, with his uncle Emperor Napoleon. In his essay, "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon." Marx wrote, “Hegel remarks somewhere that all world-historic ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2014 7:28 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014
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This piece is written more in sorrow than in anger. Why is the left so often wrong about Israel? Israel is a great country that has its problems, as do all countries and organizations, and sometimes, in the words of President Barack Obama, does “do stupid things.”  Israel’s political culture has ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2014 7:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 4 October 2014
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The horrors committed by evil people during the Holocaust are well known and documented. Less well known are the merciful deeds performed by good people during the years of World War II. Among the least known of these decent individual are the Muslims in Albania who saved Jews. The screening in October ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/04/2014 7:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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In October 1522, Machiavelli gave some valuable advice to a colleague about to become ambassador to Spain. He suggested that if it sometimes becomes necessary to conceal facts with words then it should be done in such a manner that no one becomes aware of it. It is obvious that Mahmoud Abbas, now in ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/01/2014 8:08 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 28 September 2014
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We all know that Derek Jeter is no longer at shortstop. It is more difficult to know what Islamist terrorist group is on first base. Everyone thought the group was named al-Qaeda, then from July 2014 it was ISIS or ISIL (now the Islamic State), and then from September 2014 suddenly it became Khorasan. Most ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/28/2014 8:04 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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It is gratifying that five Arab Middle Eastern countries have seen the enemy and acknowledge its danger. They now know what is this thing called the Islamic State (IS), formerly ISIS or ISIL, and have participated in or provided some kind of support for the U.S. launched air strikes on September 23, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/24/2014 7:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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