America’s Disgraceful Saudi Relations Now Under Scrutiny Due To Khashoggi Murder

photo of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, murdered by Saudi operatives in Turkey

by Richard Cameron   I have been writing about the scandal of our foreign policy partnering with Saudi Arabia for years. I have warned that Saudi Arabia is a evil empire that has been committing human rights abuses at home and responsible for atrocities in their region.  As such, news that Turkey (another notoriously un-democratic player in the Middle East), has fingered the House of Saud for the death of an American journalist, was not unexpected. Jamal Khashoggi, a reporter for the Washington Post entered the Saudi Embassy on October…

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How To Detoxify The Way We Debate And Respectfully Disagree

graphic with hand and marker writing the word "debate"

by Paul Hamlin Today’s political environment is corrosive and toxic.  There can be no question of that.  We are often motivated by fear and anger when we approach anyone that has a different opinion than we do.  We have allowed this anger and fear to create severe division and allowed the political parties to capitalize on those emotions and drive us further and further apart.  We have become so attached to our fear and anger that we have stoppered our ears to the arguments of others and worse, we have…

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Consequences Of The GOP’s “Meatballs” Kavanaugh Confirmation

still from Ivan Reitman's classic summer camp comedy starring Bill Murray - "Meatballs"

by Richard Cameron   Though not on the magnitude of Harold Ramis’ iconic comedy, “Caddyshack” – close to that on the list of America’s favorite movies starring Bill Murray – in his first marquee appearance, is Ivan Reitman’s classic frolic, “Meatballs” Meatballs featured Murray as a senior camp counselor, Tripper Harrison, at Camp Northstar. In one of the most memorable and oft cited episodes in the movie, Harrison improvises a chant intended to stir the competitive spirit of his demoralized camp basketball team against their dominant tournament opponents, Camp Mohawk.…

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Tropical Storm Florence: Rescue Me (Part 1)

Rescue Boat

By Lynda Bryant Work “In times of disaster, basic connectivity is a form of aid that connects people to the resources critical for survival and enables humanitarian organizations to quickly deliver life-saving information.” -Tae Yoo Hurricane Katrina began a movement of civilian rescuers and relief work largely because the government is proving to be mostly ineffective in a disaster. Talking to those Katrina victims, who had no one to rescue them, it is apparent why citizens turned to one another for help – and why many rescue groups have sprung…

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Mollie Tibbetts’ Death Was About Violence Against Women – Not Immigration

photo of murder victim Molly Tibbetts at her graduation. Tibbetts death is controversial due to the immigration status of her assailant.

by Tony Wyman Few would have blamed the family of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts if they had joined the president in condemning a race of people the day police were led to her body by the Hispanic immigrant accused of brutally murdering her. After all, they had just suffered through 34 days of unimaginable fear and pain, desperately praying for a miracle, only to be crushed by the news they would never again see Mollie’s beaming smile light up a room again. Emotions will lead us to public statements that we…

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The Mechanics Of Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Operations

photo of well known graffiti of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump kissing on wall of business in Vilnius, Lithuania

by Kseniya Kirillova While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of President Trump with his entourage and President Putin’s Russia. The similarities are so obvious that sometimes it seems that Trump and his team’s methodologies were written in Moscow. Renown Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently last year the typical game plan that an autocratic leader follows when he gets caught “red-handed.” This is what it looks like: Deny, lie, slander. Claim that it was a misunderstanding.…

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Aretha Franklin – How She Influenced This White Kid In 1967 Los Angeles

photo of the wax figure of R&B legend Aretha Franklin on display at the famous Madame Tussauds' museum in London, England.

by Richard Cameron Aretha Franklin  March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018 I decided not to recap the commonly reported information regarding the broad musical and personal history of Aretha Franklin, who passed yesterday of complications related to Pancreatic cancer. Those details are easily accessible via various news reports and Wikipedia – although some will be touched upon here. Instead, my essay here, has to do with my own recollections of Ms. Franklin, how she emerged on the scene as a breakthrough entertainer in pop music and the context of…

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The Magnitsky Act – Why Vladimir Putin Wants To Get Bill Browder In His Clutches

by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note:  Legal theory recognizes that there are three essential components to establishing that a person or organization has committed a crime and that must be established when prosecuting the defendants in court – means, motive and opportunity. Most articles have delved into the opportunity and means involved in the coordination and cooperation between members of Trump’s campaign, family members and likely, Trump himself, with a foreign power, Russia, to subvert our election process. Less examination and focus has centered on the motive behind it.  Although…

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Farmers Are Casualties In Trump’s Trade War

Farmers Trade War

By Lynda Bryant-Work “As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed.” Mark McKinnon Strong support from the agriculture sector helped elect President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But two years later, concerns about the trade war and trade disputes have many farmers backing away from Trump. Tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture and make U.S. crops less competitive in China. When it…

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Obstruction Of Justice Case Mounting Against Trump

photo of sign announcing the entry of Obstruction Point in Washington State

By Lynda Bryant-Work Each day there seems to be some new question about President Donald Trump attempting to obstruct justice. The question of Trump’s obstruction of justice reared its ugly head beginning about the time of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and has become increasingly the focus of attention. With continued indictments at this stage of Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigations with mounting evidence of alleged wrong doing by many in the Trump administration, the obstruction issue keeps growing. Obstruction of justice, in United States jurisdictions, is the crime…

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