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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Are Evangelicals And The Religious Right Damaging Christianity With Their Trump Worship?

by Richard Cameron   A friend and colleague, alerted me to an interesting article published in the online site, Baptist News Global, entitled, “The death of Christianity in the U.S.”,  written by Miguel De La Torre.  The title seemed a bit hyperventilated, but as I began reading his column, it was clear that he had a point.  From the first paragraph: Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals.  Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a…

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The Trump $700 Billion Pentagon Budget – Sustainable, Or A Risk To Our Empire?

by Richard Cameron Donald Trump, a few days ago, signed a $696 billion dollar defense package, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  During the signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room, Trump commented, “Today with the signing of this defense bill, we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might.” Trump acknowledged the reality that Congress still must appropriate the funds. “Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester and passing a clean appropriations bill. I think it’s going to happen. We need our military; it’s…

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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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The Latest Conflicts Of Interest Lawsuit Against President Donald Trump Filed Today In Maryland

by Richard Cameron   As if President Donald Trump’s legal matters couldn’t become more complicated than they are at present, today, they just did. The Attorney Generals of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, this morning, filed complaints in Federal Court – the U.S. District Court of Maryland, alleging violation of conflict of interest, specifically breaches of the Constitution’s “Emolument Clause”. No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the…

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Linda Sarsour’s Address At CUNY – Why Not, It’s Free Speech, Right? – Maybe Not

by Richard Cameron Palestinian – American political activist, Linda Sarsour, will be addressing the commencement ceremony for the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy on June 1st.  Her scheduled appearance is prompting a firestorm of opposition. Who is Linda Sarsour and what do her critics and supporters think she is? First, what does Ms. Sarsour identify as? Beyond that, can Ms. Sarsour lay claim to the normal arguments that she should be entitled to speak on anti-censorship grounds? Sarsour, 35, a Brooklyn…

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What Will Saudi Arabia Do With The $110 Billion In Arms Donald Trump Is Selling Them?

by Richard Cameron President Donald Trump was in Riyadh today meeting with King Salman, other members of the House of Saud and Saudi Arabian government officials. Off topic for the meetings were human-rights violations committed by the Kingdom, but on the schedule was a ceremonial signing of an agreement to sell the Saudis $110 billion in weapons and weapon systems. What have the Saudis been using the arms they have been purchasing from American defense contractors for and what can be expected going forward? The Saudis have employed U.S. supplied weapons and that of…

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