Beyond the Coast

Caliphate Falls…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The so-called Caliphate, ISIS, Islamic State or DAESH has fallen. Iraqi troops, supported by U.S. advisors have finally captured the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque at the heart of Mosul. Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi has declared the end of this self-styled caliphate’s end. The 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri mosque is in ruins, its ... Read More »

Imagine…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of you who are my age may remember the John Lennon song, “Imagine.” It has been playing in my mind since very early this dark and dreary Sunday morning, watching the latest updates from London, England. Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try No hell below us, above us, only skies Imagine ... Read More »

A Coup Attempt in America

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com On November 8, 2016, we held elections in the United States of America. The results were truly stunning. Mr. Donald J. Trump, an unconventional candidate, an outsider to politics, a successful businessman, who is not a member of the so-called establishment won 306 electoral votes and solidly defeated the candidate of the Democrat party who ... Read More »

We Are Back…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com President Obama in 2012 drew a red line in the sand and warned the murderous leader of Syria, Bashar Al Assad that should he choose to use chemical weapons on his own people, he will pass the red line. Well, the Obama line was crossed repeatedly but the meek president did not do anything about ... Read More »

Two Continents … Two Countries … Two Elections…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com There will be two crucial elections in two completely different countries in two different continents that will take place in early April. While these countries are far apart the results of the elections will have far reaching effects in South America and the Middle East. There may also be some unintended consequences which may affect ... Read More »

Some Perspective on Border Security

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It’s not about being against immigration or immigrants, it’s about doing things legally. The United States must be the only country without full control of her borders. This is not just crazy but it is also very dangerous in the world we live in today. Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium learned about having open borders ... Read More »

A New Beginning…

Editorials and Opinions: BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Without a doubt, the most important event in a democracy is holding free elections. In democracies all around the world and in our country, leaders and representatives are elected by the votes of the citizens. This basic democratic principle does not apply in places like North Korea, Cuba and some African countries ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Happy Thanksgiving…

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

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!

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

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!

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

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

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…

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…

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

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…”

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…

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…

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 »