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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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Bernie_sanders

    Bernie Sanders and his strange take on Israel

    Bernie Sanders, for all his fulminations about the “establishment”, political and financial, is on the Israel issue the epitome of fashionable, and sometimes bigoted, political correctness

    by Michael Curtis - 18 April 2016
  • Killthejewsuk

    UK Labour, the Church, and cancerous anti-Semitism

    Great Britain is in a mind-boggling mess over anti-Semitism. This, of course, is related to bigotry against Israel. Can the dilemmas be resolved, or will the cancer continue to metastasize?

    by Michael Curtis - 12 April 2016
  • Einstein

    What would Einstein make of the US elections?

    Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientific, but also political, minds of the 20th century. Given the range of his activities and causes, one wonders what he would make of the US presidential elections today

    by Michael Curtis - 10 April 2016
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    The shameful anti-Semitism in the British Left

    Many sections of society continue to be infected by the virus of anti-Semitism. But its prevalence is most obvious in the British Left where a mutated form of the disease is spreading like wildfire

    by Michael Curtis -  5 April 2016
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    Obama on foreign policy debacle: Don't blame me

    Forget Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail. What about Barack Obama's disgraceful attacks on Britain and France to try and conceal the disaster that his been his own foreign policy?

    by Michael Curtis - 15 March 2016
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    France's shaky peace proposal for the Middle East

    France may mean well in its plans for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, but Palestinian violence continues unabated even as (partly because?) the mainstream media blames Israel and whitewashes the Palestinians

    by Michael Curtis -  4 February 2016
  • George_weidenfeld

    A salute to the memory of George Weidenfeld

    George Weidenfeld was one of the most outstanding men of his generation. A great publisher, a great friend, and a passionate and proud Zionist

    by Michael Curtis - 25 January 2016
  • Iran_demo

    Obama and the new Cold War in the Middle East

    The stand off between Iran and Saudi Arabia represents a new kind of Cold War between Sunni and Shia Islam. It's dangerous anyway, but lack of leadership from Obama is making things much worse

    by Michael Curtis - 12 January 2016
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    Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen setting the agenda

    Populism, today exemplified by Marine Le Pen in France and Donald Trump in America, is not new in Western democracies. They're making headway because the mainstream has not formulated workable strategies on immigration and Islamist terrorism

    by Michael Curtis - 15 December 2015