Monday, May 20, 2019

Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards By Joseph Duggan

Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards

A new Broadside pamphlet, Khashoggi, Dynasties, and Double Standards by Saudi Arabia expert, Joseph P. Duggan reveals how, as 2018 ended, an orchestrated propaganda campaign paralyzed U.S. foreign policy. The trigger was the killing in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a member of Saudi Arabia’s wealthy and politically powerful oligarchy. Mainstream media and misguided, melodramatic politicians hoodwinked millions by portraying Khashoggi as a martyr for press freedom and democracy. The real Khashoggi was nothing of the sort.

In death, Khashoggi became known to millions of consumers of Western mainstream media who had never before heard of the man. He was described as a courageous journalist. He was mourned as a martyred advocate of radical reform in Saudi Arabia. He was hailed as a champion of democracy and human rights as they are proclaimed in the West.

Duggan says, "It seems everybody's in D.C. is talking about Jamal Khashoggi, but I actually talked WITH him. I lived in Saudi Arabia and did writing and public relations for the top executives of Aramco, the Saudi oil company. I met Khashoggi at a conference in Dubai and talked extensively about his work. It's misleading to call him a "journalist." There is no independent journalism in Saudi Arabia or any of the Arab Gulf countries. He was an agent of influence, an intelligence operative, a propagandist for the Saudi government. The last year of his life, he turned away from the Saudi regime and began attacking it, on behalf of Qatar, Turkey, and the Muslim Brotherhood. His murder was horrible; it was a brutal political assassination. But Khashoggi was not a martyr for freedom, democracy, or human rights - he never supported these values or principles." 

The propaganda campaign concerning Khashoggi's murder is very misleading and it undermines truth-based, realistic, U.S. national security policy and foreign relations. The U.S. has to have alliances with regimes that DO NOT share all of our values. That's reality. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are what the great, wise Jeane Kirkpatrick called "traditional autocracies." While some of these allies' practices are repugnant to us Americans, they are still our allies, and we are allied against what Kirkpatrick distinguished as "revolutionary autocracies" - Khomeinist Iran, and the radical movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the latter of which gave birth to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Moralistic Republican senators such as Rubio and Graham are among the worst threats to our national security today because they go against any sense of realism and prudence. For example, on the one hand they want to egg us on to a catastrophic war with Iran, while at the same time they want to impose crippling sanctions against OUR ALLY Saudi Arabia because of the largely phony Khashoggi propaganda campaign. How can we deter Iran if we punish our ally?

President Trump’s efforts to restore realism to foreign policy must contend not only with Democrats but also with naive Republicans who reject the national-interest realism of Jeane Kirkpatrick, author of “Dictatorships and Double Standards.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph P. Duggan is the head of C-Suite Strategic Counsel, an international business and public affairs consultancy. He served on the editorial board of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, in the Reagan State Department on the staffs of Ambassadors Jeane Kirkpatrick and Edward Rowny, and as a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. From 2009 to 2015 he worked in Saudi Arabia as speechwriter for the CEO of Aramco.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Climbing Out of the Wreck By Christine Stein

A Survivor's Tale
By Christine Stein [a pseudonym]
with Foreword by Suzanne Somers

Climbing Out of the Wreck is the story of a courageous young woman who grew up in a home headed by a sexual predator who molested her sister from the age of three, and then raped her when she grew older. Christine’s mother lost her mind when Christine was only fourteen, disappearing until she was a mother herself. Her story recounts the secrets and lies that were designed to protect the darkest family secret of all, which had the effect of making the eight children strangers to each other, and then prisoners of the passions that disordered their lives and set them against each other.

Christine’s story is filled with intense dramas - the horrifying revenge of the chosen son, the struggle between mother and daughter to the edge of the grave, and finally, the saga of Christine’s climb out of the family wreck: how choosing life instead of abortion and the birth of her child provided a new compass; how the family traumas failed to derail her quest to free herself and her new family from the chains of the past. The climax of her tale is a showdown with her siblings set off by the dark revelations of the sister at the center of the family secret. 

In Climbing Out of the Wreck, you'll learn:

·    How an abusive family operates under a web of secrets to cover up the crimes that its members commit - in this case the father’s rape of his daughter and the mother’s collusion... and the toll this takes on individual members who are made to feel guilty every time they tell the truth. For example, the victim in this story took her parents to court where they attacked her as a liar, a drug addict and a party animal.

·    The way the abuses are handed down through the generations

·    How Christine's mother went insane and forced her to be on her own at the age of 14... and how this abandonment was repeated from previous generations.

·    The toll the abuses and lies took on her 7 siblings... how it wrecked their lives.

·    How she rescued herself by deciding to have her child as a single mother and by dedicating her life to seeing that he did not grow up in a home like hers.

This is an inspiring, beautifully told story of individual courage with life lessons for others seeking to break free of similar circumstances.

"Eye-opening, riveting, jaw-dropping, courageous, heartbreaking, infuriating, and ultimately victorious; a significant contribution to the cycle-of-abuse literature." (Kirkus Reviews)

“A survivor’s tale indeed. This was like reading my story. The damage done to children by abuse and alcoholism is lifelong unless you are able to take back your life. The child feels it’s their fault, creating the continual cycle of destruction to prove again and again that you really are the piece of crap you’ve been programmed to believe. Very few find their way out, so deep is the damage. Christine Stein did it. If you’ve lived any version of this life, read this book and you will find hope, help, and inspiration to fix yourself and inherit the life you have always deserved. Her story has meaning. This is a great and important work.” 
—Suzanne Somers, actress and author of "Keeping Secrets"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christine Stein is the pseudonym of a photographer who achieved national prominence after creating a charity devoted to horse rescue, eventually named the official charity of the Kentucky Derby. She has been married for twenty-five years and has one son and two grandchildren.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Collapse By Doug Schoen

A World in Crisis and the Urgency of American Leadership

 By Douglas E. Schoen

Collapse: A World in Crisis and the Urgency of American Leadership by Doug Schoen takes stock of a volatile and threatening international environment by looking at some of the underlying causes and flashpoints - the principal one being the failure of institutions and elites to respond to their constituencies and address the problems of our age. This is a problem spanning the increased polarization that bred nationalist and populist movements, the continued failure of Western leaders to come up with effective strategies for combating authoritarian rivals like Russia and China, and the ongoing Islamist threat.

In COLLAPSE, you'll learn that:

·    We are experiencing a global crisis of democracy - not just around the world but also within the United States - due to the failure of institutions, the revolt against elites, and the breakdown of the alliance system that has underpinned world peace for eight decades. Together, these factors threaten not only public confidence, but also governmental functioning, and pose threats to the future of free societies, to the stability of the international system, and to global security. 

·    A series of issues that speak to this crisis of global democracy include the increasing momentum of authoritarian regimes around the world such as North Korea and Russia, the dissolving of government authority in Latin America (namely, Venezuela) and Africa, as well as the political and social divisions that began to explode in the United States during the Obama administration.

·    Any hopes for a more stable international climate can only come to fruition if the U.S. exercises effective, engaged, committed global leadership, or "assertive democratic idealism," by which Schoen means that the U.S. can and should look out for its own interests while continuing to serve as the world’s standard-bearer of democracy and global leader. This involves a renewed commitment to leadership from the U.S. that is informed by an idealistic, moral, yet practical outlook toward the rest of the world. 

·    A large part of the global crisis that we currently face is also rooted in foreign policy failures of the last three administrations. President Trump's "America First" nationalist and isolationist rhetoric and willingness to abandon allies is troubling, and Trump generally lacks a clear vision, concrete policy, and strategic direction for conducting foreign policy. However, there are also deeply problematic issues with the embrace of uncritical internationalism that was, in different ways, the downfall of both President George W. Bush’s and President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. 

In COLLAPSE, Schoen makes clear that the indispensable ingredient for any constructive path forward is effective, engaged, and committed American leadership. This is discussed through the lens of the failed models of President Trump’s two recent predecessors, which reflected, respectively, an uncritical embrace of American power - lacking strategic insight and proportion - and an uncritical abandonment of American leadership that suggested an abject view of the U.S. moral example in the world. Instead, Schoen posits assertive democratic idealism - an embrace of U.S. moral leadership around the world but in ways that remain leavened by realism and a guiding understanding of our national interest. Whether President Trump can deliver on such a vision remains to be seen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Douglas E. Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for more than 30 years. A founding partner and principal strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling. His political clients include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Evan Bayh of Indiana, and internationally, he has worked for the heads of states of over 15 countries.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Deep State Target By George Papadopoulos

Deep State Target

How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump

By George Papadopoulos

How do you destroy a presidency before it has even started? What if the whole “Russian collusion” idea was the brainchild of a covert network of power - a Deep State - including American and allied intelligence services seeking to cripple the Trump administration in order to prevent any warming of relations between the U.S. and Russia?

Former Trump foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos poses - and answers - these questions and more in his explosive new book, Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump.

In Deep State Target, you'll learn:

·    The terrifying details about Papadopoulos's arrest and interrogation by the FBI and the Mueller team;

·    About the intricate setup at play that landed him in jail;

·    That American and allied intelligence services set out to destroy the Trump presidency before it even started; and

·    How operatives worked to invent a Russian conspiracy designed to damage the Trump administration.

The first casualty of the Mueller probe - the first to plead guilty and to serve a prison sentence - Papadopoulos chronicles his clandestine meetings about Hillary Clinton’s hacked e-mails, his rift with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, what it was like to be interrogated by Mueller’s team, and how he became, in the words of Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, “the whole reason for the Trump Russia investigation.” 

George Papadopoulos poses and answers these questions and more in Deep State Target:

·    Details every encounter he had with the FBI and CIA during an unprecedented global campaign, including his arrest and interrogation by the FBI and the Mueller team;

·    Recounts his first call with Sam Clovis, head of the Trump Campaign’s foreign policy team, during which Clovis said “We want to improve relations with Russia,” a remark Clovis later denied - and shows how it led to a spiral that put Papadopoulos on the radar of international intelligence;

·    Unmasks a rogues’ gallery of infamous figures employed by agents from the U.S., Britain, and Australia, exposing the tactics and true allegiances of operatives like Joseph Mifsud, Stefan Halper, Charles Tawil, and Sergei Millian, and laying bare their astounding connections to each other; and

·    Shares what really happened with Australian diplomat Andrew Downer, who he met with on May 10, 2016 in London. Did Papadopoulos actually tell him that the Russians had damaging material related to Hillary Clinton?

A book that takes us from a conference room table at the Trump International Hotel to a federal prison in Wisconsin, Deep State Target makes the best case yet that “Russian collusion” is not what it appears to be. This is a shocking account of international spy games and a disturbing eyewitness report on a secret double government - the Deep State - intent on destroying lives and a presidency.

“Revealing. Unfolds like a spy thriller. [An] insider account of a seemingly central piece of the special counsel investigation.” - Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George Papadopoulos is a former adviser to President Trump and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson. A University College London graduate, past Hudson Institute analyst, and career oil, gas and policy consultant. He became the first person to plead guilty in the Mueller Investigation when on October 5, 2017 he conceded that he had lied to the F.B.I. about a conversation with a professor during which he was told that Moscow had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and “thousands of e-mails,” according to court records. Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in jail, fined $9,500 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and one year of probation after serving his sentence. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dark Agenda By David Horowitz

“Read this disturbing but vital book.”
— Tucker Carlson

"Horowitz exposes the intolerance of many atheists toward those who believe in God. As a Jewish agnostic, I think it is imperative that disbelievers not demonize believers and that believers not demonize disbelievers."
— Alan Dershowitz

The War to Destroy Christian America
By David Horowitz
New York Times Bestselling Author

Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America is an extraordinary look into the left’s calculated efforts to create a secular socialist society - and how these efforts must be stopped. Ironically, this war on Christianity is told by a Jewish man, David Horowitz. A New York Times bestselling author and leading conservative thinker, Horowitz warns that the rising attacks on Christians and their beliefs threaten all Americans - including Jews like himself - because they are attacks on the founding principles of America's democracy. He argues the liberal establishment and their radical allies envision a new millennium in which Christianity is banished. He says that Judeo-Christian values are at the very root of America’s democracy. Kill off such values and all of our freedoms could perish.

Horowitz investigates the hate-filled radicals who envision a new millennium in which Christianity is banished. Doing so, he argues, could destroy the very fabric of America’s political order, our culture and our democracy. 

In Dark Agenda, Horowitz examines radical left-wing atheist strategies to reveal shocking results such as:

·    How the left trashes Christian doctrines critical to the American Republic, much like Fundamentalist Islam’s war on “infidel” cultures like ours.

·    Why the left fights to keep prayer and religion out of public schools, and how those efforts fly in the face of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson’s intentions.

·    How fanatical liberals helped create the religious right by frightening and offending Catholics and other religious conservatives.

·    How Barack Obama’s left-wing upbringing and ultra-liberal agenda galvanized the anti-God, anti-religious left.

·    The violent manifesto of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger advocated the use of dynamite to promote “revolutionary solidarity.”

Filled with stories that demonstrate the mind-numbing reasons behind the secular left’s smug disdain for Christianity, Horowitz traces the history of religious liberty from the time the Founding Fathers put aside their own skepticisms about God and religion to write The Declaration of Independence.

He sees the media war on Donald Trump and his “genuine love” for America as a turning point in this battle that has galvanized evangelical Christians and Catholics on one side, and secular humanists on the other.

David Horowitz’s powerful new book brings vital insights into the war against Christianity and names the global radicals, leftist Democrats, and fat cats of Hollywood and Wall Street responsible for it. Finally, a clear and sensible American voice – and a surprising non-Christian one who stands up to the unsavory and twisted rantings of those who want to tear down faith and religion. In Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America, David Horowitz delivers an impassioned plea for the restoration of political and religious sanity in America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Horowitz is a noted conservative commentator and New York Times bestselling author of Radical Son. His recent critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America, rocked the foundations of Washington. He is the founder and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles.

“One of the most intellectually compelling and rational defenses of Christianity’s role in America. A delightfully readable explanation of how Christian principles were the bedrock of the American Revolution, and how the anti-American left has targeted Christians because of that.”
— The Honorable Mike Huckabee

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Challenge of Modernizing Islam By Christine Douglass-Williams

Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face
By Christine Douglass-Williams

The Challenge of Modernizing Islam by award-winning journalist Christine Douglass-Williams is the first major effort to provide a foundation of understanding and a vision of Islam that is consistent with human rights, equal rights and modernity. This bestselling book features interviews by foremost moderate and reformist Muslims in the Western world. Douglass-Williams poses tough questions about how they deal with problematic Qur’an passages, how they intend to get their message across to the Muslim world, and more.

In The Challenge of Modernizing Islam, Christine Douglass-Williams answers these critical questions:

·    Is Islam a religion of peace?

·    Are most Muslims who immigrate to the West peaceful?

·    What are the real hopes of Muslim integration?

·    Is the reformist movement significant enough to effect real change realistically?

·    Do you believe that Saudi Arabia is on a path to reform?

·    How can the West control our borders?

·    Should Islam be outlawed in the West?

·    Does Islam pose a danger to Jews and Christians?

·    How are Western policy makers handing the War on Terror?

·    Are populists racists?

In The Challenge of Modernizing Islam, Muslim moderates and reformists reveal their commitment to the separation of mosque and state, pluralism, democracy, their personal faith beliefs, warnings about the malignant and covert nature of stealth jihadists, and their personal travails against Islamism. It captures the Islamic Reformist movement in its full intellectual ferment, laying bare the tragedies and tensions, as well as the triumphs of the reformers.

Douglass-Williams found out the hard way that to warn the West about political Islam and to call out problematic Islamic texts not only renders one an apostate in Sharia adherent states, but is blasphemous and worthy of punishment on politically correct Western soil as well.

Christine Douglass-Williams says, "Since The Challenge of Modernizing Islam first appeared, I have been targeted by the liberal government of Canada for doing what the Muslims I profile in the book are doing: standing against Islamic jihad violence, Muslim Brotherhood stratagems and the oppression that is justified by the Sharia. On December 19, 2017, I was terminated from the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) by the Queen’s Privy Council."

Williams’ termination came after receiving a threatening letter from Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly about her writings on political Islam for the online publication Jihad Watch, directed by Robert Spencer and a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center in California. It came at an urgent time: when 'anti-Islamophobia' Motion M-103 was being pushed across Canada via Canada’s Heritage Department, facilitated by the National Council of Canadian Muslims - formerly CAIR-CAN, an offshoot of CAIR - linked to Hamas and found to be an unindicted co-conspirator to jihad terror in the Holy Land Foundation Trial. In fact, NCCM was directly involved in the firing of Williams.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Christine Douglass-Williams is a nine-time international award-winning journalist and television producer (including Telly, Videographer, and Omni Awards), having conducted over 1,700 live interviews. She was a federally appointed Director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a former appointee to the Office of Religious Freedom in Foreign Affairs. She also serves as a political advisor.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Secret Life By Jeffrey Katz

A Book of Wisdom from the Great Teacher Maimonides

By Jeffrey Katz

The world we live in is relentless. Every day is filled with instantaneous access to information and endless multimedia vying for our attention. Consequently, our inner lives are often as tumultuous and overloaded as our daily schedules, and we are compelled to broadcast our every move for all to see. The pressure that this kind of existence puts upon us can feel overwhelming and stressful. We live in an age when social media allows others to observe and critique everything we do, say or think, so that our lives become a sort of unintended public performance. Gone, it seems, are the days of privacy and quiet reflection. In this world of constant contact, we have never been more isolated and lonely, causing a plague of depression and anxiety to sweep over humankind.

In today's society, it's hard to be open-minded and receptive to people whose ideas are vastly different from our own. We are living in an age of extreme polarization and political turmoil, and it can be easy to dismiss whole groups of people whose views seem repugnant, rather than attempting to understand their perspectives and find avenues for productive debate and progress.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. There is another life simmering just below the surface of this existence. This life, The Secret Life, has been available to us all along, but we have pushed it aside in our rush to check things off of our "to do" lists. It is a life in which we strive to discover and develop our most noble selves, to define our sense of justice and infuse our lives with a higher purpose.

This book of wisdom is from the great teacher who is considered one of the wisest men throughout the ages. Since the time of the Bible, he is the only person to be celebrated by the three major Western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His name is Maimonides. A philosopher, rabbi, physician, religious thinker and logician, he was truly a “Renaissance Man” centuries before the Renaissance. His thinking on philosophy and faith and medicine was so advanced for its day some considered him heretical. But today this sage is considered among the greatest thinkers.

The benefits of the lessons of Maimonides in The Secret Life are countless. Changing your approaches to giving charity, to seeking justice, to loving others, and to believing in yourself enough to find and act on your true calling will lead you to remarkable heights. You will find a new resilience against the difficulties and turmoil in life, a new inner power that will keep you focused on the things that really matter, and an inner peace few will ever find. The Secret Life is, quite literally, life-changing. Through this new book, you will:

·    Renew your dedication to a higher purpose;
·    Learn to prioritize your time;
·    Feel a great sense of accomplishment and self-worth;
·    Make life more meaningful;
·    Make a difference in the world; and
·    Be rewarded with the gifts of true self-confidence and resilience.

Whether you are 20 or 60, if you are willing to work on making better decisions, balancing your priorities, and dedicating yourself to a meaningful cause, you'll learn how to access a deep sense of fulfillment by doing good for yourself and the world around you. You'll learn about:

·    The secret of charity - the highest, most ideal level of giving is the one which enables someone to ultimately become self-supporting; the next level is anonymous giving without expectation of recognition. Giving leads to happiness and happiness leads to success; thus, the cycle of blessing and gratitude, pouring positive energy into the universe, will bring about tremendous healing and change.

·    The secret of justice - to avoid judging others by gossiping, blaming, looking out only for your own self-interest, acting out of anger, revenge or prejudice; to practice forgiveness, kindness, compassion and empathy.

·    The secret of unconditional love - learning to love fellow human beings without the need to receive anything in return - given without any attachment to the end result.

·    The secret of a higher calling - how to find balance in your life, develop your focus, eliminate the clutter and commit to stop wasting time, allowing you to reach your life goal.

The Secret Life illuminates ancient teachings that are as relevant today as they were over 800 years ago, which will help you discover that true wisdom and success in every aspect of life comes not from our public persona, as so many believe, but from our secret thoughts and actions. Maimonides shows how every person can find their true and best self, not only deriving happiness for themselves, but spreading that bliss to everyone they touch.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Katz is a lifelong student and teacher of rationalist religious philosophy. He has rabbinic ordination as well as a law degree and is a practicing attorney. He has appeared on national television on a broad range of issues and has lectured widely.