Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis
Sunday, 24 May 2015
All reports are clear that Pope Francis on meeting Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 10 th year of his four-year term as President of the Palestinian Authority, in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican on May 17, 2015 gave Abbas a bronze medallion, a gift that the Pope gives all foreign leaders to encourage their ...Read More...
Posted on 05/24/2015 1:31 PM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 15 May 2015
From time immemorial, Jews have disagreed about how to deal with their problems. Differences were expressed strongly when the Israelites who had just left Pharaoh’s Egypt complained to Moses that he had taken them away to die in the wilderness. Three thousand years later, the contemporary Israelites ...Read More...
Posted on 05/15/2015 8:44 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 10 May 2015
In his musical-comedy film, The Court Jester, Danny Kaye amused us with the tongue twisting line, “the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle.”
The long-running non-musical Palestinian theater of the absurd about who employed the poison that killed Yasser Arafat and how it was done ...Read More...
Posted on 05/10/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 9 May 2015
The invitation to and the visit of French President François Hollande to attend the summit meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 4-5, 2015 was both a meaningful symbol and a signal to the United States, the historic ally of the Gulf countries. It directly alluded to the changing attitudes ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2015 8:05 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Dr. Seuss, the world’s favorite physician, once explained “I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.” Unfortunately, their own nonsensical behavior did not awaken a number of doctors and medical practitioners, mostly in Britain, when they published an immoderate and fallacious political diatribe ...Read More...
Posted on 05/05/2015 12:55 PM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 2 May 2015
On April 27, 2015, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon transmitted to the U.N. Security Council his public summary of a 207-page report, which apparently is not to be made public, of the Board of Inquiry regarding the incidents in Gaza between July 8 and August 24, 2014. This was the second U.N. report ...Read More...
Posted on 05/02/2015 8:10 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Political correctness and intellectual prejudice have poisoned the principle of free speech. Six writers, among the more than 60 other scheduled hosts, withdrew from the ceremony of the PEN American Center on May 5, 2015 at which the Freedom of Expression Courage award is to be given to the French satirical ...Read More...
Posted on 04/29/2015 7:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 27 April 2015
Bob Dylan in 1964 told us the times they are a-changin. He also urged senators, congressmen, to please to heed the call. That call has been proclaimed by the New York Timesand the Washington Post that have become part of the vast right-wing conspiracy as a result of their strong stories about the improprieties, ...Read More...
Posted on 04/27/2015 6:07 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
On March 9, 2015, an open letter, drafted by United States Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 47 senators, was sent to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It sought to enlighten the Iranians about two features of the United States Constitution. One was that Congress plays a significant ...Read More...
Posted on 04/22/2015 7:20 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 20 April 2015
Everyone except the idiots of the world knows the truth about Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps, and the one where an estimated 1.3 million were murdered. It is preserved as it was in January 1945 when the camp was liberated. The gas chambers at Birkenau were destroyed by the Nazis ...Read More...
Posted on 04/20/2015 7:26 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Casey Stengel, sometimes reputed as the greatest 20th-century American philosopher, is reported to have asked a simple but critical question: “Can’t anybody here play this game?” He was apparently referring not to the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, but to the ineffectiveness and hapless ...Read More...
Posted on 04/18/2015 8:07 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
The death in Paris on April 8, 2015 of Jean-Louis Crémieux-Brilhac, historian and member of the French resistance in World War II, has reawakened the controversy of what has been termed “the French paradox.” Although 76,000 Jews were deported from France to their death, how was it that 75% of Jews in ...Read More...
Posted on 04/14/2015 7:57 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Horrors and chaos in the Arab world never cease. The continuing catastrophe of the brutal civil war in Syria has so far led to 210,000 deaths and 11 million driven from their homes. The latest horror is the siege and battle between Islamic groups taking place within that country in April 2015 in the ...Read More...
Posted on 04/11/2015 9:12 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 4 April 2015
The Obama administration has shown a lack of historic understanding concerning its policy towards China’s proposal to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The White House must understand that its policy lacks judgment when former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in unladylike ...Read More...
Posted on 04/04/2015 3:09 PM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 3 April 2015
A political vacuum exists in the Middle East, and it is significant that France has stepped in to fill it in a principled way. It is a rebuke to the current Obama administration “reassessing” its options regarding Israel, and lacking a trumpet that sounds a clear call to get ready for battle.
The ...Read More...
Posted on 04/03/2015 10:22 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 29 March 2015
A senior White House official, who had perhaps recently seen the film The Godfather, was heard to remark "It's not personal; it's strictly business" when commenting on the attitude of the U.S. administration toward the Israeli prime minister.
One might accept the administration position if President ...Read More...
Posted on 03/29/2015 8:52 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 29 March 2015
On February 19, 2015, a full-page ad was published in the New York Times by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) opposing the invitation given to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress. It asked the question: “Will Congress side with our President or a Foreign Leader?”
The ...Read More...
Posted on 03/29/2015 8:18 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 21 March 2015
A saying attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt is that small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas. This is not applicable to all commentators on public affairs but sadly rather true about the remarks made by the White House after the victory of Israeli Prime Minister ...Read More...
Posted on 03/21/2015 7:49 AM by Michael Curtis
Monday, 16 March 2015
In the week of deadly attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris, a heavily-armed 32-year-old Frenchman born of Malian descent, Amedy Coulibaly, on January 9, 2015 stormed the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket store near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris and killed four Jews during a day-long siege. ...Read More...
Posted on 03/16/2015 10:02 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 13 March 2015
“Our age” wrote Julien Benda in 1927 in La Trahison des clercs “is indeed the age of the intellectual organization of political hatreds.” The newest example of this organized hatred is the Conference to be held in the UK between April 17 and 19, 2015 under the auspices of the Southampton Law School. ...Read More...
Posted on 03/13/2015 8:07 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
The barbarism of Islamist terrorists grows every day. They are committing war crimes by systematically destroying the cradle of Western civilization and erasing the history of the region.
The world has become familiar with Islamist actions: not just the cruel brutal behavior of the Islamist State ...Read More...
Posted on 03/10/2015 8:13 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Women, if in relatively small numbers, have become as radicalized and militant as males of their own age on behalf of Islamic terrorist organizations. According to recent studies by British research groups, gender is largely irrelevant in likelihood of people becoming extremists. Young Muslim women ...Read More...
Posted on 03/04/2015 7:39 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 1 March 2015
On January 16, 2015, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer, opened a “preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine.” Her decision quickly followed the accession of the Palestinian Authority on January 2, 2015 to the Rome Statute, the founding ...Read More...
Posted on 03/01/2015 10:41 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 26 February 2015
On February 21, 2015, one of the lesser known groups of those competing for the Oscar for the greatest global threat of Islamic terrorism made an appearance in the modern form of a video broadcast. The organization calling itself al-Shabaab (The Youth), the Somali affiliate of al-Qaeda, issued a highly ...Read More...
Posted on 02/26/2015 6:44 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
To offend one group of people may be regarded as carelessness; to offend two at the same time looks like self-inflicted misfortune. The 92 year-old French Socialist politician and lawyer, Roland Dumas, managed to offend two groups on February 16, 2015 when he accused Prime Minister Manuel Valls of being ...Read More...
Posted on 02/24/2015 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis