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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Perhaps the saddest song in the Great American Songbook is Strange Fruit, a protest ballad written by a Jewish songwriter from the Bronx against racism and lynching in the United States, made famous by Billie Holiday in 1939. Lynching in the United States is rare today, although ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2017 5:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 14 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis I get along without you very well was the message on October 12, 2017 of the United States to the international agency UNESCO. The US announced it will withdraw from the UN's educational, scientific and cultural agency. The rationale for withdrawal was partly the mounting financial ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/14/2017 5:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Shimon Peres and Francois Mitterrand in 1993 On April 13, 2010, when chestnuts were in blossom in the charm of spring, the Israeli politician Shimon Peres, accompanied by the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, unveiled the David Ben-Gurion Promenade in the 7th arrondissement ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/11/2017 12:57 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 9 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis It's very clear that ethical political behavior is here to stay, and we'll have Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn too, acting to remove monuments to and memories of malefactors, evil doers, and scoundrels, foreigners as well as Americans. Regardless of what has been happening ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2017 4:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 7 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On October 6, 2017 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The text of the award stated, "We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/07/2017 4:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 5 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Anything men can do women can do as well, maybe better, was the declaration of the British writer Mary Wollstonecraft whose Vindication of the Rights of Women was published in 1792. She denied the prevailing attitude that women are naturally inferior to men, and insisted that ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/05/2017 4:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 2 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In a context of scenes of violence and disproportionate use of force by National police against citizens asserting their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, the country of Spain is divided between a national government calling for respect for law and the constitution ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/02/2017 9:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 25 September 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Coco Chanel, 1920 Pecunia non olet ( money doesn't smell) was the reply of the 7th century Roman Emperor Vespasian when he was criticised for imposing a new tax on the use of public urinals in Rome. The death on September  21, 2017, of Liliane Bettencourt, at 94, was a reminder ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/25/2017 5:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 23 September 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Personal rivalries in political organizations sometimes are akin to civil war. The story is told of the vicious remark by the prominent British Labour Party politiciam Ernest Bevin of his fellow politician Aneurin Bevan, creator of the British National Health Service. Someone ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/23/2017 4:40 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis During his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday September 19, 2017 President Donald Trump was heard muttering to himself, "Is it for all time or simply a lark, is it a deal not worth thinking of, or is it at long last friendship?" A week before, on September ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/19/2017 7:21 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Tsar Nicholas II One of the best known moments in the great Greek mytholical legends is the story of the decision by the Greek hero Odysseus on how to sail his ship safely without considerable loss of life between two hazards, the equally dangerous sea monsters  Scylla and ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/13/2017 7:22 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 11 September 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Aung San Suu Kyi Putting power above principle is a customary occurrence in the political world. So is the emergence of the lost leader, who as Robert Browning wrote in criticism of Wordsworth's change of political views after accepting a public office, "just for a handful ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/11/2017 5:41 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 8 September 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky In his unfinished book, The Last Tycoon, F.Scott Fitzgerald made the acerbic remark that there were no second acts in American life. The remark was falsified by his own career, particularly after the sucess of The Great Gatsby. Now the pertinence ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/08/2017 4:50 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 31 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On August 30, 2017 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Gaza Strip and expressed the need for humanitarian aid to the area. He did not point out that about three quarters of the Gaza population is dependent on international aid, and that UNRWA classifies that proportion ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/31/2017 4:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 27 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis That face, that beautiful face, is now a center of amusement in Paris. For centuries that city has been the world center for style and elegance for women. It's about time that men, especially politicians, displayed an attractive public image and are ready for their close up. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/27/2017 4:53 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Every schoolchild knows that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. He and his men sailed in La Pinta, La Nina, and the Santa Maria. They may also know that his contemporaries all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round. But who's got the last laugh ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/23/2017 5:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Gerard Depardieu as Rasputin One of history’s most diverting misunderstandings that long stand uncorrected is the alleged remark in 1972 by Chinese Prime Minister Chou Enlai to President Richard Nixon. Asked what he thought about the 1789 French Revolution, Chou is said to ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/22/2017 4:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 19 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In a recent friendly telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin may well have exclaimed to U.S. President Donald Trump, "Darn that dream I dream each night, but it haunts me and it won't come true."  It would be a timely commentary on present day Russia. On this ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/19/2017 5:23 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 11 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Songwriters and poets have depicted their dislike of barriers. In his only cowboy song Cole Porter in 1934 proclaimed “Don’t fence me in… give me land, lots of land.” Robert Frost told us, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”  However, both would have been surprised ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/11/2017 10:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 10 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Life is not just a bowl of cherries, nor is life necessarily a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. However, both life and politics can benefit from advice and warnings provided by tales and fiction. This is certainly relevant to the present political and military ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/10/2017 4:52 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Hubert Butler Perhaps, as the Irish writer Jonathan Swift asserted, it’s useless to attempt to reason people out of a thing they weren’t reason into. Yet, in the current midst of manifestations of the bad and the ugly in Germany and Britain, it is a pleasure to see the recognition ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2017 12:34 PM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 27 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis After the conclusion of the Six Day War, on September 1,1967 the Khartoum Declaration was issued by eight Arab states with its "framework of the main principles by which the Arab states abide." It listed the combative three NOs: no peace with Israel, no recognition of it, no ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/27/2017 9:26 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 22 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The quality of justice is sometimes strained and sometimes delayed. On July 21, 2017 some form of justice occured when the heirs of a prominent German Jewish banking family, the Bleichroder family, recovered a 16th century painting that had  been stolen 80 years earlier by the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2017 12:15 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 21 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis All visitors to London, young and old, want to see Buckinham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, symbols of the existence of the British Royal Familiy. The members of the Family have no political or executive role, are non-partisan and play no part in party politics. Yet, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/21/2017 4:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Let's talk of court news, who loses and who wins, who's in and who's out. Sometimes this is hazardous. In the Soviet Union when ruled by Josef Stalin, truth was determined from one of the dictator's edicts to the next. One of the few witticisms to originate from that period ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2017 6:58 AM by Michael Curtis
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