Articles by Michael Curtis
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Michael Curtis, author of "Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East", is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in political science at Rutgers University. Curtis is the author of 30 books, and in 2014 was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur


  • Arch_de_triomphe

    An indulgent, damaging MidEast "peace" conference

    The so called "peace conference" in Paris is nothing of the sort. It is yet another event that confirms the world's self-imposed ignorance about the real cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict which is Palestinian rejectionism

    by Michael Curtis - 15 January 2017
  • Putin_shooting

    The Russia question: Of Barack, Donald, and Vladimir

    There is a sense in which it is worrying that Trump seems warm towards Putin. But Obama, as in so many spheres, never had a serious policy towards Russia. One thing is clear, Washington and Moscow have an overwhelming interest in working together on a range of vital issues

    by Michael Curtis -  4 January 2017
  • Rough_beast

    In Europe, the center is not holding

    As Italian PM Renzi quits, from Italy, to France, through Austria and across Europe the center is finding it difficult to hold. While mere anarchy may not yet be being loosed upon the world, only those in denial can doubt that the tectonic plates are shifting

    by Michael Curtis -  5 December 2016
  • Mahmoud-abbas-ap

    Trump must understand vicious Palestinian politics

    The power struggles in Palestinian politics make the contest between Presidential candidates in American politics look likely a friendly game of chess, and that's just among the "moderates" who include Holocaust deniers, and former stooges of the KGB. The incoming Trump administration must wise up to this and avoid Obama's blindness

    by Michael Curtis -  4 December 2016
  • Trump_and_le_pen

    Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen

    Globalization feeds a sense of injustice, and loss of cultural identity. But there is no going back to pre-globalization. Trump and France's Le Pen are not the same, but their supporters are driven by many similar concerns, some legitimate. Elites need to take them seriously, or populism could get uglier still. What happens next in France will be instructive

    by Michael Curtis - 25 November 2016
  • Anti-trump_protests

    Anti-Trump rallies: They do protest too much, methinks

    The endless protests against Trump's victory can be seen as an exercise in free speech, but they must also be seen less kindly as undemocratic and indeed reactionary in their refusal to accept the validity of the democratic election result. Communist East Germany offers a poetic lesson

    by Michael Curtis - 17 November 2016
  • Arafat

    A lesson in denial, confusion: Honouring Yasser Arafat

    The Arafat Museum has just opened in Ramallah. It is a testament to Palestinian denial about everyhing from Arafat's birthplace, the billions of dollars he stole, and his responsibility for violence and terror. It hardly shows Palestinian seriousness about forging peace with Israel

    by Michael Curtis - 13 November 2016
  • Mosul

    Lesson 1 for Trump: Don't blame West for MidEast turmoil

    President-elect Trump, even when accounting for mistakes in policy, should forgo apologies for the general chaos and turmoil in the Middle East. Arab societies have a duty to reform themselves because most of their problems are homegrown

    by Michael Curtis - 11 November 2016
  • Israeli-settlement-arabs48

    Israeli settlements are not the obstacle to peace

    Honest, objective analysis would indicate that the main obstacle to peace, and to a Palestinian state is Palestinian intransigence and resort to violence. Settlements are a red herring for obsessive and irrational Israel haters

    by Michael Curtis -  9 September 2016
  • Burkini

    Islam in France: Swimsuits on trial

    The real question over the burkini controversy is whether all Muslims living in France, as in other western democratic societies, will accept western values. The better part of wisdom is to allow the burkini ban to stand

    by Michael Curtis - 28 August 2016
  • Manbij

    France and the oppressive burkini

    The debate about Muslim swimwear in France is instructive for all of us. The burkini is an affront to the values of modern France, and the West as a whole. It is oppressive to women, and a ban is the right way forward

    by Michael Curtis - 16 August 2016
  • Melania_trump

    Melania Trump's not unusual "plagiarism"

    Few can strike up the originality of Demosthenes or Cicero, or Churchill or Hemmingway. Melania Trump's minor transgressions pale, especially when compared to Joe Biden's, Martin Luther King Jr's, or even Barack and MIchelle Obama's. It's a tempest in a teapot

    by Michael Curtis - 20 July 2016
  • Israel_latest

    Israel: The bravest democracy of our time

    Against all the odds, against history itself (?), against the hatred of all hatreds, the Jewish state has survived and prospered. In the week of its 68th birthday, all free men and women of the world unite to say: God bless Israel, bravest democracy of our time

    by Michael Curtis - 14 May 2016
  • Unesco

    UNESCO's resolution of hate against Israel

    It is shameful that UNESCO, set up for peaceful purposes to promote intercultural dialogue, has been misused for political purposes. Its one sided resolutions against Israel and its citizens demonstrate it has become a vehicle for hatred, not peace

    by Michael Curtis - 11 May 2016
  • Corbyn_and_livingstone

    Anti-Semitism and Labour's Hitler problem

    Has anti-Semitism now entered the ideological bloodstream of the British left? Bizarrely, Adolf Hitler now seems the favorite reference of the left wingers in the Labour Party. Where will the lunacy end?

    by Michael Curtis -  3 May 2016