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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Jean d'Ormesson The Chinese have a character for "double happiness." The French would benefit from a similar character of "double sadness" with the events of December 2017 when two giants of French culture, dissimilar in every way, died on successive days. This is not the first ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2017 11:31 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 10 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis He and the song are gone but the melody lingers on. Outside of France he was the greatest rock singer you never head of. Yet on December  9, 2017 a large police convoy escorted his white coffin from the Paris suburb of Marnes-La-Coquette, via the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2017 6:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 8 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Some lies have consequences, others do not.  No real political consequence resulted from the declaration of a well known politician on TV on January 26, 1998, that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.  I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2017 6:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On December 3, 2017 members of the Trump administration, including Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that United States would no longer take part in the Global Compact on migration. That compact, the non-binding New York Declaration ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2017 6:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 1 December 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On the Banks of the old Raritan stands Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with its 30 schools and colleges making it one of the top 25 public universities in the United States. Committed to academic inquiry and scholarship it is dedicated to principles and values of ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2017 6:43 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 27 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis I've been convinced after thinking it through that the best thing for Saudi Arabia would be Israel. The figures on the chessboard of politics are forever changing with regard to each other. It is an agreeable surprise that for the first time a young Jewish woman is competing ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/27/2017 2:37 PM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 24 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis All or nothing at all, three quarters of a country never appealed to him, nor did the idea of a political entity called Northern Ireland that was created in 1920 comprising the six northeastern counties of Ireland in the province of Ulster. Gerry Adams is still adamant about ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2017 4:51 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 18 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The meaningful, if unstated, question is whether the Beatles, the enormously sucessful rock band formed in Liverpool, northern England in 1960, can save William Gladstone, the British politician and leader of the Liberal Party who served as prime minister for 12 years in non-consecutive ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2017 8:44 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis That face, that face, that wonderful face. It shines, it glows, all over the place. Who would have thought that this face was the contenance of a Hollywood siren who was also a brilliant scientist whose invention helped pave the way for present day Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth? We ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2017 10:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis One of the most popular arias in the opera catalogue, sung by the licentious Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto is the tenor song, La donna a mobile. Its opening, qual piuma al vento ( woman is fickle like a feather in the wind) , is a cynical masculine put down sung ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/14/2017 6:34 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 9 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Chevalier of French Legion of Honor How long has this been going on? Once one could speak with sardonic reference about Hollywood, labelled that screwy, ballyhoey, superconey Hollywood. Now, it is the source of multiple allegations of harassment, sexual abuse, rape, and discrimation. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/09/2017 4:50 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 6 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Why can't the English, a pensive people of philosophical joys, meditation  and contemplation, learn to set a good example by ending left wing antisemism? The question has arisen in vivid form on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declation. The British Government did not ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/06/2017 5:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis By Jove, by Jing, by George is the thing! Can we say it isn't so?  We thought we knew Washington. As the Proverb says, a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. It's taken some time for the truth to be revealed, though no doubt a Special Counsel searching for less ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/01/2017 8:13 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 30 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The tension between political demands for self-determination on one hand and maintaining the sovereigny, the unity of a state on the other is a historically recognisable aspect of political life. Yet surprisingly, politics in Europe today are turpulent and unpredictable to an ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/30/2017 5:24 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 29 October 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Shakespeare knew the realities of political life: Who loses and who wins, who's in, who's out. No one wants to be viewed by others as some untutored youth, unlearned in the world's false subtleties. Certainly this issue is apparent in the furor around a petition issued in October ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2017 10:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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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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