Here are the Blogs in the 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