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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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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The Lurking Chinese Dragon

By Albert Goldson

The unfolding events in Ukraine are of intense interest to the Chinese leadership who face similar challenges in their part of the world with respect to perceived Western encroachment and a large Chinese Diaspora near China. Western economic and military offerings of EU and NATO membership to Ukraine are perceived as a serious encroachment into the Russian sphere of influence and buffer zone. This

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The Hidden Trust Fund Market

By Albert Goldson

The media incessantly portrays trust fund kids as the offspring of billionaires and multi-millionaires who race around in Maseratis, dine at Michelin rated eateries, and party at exclusive clubs worldwide thanks to daddy’s platinum or black credit card generally leading the good life “without an apparent day job and no visible means of support.”. Although that may be true, that d

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The Luxury Market Bubble

By Albert Goldson

There are endless and sometimes justifiable discussions about many bubbles percolating these days at the cusp of bursting, notably stock market, student loans, real-estate market (again), commodities, currencies, etc. The word ‘luxury’ has morphed into a label that’s applied and slapped on to everything from private jets to dog food enabling firms from family-run to large corpora

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