Here are the Blogs in the Michael Curtis
Monday, 12 October 2015
Once upon a time, or more precisely September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama spoke of the core principle of his presidency, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Today, the core has become somewhat miniscule as the U.S., conscious of its failures in Syria ...Read More...
Posted on 10/12/2015 7:58 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
The world of international politics took a dramatic turn on September 30, 2015 with the military action of Russia in Syria, the first operation beyond the boundaries of the former Soviet Union since the end of the Cold War. It coincided with the admission of the U.S. Pentagon that its efforts to establish ...Read More...
Posted on 10/06/2015 7:49 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
We all know that from the time they emerged as a political group claiming a separate identity from other Arabs, the Palestinians have never lost an opportunity to lose an opportunity. Now, they’re ignoring the valuable political wisdom that when you’re in a hole, stop digging.
Their hole grows greater ...Read More...
Posted on 10/06/2015 7:34 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 3 October 2015
We have the truth on the highest authority. Fawzi Barhoum, spokesperson for Hamas, in denying in May 2015 that his organization was engaged in “secret talks” with Israel, called Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, a liar and a slanderer. One must admit that Barhoum is not always trustworthy ...Read More...
Posted on 10/03/2015 8:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
In his testimony before the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2015, former General David H. Petraeus speaking truth to power remarked that the crises of the Middle East pose a threat not just to regional stability but also to global stability and to vital interests of the United States. This is particularly ...Read More...
Posted on 09/29/2015 8:12 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 11 September 2015
All reasonable people are troubled by the continuing tragic migration crisis in Europe and the apparent suffering of so many thousands of people. The drip has become a flood. The United States and European countries have a moral obligation to help, after proper vetting, individuals validly seeking ...Read More...
Posted on 09/11/2015 7:37 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Sport provides a unique opportunity to bring people with different opinions and life styles together. However, since the game of football, incorrectly termed soccer in the United States, emerged in its present form from the British elite schools in the mid 19 th century it has been often been the occasion ...Read More...
Posted on 09/08/2015 7:11 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 5 September 2015
Ireland is not one of the more supportive countries of the State of Israel, but discussion of an important moment in its 20th-century history may be useful for casting a light on the Arab-Israeli dispute and providing a valuable, if not complete, parallel with it.
The Easter Rising in April 1916 ...Read More...
Posted on 09/05/2015 1:08 PM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 4 September 2015
By September 17, 2015, the United States Senate must vote on a "resolution of disapproval" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear arrangement with Iran. It is appropriate that the senators discuss whether the agreement is, as the Obama administration argues, the best available strategy ...Read More...
Posted on 09/04/2015 8:33 AM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
The stories and photographs of migrants attempting to enter Europe is a human tragedy, heartbreaking as people die trying to cross the Mediterranean. On August 27, 2015, over 50 migrants were found dead inside an abandoned truck, a Hungarian registered vehicle, abandoned on a highway in Austria, near ...Read More...
Posted on 09/02/2015 7:39 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
On May 8, 2015, French president François Hollande spoke at the Elysée Palace at a ceremony at which prizes were awarded to middle and high school students for the best essays in memory of the Resistance and Deportation. It was exactly seventy years since Charles de Gaulle on May 8, 1945 broadcast ...Read More...
Posted on 09/01/2015 8:06 AM by 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