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Working away on commitments for the Daily Outsider as I saw this –whether Europe is able to be successful is an open question in light of the continued profound challenges Iran faces right now due to the sheer incompetence of the Regime…The Letter begins as follows:

An Open Letter to Federica Mogherini and the European Imperative to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal


Ms. Federica Mogherini

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

European Commission

Berlaymont 1049


We, the undersigned, thank you for your speech on 8th May 2018, pledging the European Union’s intention to …

Source: Open Letter To Federica Mogherini | The Iranian


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As I write this, it is “mid week” here as I wanted to share this that a Facebook Friend Shared from the Prophet, Khalil Gibran as I hope all enjoy:   ·


                                               Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life , not half a life”

~Khalil Gibran

It is the dawn of a new week and I wanted to “drop by” by  My WordPress corner with this insight on leadership –a great read by Randy Crowley:  

This past Monday I had the great fortune of sitting in on a conversation with former U.S. President Barack Obama. Before I sound too prideful or self-aggrandizing, let me clarify something. I was in a room with 10,000 of my not-so-closest friends, and I wasn’t actually involved in the discussion, per se. I attended the […]

via 3 Things About Leadership I Learned From a 1 Hour Conversation With President Obama — Leading with Trust

Out & About….


I have been working away on projects for the Daily Outsider   while working on a number of Community Projects.    Please enjoy this “Food 4 Thought” For the Week-End:

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” Source: Maria Popova In January of 1961, as John F. Kennedy’s inauguration […]

via JFK on Poetry, Power, and the Artist’s Role in Society: His Eulogy for Robert Frost, One of the Greatest Speeches of All Time — TheBreakAway

It has been another profound week as I tended to commitments for the Daily Outsider related to Iran while continuing to be “Virtually Breathless” with some of the on-going daily soap opera around President Trump.

The Esquire’s Charlie Pierce released a column right after the President made his statement on Iran which is a read for all as he rightly called America “Renege Nation”.   His Words speak for themselves which I also released yesterday while on Twitter.   It is a very tough read.

As the Iran dilemma shocked the World, there was also the on-going personal drama surrounding the President.   The Daily Outsider released a Notation on this as the Lawyer For Stormy Daniels uncovered some startling revelations about millions being paid to Michael Cohen.   As I was assessing it all, if Professor Turley (one of the best legal minds in the Country which I don’t sometimes agree with) continues to underscore this, the President has a challenge on his hand–and oh BTW, it will be great if this image of his was used vs. the Stuff prevalent on his Social Media Profiles:

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY: Below is my column in USA Today on the real danger of the Stormy Daniels case. The danger in the campaign finance allegation is the fact of the investigation not necessarily the charge itself. The fact that there is an ongoing investigation presents a more straightforward basis for prosecutors to…

via How A Porn Star Can Take Down A President — What i found intersting today…

As I write this, it appears that the elections in Lebanon have achieved a few milestones.   Elie Faras reflects on this as I wanted to feature this for my weekly “drop in” to my WordPress corner with some interesting milestones reached–it appears that the apathy of the people was evident–which is a shame:

Here are his opening always interesting read…

On a more than depressing electoral day, a glimmer of hope that started two years ago with Beirut Madinati in Beirut – 1 translated into both Joumana Haddad and Paula Yacoubian becoming parliament members tonight, the first two ever civil society candidates to enter Lebanese parliament. Joumana Haddad’s win for the minorities seat also makes […]

via Kollouna Watani’s Joumana Haddad & Paula Yacoubian Are Now Parliament Members — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

It is the dawn of a new Month and there are elections in Lebanon.   As May is before is, I decided to call up this “draft” and get it out there as it is indeed a Very Tough Read….especially as the region continues to be in turmoil especially in light of the latest stunt from the Israeli PM that Haaretz just debunked!!! as I noted in a Tweet tagging @realDonaldTrump et al not to outsource US Foreign Policy to Israel and Saudi Arabia….Truly challenging times…..


It’s the epitome of irony when the country that gave the world the masterminds and executioners of 9/11, whose soil gave birth to Bin Laden and other infamous terrorists that have killed innocents the world over, whose money has funded terrorism in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Europe and America, whose entire existence is about destabilizing as […]

via Cancer Of Arabism, Breeder of Terrorism, And Radical Islam Harborer Saudi Arabia Is Walking All Over Lebanon’s Reputation & Sovereignty Because We Allow It — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Let me begin by extending Earth Day Best Wishes to all.    I decided to “drop by” my Word Press Corner with a “blast from the past” I picked up while working away at the Daily Outsider–an aspiration many of us @ordinaryfaces yearn for:

The Bush Letter



Out & About….

TEAMIt has been quite a week as I am writing this being supportive of the work at the Daily Outsider and assessing all that has been going on with key areas of interest including the Near East (also known as the Middle East) and Technology.      It was also Tax Week-although the IRS System went down right on Tax Day which was April 17 this year!!!

As Friday dawns here in Southern California, I thought this uplifting message courtesy of the team at Blanchard was timely about the need to be amazing–Enough Said!!!


“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” –Dr. Maya Angelou It is so rewarding to coach clients who want to be amazing and who dare to rise! They are fully aware of their current reality of operating in the normal status quo and are now ready to […]

via 4 Ways to Rise to Be Amazing — Blanchard LeaderChat

This is also as it has been Earth Week and as there is the National Week of Conversation that I hope all participate in   Such conversations are needed ever more….




It has been quite a week in our World as I decided to feature this from one of my daily Must-Read’s for My Word Press Corner.     The President’s has been on a tear yet again in the aftermath of the FBI Raid on Michael Cohen and how Michael Cohen has said he will never turn on the President–and as we may be witness to a US attack in Syria.

Yesterday was also a day that saw Paul Ryan announcing that he’s retiring after the current term.     I personally wrote a Tweet wishing him well–even though I view his speaker ship as probably the worst Speaker ever.   He was a great Salesman that endowed us with trillion dollar deficits that would wreck havoc on ordinary faces.

In the meantime, There is the continued freak show that continues onward in the White House–as the President seems to be listening to the Fox News Pundits–he may also want to listen to Professor Turley…

Wishing all a great rest of the week…

in not living up to his Below is my column in The Hill newspaper on the greatest danger for President Donald Trump in the raids on his personal attorney’s office, home, and hotel room. Michael Cohen’s real threat may be as bait — either by design or default. It is the perfect Wolf Pit and Trump could prove the ultimate prize […]

via Mr. President, Beware Of The Wolf Trap — JONATHAN TURLEY