Manhattan: Still Fantasy Island

By Albert Goldson

During the 1970s through 1980s, except for a few select neighborhoods, NYC was a dystopian “armpit of a town”.  During the 1990s NYC improved dramatically and with gentrification in the 21st century was able to accomplish much.  This included the repurposing, often through rezoning, of industrial neighborhoods like Soho and Tribeca and down-trodden residential areas in the Ea

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ISIS at the Crossroads

By Albert Goldson

From the perspective of the ISIS leadership they realize that they’ve arrived at a critical crossroad of their existence. Just imagine that you’ve achieved unimaginable success that no other militant group has accomplished in the region in a short period of time.  This wildly successful military and terror campaign have resulted in your soaring popularity amongst your fighters, a

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ISIS: The Reservoir Dogs of the Middle East

By Albert Goldson

Whatever coalition is cobbled together by the US, their performance, or lack of, to combat ISIS is contingent not on US leadership, rather the coalition’s followership.  Specifically it’s how and to what lengths each coalition member will follow and support the US in this campaign that will determine its effectiveness and outcome.Take the classic cult heist movie Reservoir Dog

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The Good Old Days Lifes Boot Camp

By Albert Goldson

It’s all about perspective and life experiences.  Aunts and uncles at family gatherings were sensational story tellers particularly of their personal experiences during their coming of age and early adulthood whether in the US or elsewhere.  It was told it a way that I could actually picture it in my mind as if it was a movie, in black & white of course.  This was the Depr

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A Coalition of One: Americas High Noon in the Middle East

By Albert Goldson

ISIS’ military and public relations objective is to decisively win a major battle against coalition ground forces and force the US to make the excruciating lose-lose choice of either withdrawing from the Middle East or go it alone by committing ground troops. It took the alliance of convenience amongst Kurds, Shiite militia and Iraqi Army with the help of US air power to break the 82-day sie

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Tahiera Monique Brown will be speaking at TEDxBirminghamSalon

By Tahiera Monique Brown

 
 

Tahiera Monique Brown Keynote Speaker for Survivor Conference

By Tahiera Monique Brown

I Am A Survivor Luncheon will be celebrating women who has survived insurmountable challenges. The "I Am A Survivor Conference" will have author Tahiera Monique Brown as the Keynote speaker. The title of her speech is called, "Going Through The Fire".  The event will take place  on September 13, 2014 at Embassy Suites 800 Monroe Drive, Huntsville, Alabama from 12:00 p

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Bellicose Neutrality A Gathering of Militants

By Albert Goldson

ISIS is reveling in their strong recruitment results in attracting disaffected youth from Western countries thanks to the fortuitous combination of stunning military successes and a sophisticated social media marketing campaign. In response to the dangers posed by returning indoctrinated, battle hardened recruits, Western countries are in the process of identifying those individuals who travel or

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Nostalgia: Urban Americanas Forgotten Past

By Albert Goldson

What do you think about when you reminisce about a time and place? Family-owned and independent diners, restaurants, cafes, taverns, bars, local cinema, pizzeria, candy store, and the extinct Army/Navy store? And do you reminisce even about those bygone playgrounds whose industrial designed monkey-bars and obstacle structures which are now verboten due to safety concerns and worthy only for US Nav

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President Obama's Brazilian Doppelganger

By Albert Goldson

Political developments in Brazil leading up to the October presidential election are overflowing with Twilight Zone parallels to the events leading to the American presidential elections in 2008.  After a period of explosive economic growth, the Great Recession was enveloping the US economy rapidly that summer.  It featured increased popular discontent particularly with the outrageous up

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