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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The Trump Presidency: A Steady Global Devolution Towards Disorder

by Paul Szydlowski Three weeks after he was elected, I posted some predictions of where a Trump presidency might lead us. Among the predictions were failure to complete a border wall, soaring federal deficits, potholes in the attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act and steady global devolution towards disorder if the U.S. were to withdraw from global treaties and alliances. I believe it’s time for a review of where things stand. This is in no way an exhaustive list. Internationally, our withdrawal from multiple international agreements, along with our…

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Trump Cabinet Clown Show Demonstrates Accelerating Mental Disintegration

An image with a word pastiche and caricature of Trump with a word pastiche of terms and synonyms representing mental illness.

by Richard Cameron   Periodically, we at National Compass, take an inventory of the random, nonsensical, juvenile, puerile ramblings of Donald Trump. We do it periodically, because even though Trump spouts off daily and sometimes hourly – it is not possible to publish updates that frequently with all of the other issues to deal with that arise from Trump’s radioactive presidency. Beyond that, the intervals between these examinations makes them somewhat a barometer of Trump’s mental health state. Given the fact, however, that Trump’s mental state was acutely troubled before…

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Refugee Resettlement Revisited And Set To Be Cut In 2018: The Facts, The Numbers

photo of Sahrawi refugee camp in Algerian desert

by Richard Cameron The number of refugees from nations plagued by civil and sectarian war, admitted to the US under the US Refugees Admissions Program  (USRAP) peaked during President Barack Obama’s final year in office (August and September 2016) and dropped considerably from October to January, continuing to drop in Donald Trump’s first year.  The below graph illustrates the numbers over the last 10 years of the program: Although refugees were brought to the US prior to USRAP – USRAP commenced formally during the Carter administration and was continued by Ronald Reagan. …

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Communication Breakdown – The Trump Administration’s Policy Messaging Disconnect

the eponymous photo taken at the moment of the historic Hindenburg disaster - the explosion of the Hindenburg dirigible, so well known as the visual representation of the British hard rock supergroup Led Zeppelin

by Richard Cameron Communication Breakdown – it’s always the same… Since Trump’s swearing in as president, he has consistently issued public messages, mostly through social media avenues that contradict those of his cabinet officials and even the men and women  in the White House communications office, whose task it is to disseminate orderly and consonant information to the public through the press, radio and television. This week has been remarkable in that respect. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson reported that he had embarked on a diplomatic initiative involving private talks…

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