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Thursday, 6 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis President Donald Trump has been accused of many dire acts and devious intentions. One of the most absurd, the latest, comes from Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the terrorist Hezbollah organization, in a television interview in his bunker in Beirut on February 16, 2017. As if ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/06/2017 10:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 2 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A saying attributed to the great boxer, the Brown Bomber Joe Louis, about to fight Billy Conn in June 1941 is “You can run but you can’t hide.” Conn did not hide and did well until he was knocked out in the 13th round. In March 2017 British comedian, actor, and writer, Eddie ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2017 5:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 1 April 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Why should the U.S. Federal Government subsidize the arts? Does it or should it divert public funds from military or security concerns to support ballet? Art and culture are not universal tastes or necessities as are health care or education, but often, and perhaps usually, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/01/2017 5:29 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 31 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis British Prime Minister Theresa May is making history from which there is no turning back in the effort to restore what she called “our national self-determination” after 44 years of British membership first of the EEC, the Common Market, and then of the European Union. On March ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/31/2017 4:19 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On March 21, 2017 Martin McGuinness, the paramilitary activist turned peacemaker in Northern Ireland died at the age of 66. The commander of the Provisional IRA advocating and practicing armed resistance against British rule, he transformed himself into a working political figure ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2017 5:37 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 26 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The 2500 year-old Chinese code of conduct handed down from Confucius includes the advice to three monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Amazingly, this counsel has sometimes been misapplied in cases of Islamist terrorism in European countries. This obtuseness ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/26/2017 11:01 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On March 21, 2017 Martin McGuinness, the former chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army and street fighter turned peacemaker and politician, died of amyloidosis, a rare genetic disease, at the age of 66, a few months after he had resigned from his position as Deputy First ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2017 6:39 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis The wise sage from Boston, Tip O'Neill, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, contributed to statecraft that all politics is local. The result of the parliamentary election in the Netherlands on March 16, 2017, while inconclusive, appears to bear this out. It is not ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2017 7:38 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Vladimir the Great Russia is an easy country to enter. Procedures at Moscow’s airport including  passport control allow passengers a speedy departure from the airport, and the hour long journey to the center of the city and hotel passes quickly along the six lane highway. Similarly, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2017 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis When a man knows he is to be hanged, said Dr. Samuel Johnson, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. When North Korea on March 6, 2017 simultaneously and successfully fired four missiles the mind of the President of the U.S. as well as the eyes of the world began concentrating ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 7:32 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On Monday March 6, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order suspending his refugee program and entry into the U.S. from six countries. This suspension of entries for 120 days was explained as eliminating vulnerabilities that radical Islamic terrorists can ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2017 5:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 5 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In his BBC broadcast of October 1, 1939 Winston Churchill spoke of Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."  His words have often been quoted, but the remaining words of his sentence are less familiar. Churchill continued, "Perhaps there is a key. That key ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/05/2017 7:40 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 3 March 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis On February 26, 2017 the Hollywood great occasion was spoiled by a blunder in announcing to the expectant anxious world the Oscar award for the best picture of 2016. Reflecting the current mores of la la land, justice was done with the declaration of the true winner, Moonlight, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2017 7:05 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 26 February 2017
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blog preview image  by Michael Curtis Donald Trump is now Commander-in Chief in the U.S. and has begun issuing his commands. On February 21, 2017 with an explanation he issued one of them, "Antisemitism is horrible, and it's going to stop and has to stop." Though more well-intentioned than specific, his pronouncement ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2017 8:35 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 24 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Critics of Israel persist in the contention that the existence of Israeli settlements is a core, even the main, impediment to peace and to a two state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Once again in the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of December 23, 2016 which ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/24/2017 4:54 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis In olden days good authors once used accurate language, now anything goes. It is no secret that President Donald Trump watches TV news and sometimes issues confusing statements based on information from programs he sees. At his campaign style rally in Melbourne, Florida on February ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2017 1:56 PM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 20 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Donald J. Trump is not easy to define with exact unadorned precision. Like Shakespeare’s Cassius, he is fresh of spirit and resolve, to meet all perils very constantly. His universe is not a paradise of inner tranquility, but one of active decision making. Lacking a fixed ideological ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2017 1:15 PM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 19 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Everyone is familiar with the continuing search for a comprehensive and fair settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For seventy years, discussion of and proposals for a solution have emerged from both acknowledged partisans and well-meaning onlookers. Lately, President ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2017 9:15 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 17 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis One may be forgiven for believing that Hollywood has moved to Washington, D.C. Instead of James Bond, the political scene is full of heroes and villains, allegations of international spies, contacts of officials of the Trump administration with Russian intelligence operatives, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2017 6:53 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 13 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis From the moment absurdity is recognized, wrote Albert Camus, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all. In politics the extent and irrationality of that passion has often been exhibited, and none more so than in attitudes to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Those ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2017 7:00 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Commenting on the 2016 US Presidential election French President Francois Hollande opined that “Trump’s victory opens a period of uncertainty.” One can agree that the US election campaign was unusually bitter with candidates who disliked each other and an electorate that was ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2017 8:15 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Things have come to a pretty pass and we don't know where we're at concerning Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. But we can't call the whole thing off. We can legitimately differ on whether Putin is a "killer" or not, or the father of his nation, or the noble knight saving ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2017 4:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 4 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis If the threat of Islamist terrorism is the major issue threatening the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran comes a close second. Its geo-political prominence, economic and military resources , and extreme ideology make it rife for international mischief. Economically, Iran ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2017 4:55 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis Paris did not burn during World War II. Whether it is fact or myth General Dietrich von Cholitz, German Military Governor of Paris, is said to have disobeyed Adolf Hitler's orders in August 1944 to destroy the French capital, and instead surrended to Free French forces on August ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2017 5:06 AM by Michael Curtis
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Monday, 30 January 2017
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blog preview image by Michael Curtis A new sheriff arrived in town with the appointment of Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, as US Ambassador to the United Nations. In her first speech, she indicated the disproportionate contribution by the United States, 22 % of the UN budget and 28% of UN peacekeeping ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/30/2017 12:19 PM by Michael Curtis
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