Articles by Michael Curtis

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

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    Anti-Semitism: The disease that does not disappear

    Many, such as Angela Merkel of Germany, speak out sincerely about the abomination of anti-Semitism. But there are still far too many in Europe who continue to stoke the fires of the most violent form of racism of the modern era

    by Michael Curtis -  4 February 2018
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    The Holocaust and justice in France and Germany

    In the battle against evil, roguery, and villainous men, the determination of an unlikely French and German couple to bring old Nazis to justice is an inspiration to us all. Real good is always marvellous and intoxicating

    by Michael Curtis - 20 January 2018
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    Oprah: Celebrity and the presidential dream

    One can admire the achievements of Oprah Winfrey and others in the entertainment world, but celebrity does not warrant shaping our politics or suggest suitability or adequacy for the highest political office in the U.S. It is a worrying sign of our discombobulated times that we are talking about this at all

    by Michael Curtis - 15 January 2018
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    Saudi and Israel: A beautiful friendship in the making?

    It is exactly 40 years since the historic visit of President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem paved the way to the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The time is now ripe for a closer relationship, an open diplomatic one, between Saudi Arabia and Israel. This would be a breakthrough that could remake the Middle East, and help tame Iran

    by Michael Curtis - 29 November 2017
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    The Balfour Declaration and British Leftist anti-Semitism

    The centenary of the Balfour Declaration has brought British, and other anti-Semites, crawling out of the woodwork. Labour is a party which claims the mantle of progress. It is a sad state of affairs that a British Lord had a more enlightened attitude to the Jewish people 100 years ago than many in the Labour Party do today

    by Michael Curtis -  6 November 2017
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    The threat is still Iran

    Iran is playing games over its nuclear deal and President Trump is right to voice concerns. It is almost certain that Iran will continue its quest for a nuclear bomb. This has brought Israel closer to the Arab countries. It is now time for America and Europe to get much tougher with Iran

    by Michael Curtis - 19 September 2017
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    The politics of statues from Washington to Moscow

    The eradication of General Robert E. Lee from American history is not occasioning any soul searching in Russia where Valdimir Putin is raising up the image of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the effective founder of the KGB. Statues do tell us something. President Trump should be aware of the message from Moscow

    by Michael Curtis -  8 September 2017
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    The failure of the Communist god

    Communism has often been compared to a religion. But it was one that failed far more quickly than the millenarian creeds such as Christianity and Islam. It brought terror and destruction with no compensating benefits so that only the most deluded could long believe in it

    by Michael Curtis - 21 August 2017
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    Truth from France on anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism

    French President Emmanuel Macron is establishing himself as a defender of truth and justice over France's past persecution of the Jews. He rightly acknowledges that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism, showing the way for all his counterparts in the West

    by Michael Curtis - 18 July 2017
  • Women

    The inequality of women

    It is easy to sigh, and to put it down to moaning, but the reality is that women continue to face mass discrimination in many sectors. All sides of the political spectrum need to rethink this matter, and strike out for justice

    by Michael Curtis -  4 July 2017
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    The blind hatred of the United Nations against Israel

    Between 2012 and 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted 97 resolutions critical of countries; 87 of them were against Israel. This is either worthy of an entry in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or it's blind hatred, plain and simple

    by Michael Curtis - 15 June 2017
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    A Donald Trump 14 Points for Israel and Palestinians

    President Trump should emulate Woodrow Wilson and his landmark 14 points for peace by setting out 14 basic terms and conditions for a sane and lasting deal for Israel, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole. This is what those points should be

    by Michael Curtis - 18 May 2017
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    Two cheers for monarchy, one for the republic?

    In Prince Philip’s own words, monarchy exists in the interests of the people, not in the interests of the monarch. The British system mystifies most people, including Brits, but it just seems to work

    by Michael Curtis -  5 May 2017
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    America must play global hegemon against North Korea

    President Trump has recognized North Korea is an enemy of the most dangerous kind. But he is so far unwilling to state overtly that the US response means military action. At some point, the US national interest will mean America has to start acting as the global hegemon

    by Michael Curtis -  1 May 2017
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    Trump trumps Obama on chemical red lines

    Barack Obama's weakness in failing to enforce the so called red lines over the use of chemical weapons by Assad in Syria has had terrible consequences. President Trump has sent a powerful signal in his recent attack in Syria, and deserves to be applauded. But does a signal make a policy? We shall see

    by Michael Curtis - 18 April 2017