Beyond the Coast

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers of this column may already know that Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I have celebrated every Thanksgiving holiday with my family and friends going back to 1969, the year of my arrival to America as a college student. From my first Thanksgiving to the present day, this holiday warms my heart and ... Read More »

November 8th A Most Important Day

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I stopped writing my opinion piece for a few months. It wasn’t that I did not want to write anymore; so many things were happening all at once, it was difficult to concentrate and write a single story. However, with only a few days left before we go to the polls and choose the next ... Read More »

They Are Here to Kill Us!

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Beyond the Coast By Tarik N. Ayasun Terror has once again arrived in America. This time it is in our home state of Florida. Forty nine Americans killed and many more injured in Orlando. Only three hours driving time from Marco Island. The murderer Islamist terrorist was born and raised in this country. He grew up and lived amongst us. He ... Read More »

While Venezuela Failed, Peru Prospered

A student protestor in Venezuela. Submitted Photos

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com This is a brief tale of two South American countries. One of these two countries is Latin America’s sixth-most-populous country: Venezuela. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves surpassing the previous long term leader Saudi Arabia, today Venezuela is now an economic and social basket case. The proven oil reserves in Venezuela totaled 297 billion barrels as of ... Read More »

Never Again!

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close ... Read More »

Deep Thoughts on a Beautiful Sunday Morning

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It is one of those beautiful Sunday mornings in Marco Island. I am crossing the Jolley Bridge on my way to Naples to make a presentation on Islamist terrorism. It is just about seven o’clock and the sky in the east is bright red, just as the sun rises over the Everglades. I am excited ... Read More »

Libya…The Next Flash Point

American F-15E Strike Eagles targeted an ISIS training camp in Libya on February 19, 2016. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those of you who remember reading a previous article I wrote about the Maghreb (“Mali and Beyond”) which talked about the growing Al-Qaida and Islamic State influence in Northern Africa will not be shocked reading this article. The Islamic State is a force we will have to deal with in North Africa, particularly in the ... Read More »

Time to Stop the Foolishness…

Turkish security forces, following the suicide bombing which killed ten tourists.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The world today is a very dangerous place and we must accept the fact that there are people out there who hate us; who would kill us in an instant given the opportunity, and who want our civilization destroyed and our belief systems altered for good. We will not be able to defend ourselves or ... Read More »

Paris, Mali and Beyond…

Injured man outside the Bataclan  concert hall in Paris receives aid. PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Friday the 13th I came home early in the afternoon and wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Coastal Breeze Newspaper, Val Simon: Dear Val, After my last article “Invasion of Europe Part II” I decided to turn in my resignation as an opinion writer for the Coastal Breeze Newspaper. While I do ... Read More »

Invasion of Europe, Part II

Trafalgar Square Friday prayers.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those who do not believe in the adage “history repeats itself” are sadly mistaken. The recent and ongoing events in Europe clearly prove my point. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) was an Islamic empire with the head of state carrying the title of “Caliph” (a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad, ... Read More »

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…”

Firefighters raise the flag at Ground Zero.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com As stated in his work, “The Life of Reason; Reason in Common Sense,” American philosopher George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unfortunately, many of our fellow citizens fall into this category. Fourteen years after the largest and most deadly attack on America, there are those who still argue ... Read More »

Turkey… Syria… and Beyond…

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers are probably aware of the fact that Turkey, over the past two months, has been run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was deprived of its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. This situation has altered the center of power in Turkish politics and has ... Read More »

Angry … Disgusted … Frustrated…

Four Marines killed in Chattanooga. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It was a terrible week and a half for anyone who loves this country; who loves the idea of living in America; being an American; anyone who obeys the laws; works hard to achieve their dreams and who believes in service to our country is above all other pursuits in life. As a result, I ... Read More »

Greece… USA…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of us grew up with our parents constantly and vigorously advising us NOT to borrow money, live within our means, spend only what you need to and save the rest; and if you have to borrow money, make sure you pay it back as soon as you possibly can. Even though I am pretty ... Read More »

Elections in Turkey…

Turkish Parliament, which has 535 seats. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com On Sunday June 7, 2015, Turks in Turkey and all over the world voted in general elections. This was a most important election from many points of view, especially from the USA’s point of view, as the results may actually affect the events in the Middle East. Those of you who follow international politics may ... Read More »

Memorial Day…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our ... Read More »

A Terrible Agreement…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com   We negotiate for one thing or another almost every day of our lives. The idea behind any negotiation is for the negotiators to try and get the best deal for themselves. When one negotiates with a friend or a foe, one must remember that at any point during the negotiations a point will be ... Read More »

Iran…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Other than taxes and death, we can always count on one other certainty in life; extremely short memory of our fellow Americans. It wasn’t long ago when the previous Speaker of the House Mrs. Pelosi uttered the now infamous words “We have to pass the health care bill so you can find out what’s in ... Read More »

The Perfect Storm Around the Corner

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Our Government is having difficulty naming the enemy that we are facing. For the reasonable everyday person with even a minimum degree of education and cultural knowledge the enemy is easy to name. It is the same enemy which declared war on anyone who chooses not to agree with their religious beliefs. In plain English ... Read More »

Iran…Nuclear Weapons…Taliban

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The dots we have been talking about for so long are beginning to connect. According to the US State Department, Iran has emerged as the worst state sponsor of terrorism in the world. This evil state run by Mullahs from another century supplies money, weapons and personnel to Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Their ... Read More »