Beyond the Coast

Revolution… Coup… What’s next?

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com 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…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun  tayasun@taray.com 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 »

The Frog and the Scorpion

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The story may be an old one; but it is effective and meaningful today as it ever was. And it goes like this: The scorpion approaches the frog that was resting on the banks of the river. “Please take me to the other side” he begs. “I will not” responds the frog, “you will ... Read More »

Situational awareness…

James Holmes in court.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com People, young and old, are packed on both sides of the road at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It is a public holiday in Boston and the perfect day for a marathon. Two young men carrying black backpacks walk amongst the crowd stop and drop off their deadly loads on the curb, ... Read More »

Potpourri…

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It is getting increasingly difficult to focus on events taking place around the world. It seems like a new story pops up every day in a different part of our troubled globe. Today things are much different from the “good old days” when the world was neatly divided up by the two super powers: USA and the Soviet Union. Whenever ... Read More »

Third Bridge to the “Other Side”

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Growing up in Istanbul in the 50’s and the 60’s the “other side” meant either the Asian side or the European side of the City depending on which side you lived on. The Bosphorus Straits, a waterway which divides the city into two distinct parts and carries the cold waters of the Black Sea in Northern Turkey towards the warmer ... Read More »

Senkaku/Diaoyu Crisis…

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The Wall Street Journal reported from the Yokota Air Base in Japan that the highest ranking U.S. Military commander in Japan, Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, expressed his concern about Tokyo’s intensifying territorial dispute with China, calling it a “very bad situation” and blamed the Chinese navy for what he termed “a provocative act that can become dangerous.” “The Senkaku/Diaoyu Island ... Read More »

Mali! Again!

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When I wrote about what was going on in Mali a few issues ago as a follow-up to my earlier story about what happened in Benghazi; many readers emailed me wondering the importance (or lack thereof) and the timing of the story. The events of last week in Algeria and in Mali brought this important area of Africa back into ... Read More »

Angels…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com 2012 has certainly been a very interesting, confusing and, in many ways, a terrible year. My only wish is that 2013 will not be a repeat performance. Friday, December the 14, 2012, was and will remain as the worst day of my life. It doesn’t matter how many times I try to get the events ... Read More »

Middle East – A powder keg…

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Beyond the Coast Events in the Middle East are heating up rapidly and will most probably be coming to a conclusion; one way or the other very soon. In order for the readers to connect the dots and make their own conclusions, I will list my interpretation of the latest events and the countries involved. SYRIA By far the most ... Read More »

A most memorable Thanksgiving…

Turkey merchant in Istanbul.

  BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net Thanksgiving 1975, will remain as one of the most memorable and strange Thanksgiving holidays for my wife and me. We were living in Istanbul, Turkey while I completed my compulsory military service in the Turkish Armed Forces. My wife and our one year old son lived in the first floor of my childhood home ... Read More »

On Heroes and Cowards

Sean Smith.

          A hero is defined as someone who deliberately and courageously overcomes obstacles for the benefit of others without regard to personal consequences. A coward is defined as a person who shows disgraceful fear and shameful lack of courage or fortitude under difficult conditions at the expense of others. This week, as we learn more and ... Read More »

A real and growing danger…

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun  turk1949@comcast.net When the last US troops left Iraq, Al-Qaida terrorists were believed to have around 1,000 fighters remaining in the area. The last intelligence estimates clearly indicate that there are now more than 2,500 fighters; and various new terrorist training camps have opened all around the desert areas of Iraq and the numbers of these terrorists ... Read More »

What Is Going On In Mali?

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most readers may not be familiar with Mali, a landlocked country in interior Western Africa, twice the size of Texas, divided into three natural zones; the Southern, cultivated Sudanese area; the Central semiarid Sahelian; and the Northern, arid Saharan. It is located to the southwest of Algeria, north of Guinea, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, ... Read More »

Primitive Savages… Sept. 11, 2012

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Exactly eleven years to the day, primitive savages in Libya attacked the American Consulate in Benghazi and assassinated our Ambassador Christopher Stevens along with three others; two of whom happened to be former SEALS. Earlier in the same day more primitive savages in Cairo, Egypt attacked the American embassy, climbed over the walls, entered the ... Read More »

No Better Friend… No Worse Enemy…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net I am visiting my family in Northern Virginia. Sitting by a small spring-fed lake in this very peaceful neighborhood on the outskirts of our Nation’s Capital, I am reading the local papers, following international news on the internet and talking to some of my old friends on the phone as I catch up on world ... Read More »

United Nations out… United Democratic Nations in…

BEYOND THE COAST  Tarik Ayasun  turk1949@comcast.net After two issues where I did not have my column, I am back. There are so many things to write about, one needs to be choosy, not by choice but by circumstance. One of the most important events of the past two weeks was the Syrian Government’s shooting down of a Turkish F-4 reconnaissance jet. ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

      By Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Shirlee and Brian Barcic report that they went to the new, upgraded and upscale Sam Snead’s Tavern located in Lely Resort! They were so impressed with the service, the atmosphere, the cleanliness, the prices and the great food that they will invite their friends to go with them the next time. They tell ... Read More »

68 hour non-visit…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net Before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, we were able to travel freely and do business with our customers in Tehran. In 1976, I was working for an export company located in New Jersey. My sales territory included Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt. I had to make frequent trips to these areas to ... Read More »

A World View…

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net I read a number of international newspapers, magazines and watch and listen to international news every day. It is important to be aware of the international environment because one way or the other all international events affect our day to day lives here in America. We do not live in a vacuum and every decision ... Read More »