Former E.U. Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony – More Fuel To Trump Fire

State Department photo of former Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, greeting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on airport tarmac

  by Richard Cameron   Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony   Up to this point, the individuals that have been subpoenaed to testify before the various committees, (House Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs), conducting the House Impeachment Inquiry, with regard to the question of Donald Trump’s manipulation of foreign policy on Ukraine – have been career agency officials from the State Department and other cabinet posts. They, including, former Ambassador and Special Envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and National Security Council top Russian advisor, Fiona Hill, were all…

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Writer’s Lounge Edition One: 10-16-2019, Syria, Melania, Whistleblowers

photo of a room that has old, comfortable Leather upholstered couches, a fireplace, wood paneled walls, an Irish Whiskey advertisement, a wall mounted television and a vintage coffee table. The photo is dubbed, "Writer's Lounge".

  Welcome to “Writer’s Lounge”   – a new, regular feature from National Compass, which we will be publishing tri-weekly to start off with. It will be a joint effort from the writing team, to briefly cover news items that are in currency within the 48 to 72 hour news cycle, in short form. But that’s not all. . . We’ll also share with you random impressions of things we’ve seen and heard in every category of societal endeavor, activity and cultural phenomena. Most will take the form of two…

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Kurds, Assyrians Face Genocide In Wake Of Trump’s Pull Back

Image of American forces convoy retreating from Syria.

Lynda Bryant Work Hillary Clinton has her Benghazi (2012); Donald Trump has his Syrian Kurds betrayal. In both cases, people – Kurds and Assyrians died or will die unnecessarily due to irresponsible decisions.   Late Oct. 5, the White House abruptly announced it was pulling troops away from the Northern Syrian border and that Turkey planned to launch an offensive — a major shift in U.S. policy that followed a phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.     It quickly became clear that Trump gave the Erdogan…

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America’s Betrayal Of The Kurds Will Cost Trump The White House

by Tony Wyman On Saturday, south of the town of Tel Abyad, a city once held by ISIS terrorists until Kurd fighters of the YPG and Free Syrian Army liberated it in June 2015, militiamen loyal to Turkey’s strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, dragged Hevrin Kalaf, the Secretary-General of the Future Syria Party, a pro-Kurdish political force founded in 2018 with American support, from her car and executed her, along with her driver, leaving her body to rot on the side of the road. “Here lies the body of pigs,” said…

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Whistleblowers Are as American As Apple Pie And Hot Dogs

Lynda Bryant Work   “Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”                                                   – Fuad Alakbarov   From the dawn of the United States, Congress has supported democracy and public integrity by protecting those who…

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The Kurds – A Force For Moderation And Stability In Syria And Iraq

photo of a Kurdish political rally of thousands waving the flag of Kurdistan.

  by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note: This is an article I wrote in 2014, on a different outlet, as a brief outline of the role Kurdish fighters were playing in the U.S. led coalition’s war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and their development of a firewall against the further spread of Salafist militants. With Donald Trump’s decision to green light Turkey to commence a military campaign against the Kurds in Northern Syria, it seemed like it might be of value at this point, to repost it…

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Blowback: Trump’s Precipitous (And Traitorous) Immature And Premature Syrian Withdrawal

  by Richard Cameron   Hard to say if Donald Trump had any inkling of the reaction he was going to get from his announcement that he intends to leave the Kurds in Northern Syria twisting in the wind, exposed to a vindictive onslaught from Turkey’s military. Whether he did or not, casting caution and common sense and decency to the wind, he’s getting a reaction and most of it is ferocious, especially of note, by customary milquetoast GOP standards. Before we look at that, we should hear from the…

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Trump’s Paramilitary Militia Eager for a Second Civil War

by Tony Wyman In April 2016, months before the American people elected Donald Trump president of the United States, Brandon Smith, author and member of Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary group made up largely of past and present U.S. soldiers and law enforcement officers, made this comment in an article he posted here. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if Hillary Clinton is chosen by the establishment to take Obama’s place, the result would probably be outright civil war in the U.S. The level of hatred…

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Latest Evidence That The State Department Is Under Trump Political Control

photo image of the 23rd Street entrance to the State Department building in Washington D.C.

  by Richard Cameron   Saturday, October 5th, supplied another solid piece of evidence that the State Department has been commandeered by Donald Trump’s private agenda at the expense of security on the Korean peninsula. Signs of White House manipulation of our diplomatic endeavors poured in like flood water this week, with the texts that confirmed an operation designed to extort a vulnerable ally, with the threat of withholding arms needed to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine.  Let’s look at the background leading up to this.  In September, while Kim…

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Trump Versus Trump – Hailing Nationalism While Undermining Democracy

photo montage of images of Donald Trump

  by Richard Cameron   I happened to be the recipient of a post on Facebook from a publisher I formerly contributed articles to. It was sort of out of the blue after a considerable time of non-communication and was also puzzling as to its content. Of all things this person might tag me on or post to my wall, it was a link to the full video of Donald Trump’s recent speech before the United Nations! The title of the link was, “The Speech They’re Trying To Hide: President…

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