The Pope Says Yes To Dogs

BUT MAGGIE DISAGREED OH-OH! Wrong! (CNN) — A story about Pope Francis allegedly saying animals can go to heaven went viral late last week. The problem is that it wasn’t true. Many erroneous news reports on this incident relied on an article that appeared in The New York […]

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The Natural Order

The Middle East The Natural order A MARTIN J. RYAN VIEWPOINT: From Rome, Alexander, Jesus, the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, T. E. Laurence and the Arabs in WWl; to Bush/Cheney and ISIS. My interpretation: The natural order of things is unfeeling calculation. It is a lion’s cost benefit […]

Image of Charlie, recruiting for terror.

Recruiting Terror

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE. As a favor to Charlie, Juan, a weekend nightshift porter, comes down to the windowless locker room in the basement of the bank, and switches on the bright overhead florescent, then bangs three times with malicious delight on one […]

Toward the end of life.

Fall Silent

A MARTIN J. RYAN SHORT STORY There are two of them. One of them is Joe. It has been snowing all day and the forecast is for two to three days of it, which fits neatly into Joe’s plans. The other man has been here two weeks, though […]

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A Constellation Of Stars

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE Sergeant Frank Driscoll, my lead protagonist: When Frank looks into his mirror he sees a fiftyish Irish crank with carrot-red hair and eyes sharp as blue lights, which shine from a pale freckled face that catches fire too easily […]

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Death On West Forty-Eighth St.

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE. In Manhattan, 6883 miles from Islamabad, the night barely holds along west Forty-Eighth Street, while not yet ready to surrender to the arrows of early morning light that will pierce and reduce the last of it’s shadows. The rain […]

Yusuf in training

The Graveyard Of Empires

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE (Yusuf –“apple pie”Joe from Queens, NY — is terror training in the Tribal Lands when he and his group unexpectantly come upon a firefight, which they observe from a distance. At the same time, thousands of miles away, an […]

Crisis, Opportunity, Money

Pakistan, Taliban, America

>Book Excerpt From THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE: PAKISTAN, TALIBAN, AMERICA (While fictional a fair description of foreign policy insanity, which is okay because crisis means opportunity, and opportunity means money for all sides). 2008. One of my three protagonists, ex law student Yusuf (Joe) Masood (from […]

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