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While organizing my  late  Father’s files I stumbled upon a short note he received from President Nixon. The year was 1988, and his note was in response  to a letter my Father wrote to the editors of  a certain weekly magazine, which he subscribed to since the early 50’s, notifying  them that he wanted to cancel his subscription because they were  “not serious anymore.”  That certain magazine had published an article on President Nixon, which my Father referred to as    the “epitome of journalistic vitriol,” pointing to the editors in his letter that “only a week before your shameless article, the funding director of the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia University, in a New York Times Book Review commentary, credited Nixon with significant contributions in the field of US – Soviet relations and in the maturation of  ‘American foreign policy…’   (Food for thought!)


Last Wednesday, on International Dialogues Radio Show, we were honored to have as a  guest, Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Representative to  the Kurdistan Regional Government. In light of the recent news regarding Turkey’s attacks on the Kurds it would be worthwhile reading/listening to the following shows:

4/1/2015 Radio Show – The Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq

4/15/2015 Radio Show – The Kurds…In The War To Defend Humanity

7/22/2015 Radio Show: Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government; Travis Korson- Iran Deal


Interesting ‘Reads’ of the last two weeks:

  • Why Turkey sees the Kurdish people as a bigger threat than ISIS ...”The Kurdish groups are being seen as the most effective ground troops in the battle against ISIS as Turkey sits almost idle with its well-equipped army on the border. Turkey has even been accused of aiding ISIS by allowing them to move freely in border areas and allowing new recruits to join them.” (TIME WORLD) More
  • Baby Harvesting Scandal: Aborted Baby Organs are IMPLANTED INTO RATS – Grown for Transplants via The Gateway Pundit (More)
  • Jon Stewart’s secret Obama meetings reveal he’s a partisan hack (New York Post) More   On this particular comic, liberal journalist/author Camille Paglia, has a lot to say… (Salon)(More)
  • From Michael Bay comes 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Watch the official trailer, in theaters January 15th.http://ThirteenHoursMovie.com
  • Dying for Christianity: millions at risk amid rise in persecution across the globe : (More) This is reality…more real than Climate Change!
  • The Mystery of ISIS, by Anonymous… New York Review of Books. (More) “The movement now controls a “terrorist state” far more extensive and far more developed than anything that George W. Bush evoked at the height of the “Global War on Terror.” Then, the possibility of Sunni extremists taking over the Iraqi province of Anbar was used to justify a surge of 170,000 US troops and the expenditure of over $100 billion a year. Now, years after the surge, ISIS controls not only Anbar, but also Mosul and half of the territory of Syria. Its affiliates control large swaths of northern Nigeria and significant areas of Libya. Hundreds of thousands have now been killed and millions displaced; horrors unimaginable even to the Taliban—among them the reintroduction of forcible rape of minors and slavery—have been legitimized. And this catastrophe has not only dissolved the borders between Syria and Iraq, but provoked the forces that now fight the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Yemen….”
  • ISIS Is Growing,” Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq – Aleteia…”The displaced Iraqi Muslim families are currently being housed in tents in the desert near the city of Ramadi in very “critical conditions,” said Patriarch Sako. He described their visit by car to the refugees to bring them food and other relief supplies as “a sign of solidarity” to show them that as a Church they are reaching out to all Iraqis in need, regardless of their religion.”  (More)
  • Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have ‘prevented’ ISIS rise | Fox News Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, weeks away from retirement after 39 years in uniform, spent more time in Iraq than any other U.S. Army general — more than four years, the last two as top commander. He is widely viewed as a key architect of the Iraq surge. In an exclusive interview with Fox News, the general tackled a range of topics, from the Iran nuclear deal to the deep cuts to U.S. Army troop levels. But Odierno had pointed words on the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria – suggesting it didn’t have to be this way. “It’s frustrating to watch it,” Odierno said. “I go back to the work we did in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and we got it to a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction.” (More)
  • To be continued…