Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis
Friday, 28 August 2015
The immortal Marx -- Groucho not Karl -- was in Tehran, Iran on August 23, 2015 when he heard the Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammed Javed Zarif say to British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” Members of the United States Senate presently discussing ...Read More...
Posted on 08/28/2015 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
It was a gratifying surprise, and a sign of the changing political configurations in the Middle East that the retired Saudi major general, Anwar Eshki, director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, spoke on panels in Washington and New York in 2015 together with Dore ...Read More...
Posted on 08/26/2015 10:09 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
On August 21, 2015 the Israeli born actress Natalie Portman, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her role as an obsessed ballerina in the film Black Swan, made a controversial debut on the political stage. She commented that the Holocaust has been the focus of too much attention from some in the Jewish community, ...Read More...
Posted on 08/25/2015 10:26 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Though the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) endorsed by unanimity the nuclear arms agreement of July 14, 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 powers, the United States Congress is expected to vote on it by September 17. The UNSC agreed to lift the economic sanctions on Iran it imposed by Resolution ...Read More...
Posted on 07/26/2015 1:06 PM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
In the Tour de France, the annual multiple bicycle race, riders are classified according to their performance in the various categories of the race. The overall winner gains the coveted yellow jersey. The last rider to finish is affectionately termed the lanterne rouge, the red lantern. The political lanterne ...Read More...
Posted on 07/22/2015 11:37 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 20 July 2015
On July 17, 2015 the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met President Barack Obama in the White House to discuss security in the Middle East and specifically the nuclear agreement signed three days earlier with Iran. On the same day, King Salman met in Mecca with a group hitherto considered ...Read More...
Posted on 07/20/2015 7:35 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 17 July 2015
The attention of the world has been focused on the Middle East and on the nuclear agreement with Iran that almost certainly will lead to that country becoming a nuclear power. Less attention has been paid to the link between a Muslim ethnic group in China and Islamist terrorists, and even less to the ...Read More...
Posted on 07/17/2015 6:45 PM by 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