Beyond the Coast

This is Not Who We Are!!!

Istanbul Celebrates Noel

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I must have heard or read this expression hundreds if not thousands of times last week after the release of the CIA report by Senator Diane Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee. From the President down to the last uninformed person in America, the expression was repeated time after time. If this is not who ... Read More »

On Political Correctness and Beheadings


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun The readers may recall an older opinion piece on these pages regarding “political correctness” a.k.a. “PC.” The readers may also recall various warnings expressed in this column and elsewhere as to how PC is killing us, and judging by the events of last week, it looks like things will get worse before it gets ... Read More »

September 11


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun This article will be published on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014, exactly six days prior to the most infamous date in recent history of our great country. On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorist militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and cowardly killed more than 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington ... Read More »

USS America Shall Sail Again


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun Over the years, I found myself wondering where the rest of the world was during the Holocaust where more than 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis. I wonder no more. They were exactly where the rest of the world is today when the Islamic State formerly known as the ISIS is massacring ... Read More »

Point of No Return…

Israel Defense Forces soldiers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I was up most of the night listening to the thunderstorms and watching the lightning strikes light up the cloudy summer sky over Marco Island. As a kid growing up in a suburb on top of one of the seven hills which make up the city of Istanbul away from the blinding city lights, ... Read More »

Obama vs. Putin: high stakes geopolitical chess being played in Ukraine. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun As we wake up to a beautiful Marco Island Saturday morning, basking in the hot rays of a summer sun, the rest of the world slowly but surely moves towards a world-wide confrontation of good against evil as violence escalates in the absence of true world leaders and true world leadership. There are those ... Read More »

Independence Day 2014

USS Constitution. FILE PHOTO

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I am writing this article on July 4, 2014. Today is Independence Day. A very special day when we as Americans commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our independence from the kingdom of Great Britain, when a number of patriots said “NO” to a king and “YES” to ... Read More »

D-Day to Disgusting day…


On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. My father-in-law was amongst these men who accepted his duty to his country without hesitation, without question and with deep commitment to the United States of America, his country. Gen. Dwight D. ... Read More »

Boko Haram in Nigeria

Nigerian Kidnappers (L). Boko Haram Leadership (R)

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It was April 14, 2014. In the small town of Chibok, Nigeria there was only a small contingent of poorly armed police and soldiers when approximately 200 Boko Haram fighters on motorcycles attacked and raided the Government Girls Secondary School. Vastly outnumbered and badly outgunned, the so called “security forces” fled. Boko Haram forces ... Read More »

We Don’t Need a Guide…

SUBMITTED PHOTO. Molodova and Transnistria

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun There is a common expression in Turkish which roughly translates to “you don’t need a guide to tell you how to get there if you can see the destination.” This expression — which I heard many times as a young man growing up in Turkey — applies well to the situation in Ukraine today. Russia ... Read More »

Imagine…No Power…No Peace…

Malaysian Airline. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It is Saturday night, March 15. A bright full moon graces Marco Island. It is the end of yet another beautiful day as I sit in front of my desktop computer writing this opinion piece, with windows in my room wide open to the scents and sounds of nature. It is very peaceful. It ... Read More »


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasu Due to various obligations and travel, I was not going to send in an article to the next issue. However, after spending a sleepless night watching the ongoing events, I wanted to at least inform the readers as to what is going on in Ukraine, and what all this means for us in America. As ... Read More »

Hamid Karzai…Afghanistan…And Others

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun One of the most difficult aspects of writing an opinion piece on world affairs a week before publication date in order to meet deadlines set by the newspaper is the speed which things can change around the world. What seems to be the most important thing on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 15, may be ... Read More »

On Biased Media & Biased Education

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I spend most my Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings scanning through many foreign newspapers and magazines published either in Turkish or English in order to get a feeling of what the journalists beyond the coast think about the events in our country and interpret these events to their local populations. Some of the stories ... Read More »

After the attack. Ambassador Stevens (inset) while buildings burn. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It has been more than a year since our consulate in Benghazi was attacked by Al-Qaeda associated terrorists (Ansar-Al Sharia/Partisans of Sharia Law) and our Ambassador was assassinated along with two former Navy Seals and a State Department employee. To date, no one has been arrested and all 15 Libyans who cooperated with the investigation ... Read More »

What the World Needs Now…


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun After a self-imposed exile of nearly three months from Coastal Breeze News, I am back. If you are as interested as I am in the affairs of the world in general and the Middle East in particular, you would also have been as angry as I was to the point where I could no longer ... Read More »

Stormy Seas Ahead


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun A very smart and successful businessman from Turkey who was my classmate at Robert College of Istanbul recently sent me the following paragraph: “A short guide to the Middle East” “Iran is backing Assad. Gulf States are against Assad! Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi of Egypt. But ... Read More »

The Chong Chon Gang


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun The Chong Chon Gang is a 450 foot, non-descript aging tramp steamer carrying the Democratic Republic of North Korea flag. When it was stopped by Panamanian authorities on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal last week, it was quite obvious that the cargo manifest she was carrying was as phony as the word “Democratic” ... Read More »

Revolution… Coup… What’s next?


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun After reading as many news articles as possible and watching most news channels for updates about the events in Egypt, I asked myself if anyone was surprised about the most recent events in Egypt. Readers may recall my article about Egypt during the Arab Spring; I was cautiously optimistic about democracy’s arrival in Egypt ... Read More »

What is going on in Turkey…


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun It is common knowledge among my readers and my friends that I was born and raised in Turkey and lived the first twenty years of my life in Istanbul. So it is natural that I have been getting many phone calls, emails and text messages asking me this very question. Being away from the ... Read More »