Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis Suggests Erratic Policy Caused the United States to Minimize the Threat of Chinese Military and Economic Dominance

Minstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is contemplating writing a non-fiction book in support of his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The new book would outline how the economic and security strategy that was formulated for China was both erratic and costly. The Guys Who Spied for China, is a roman a clef based on the early Chinese espionage program that took place in the eighties and nineties.

“Today, there is sudden concern that we did too little to stem Chinese military and economic ambitions in its region and globally,” said Basichis. “We were in it for the quick money and it seems from one administration to another we neglected the larger picture. As such, China has made some remarkable advances in its military, in technology, and has expanded its economic footprint so that it threatens to dominate ours.

“When I first wrote The Guys Who Spied for China, I thought it as an intimate spy novel, but one with plenty of its warnings,” said Basichis. “For over thirty years Chinese espionage efforts enabled it to steal some of our more advanced technology in weaponry and the industrial space. It has cost the American corporate concerns billions of dollars and has closed the technological edge the United States may have established in the past decades.”

Basichis pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray issued recently a dire warning about China’s growing influence. The article was published in the Business Insider, and Wray expressed concerns about the variety of ways China was implementing elaborate strategies to replace the U.S. as the dominant power. He noted much of Wray had to say has been stated many times, but we have so far failed to implement a coherent, long term policy through which to defend ourselves.

“When I was writing The Guys Who Spied for China, more than a few were aware China was involved in a comprehensive espionage and information gathering system,” said Basichis. “But, like many things, the threat was not as obvious as it is today. China’s advanced cyber threats were largely in the developmental stages and much of the weaponry, much of which was based on the theft of American technology, was yet to be created. Responsible parties thought they had plenty of time to counter China’s attempts at global dominance. Well, now here we are. Time is up.”

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Considerations and Complications on Guns, Gun Control and Violence in America

I usually stay away from the gun debate as the argument is typically a no win ban guns-gun rights. And then some mention about mental illness that may or may not be the case.

Gun violence and guns, which will never get banned may be but one instrument of expressing the systemic maladies that so affect American society. There are the easy solutions, discipline the kids better, ban guns, ban bullets, limit magazines, run background checks. Played off of second amendment rights, and the pervasive crime and the expansion of gangs and violence. We won’t even get into preserving the country against the government, as that for me is a tough one to buy into to.

Guns are definitely part of the greater equation. But there are other significant considerations. What we never bother to ask, after 30 odd years of impressing on kids how special each one is, we never stop to wonder what effect it has when they discover that they are just another regular kid, at best one of many, at worst the freak, the outcast subjected to bullying and ridicule, reaching a point where they are ready to die to achieve their objectives as long as they can take a lot of their antagonists with them.

Then there is the fact that every third movie shows the best resolution is to go to the gun to resolve your problems within the allotted hour and 30 minute time frame. And then in grand cinematic fashion they shoot the shit out of the movie, or TV screen, massive gun play, to embellish the point. Add to that Violent video games. I realize certain people insist this is fantasy and kids make the distinction between real violence and fantasy. If that was the case then how do you explain say, with fashion in films and other behavior patterns that kids and adults readily emulate?

And then there is this other fact that is frequently overlooked. It seems that most mass shooters, especially young ones come from middle to affluent neighborhoods. Kids from poorer districts may get into gang violence, but you almost never see them shooting up a school or movie theater. They are too close to violence and seemingly are less inclined to live out the fantasy. So what is that about?

So in short this is a messed up society in far too many ways to think there is a single solution. Theoretically, banning all guns may eliminate mass shootings, but all reality dictates that is never going to happen. And then we have to ask the question that we had both gun ownership and schools since the creation of the country. And we seldom if ever heard of gun violence in schools or movie theaters or wherever until the past 50 years or so. And even that was sporadic. Charles Whitman, shooting from the University of Texas Tower was the first one that comes to mind, in 1966. But following that such events were rare, if anything. And even then Whitman had used knives to kill his wife and mother, before climbing the tower. He liked to mix it up a bit. The next major mass school shooting was Columbine in 1994. And then it kicked in from there.

There are other considerations, but I’m sure by now you get the point.

So besides the gun issue, the killings are most horrific, we should be asking ourselves what are we doing to this society over the past several decades to bring this shit about.



Minstrel’s Alley Novelist, Gordon Basichis, is Selected for Levure Litteraire

Minstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, has been selected for inclusion in the 13th Edition of Levure Litteraire, a prestigious literary publication featuring poets, authors, and artists from around the world. The latest edition of the online publication includes Chapter Eleven of Basichis’ novel, The Blood Orange.

“I am delighted to be included in such a wonderful publication with so many terrific writers and authors,” said Author, Gordon Basichis. “There is just a richness in the works of these writers that demonstrates indeed that literature and poetry are alive and well around the world.”

“I would especially like to thank Helene Cardona, John Fitzgerald, and Rodica Meyer for inviting me into this 13th edition. These are terrific writers and poets, truly committed to extending and maintaining the global literary culture. It is truly an honor to be included here. It is something in today’s world that Levure Litteraire, a publication with this kind of character is still going strong, maybe stronger than ever, since its creation in 2010. It is a remarkably fertile ground for literature, poetry, the arts, and global culture.

Basichis noted that The Blood Orange is a romantic mystery thriller, a post-modernist version of classical Southern California Noir. He pointed out it is set in modern day Los Angeles, while drawing on the legends of historic Spanish California.

The Blood Orange features contemporary L.A. as a principal character in a modern day story that incorporates the old California Bandit legends with contemporary intrigue, violence, and internecine struggles,” said Basichis.

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Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis, to Write Non-Fiction book as a Follow Up to His Novel, The Guys Who Spied for China

The Guys Who Spied for ChinaMinstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is writing a non-fiction follow up to his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The novel was a Quarter Finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards, and is a roman a clef based on Basichis’ true experiences, detailing how Chinese Espionage Networks were first discovered in the United States during the early and middle 1980’s. Basichis intends for the new book to describe the progress and failures in thwarting Chinese espionage attempts in recent years.

“I’m not the first one to say the United States policy toward China is inconsistent and often erratic,” said Basichis. “It is understandable, considering we are in a co-dependent relationship with neither side wanting to ever stretch tensions to the breaking point. At the same time, it has cost this country dearly in stolen technology and real and potential advantages in both the global economy and military superiority.

“The most recent mess is where the New York Times and other media outlets published how cyber breaches and possible Chinese moles all but destroyed American espionage efforts against China. It is a total debacle. It is just devastating. As I can only speculate on how such a breach may have occurred, I also think there is a pressing need for both the President and Congress to reassess its current policy with China and for the Intelligence Community to restructure its operation so that can assure the American public that moving forward oversight is such that it reduces the chance of calamity. And if a breach is discovered, it is quickly remedied.”

Basichis indicated that the book he is considering will be non-fiction and will help address the need for a more coherent policy toward China. He noted how the recent Chinese military buildup is based on both homegrown technology and advanced technology stolen from the American Defense Industry.

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Minstrel’s Alley Publishes Cuban Quartet as It Sees Intensive Interest in Stories About Cuba

Minstrel’s Alley, an independent publishing and media group, is seeing a great deal of interesting with stories about Cuba. The Los Angeles based company recently published author Gordon Basichis’ latest novel, “The Cuban Quartet,” and international romantic mystery, seeded on the rumors and legends surrounding missing mob money when Castro marched into Havana.

“Cuba is the new landscape for dramatic fiction,” said M.J. Hammond, Publisher and President of Minstrel’s Alley. “It is decaying and mysterious, sultry and filled with legend, the perfect setting for romance and adventure. “It is why we decided to a romantic adventure like The Cuban Quartet was just right for the times.”

“When we first published Gordon Basichis’ novel, his fifth, the whole Cuban interest thing was just beginning to happen. The Cuban Quartet, was just right for publication as the heart of the story was wrapped around an old myth told to Gordon by older friend, a former CIA agent who had been stationed in Cuba, before Castro not long before it fell to Castro.”

Hammond pointed out that she has since become aware of other dramatic series about complex men, drifting in the shadows. She noted that an article in U.S. News and World Report indicated Antonio Banderas is slated for a dramatic series on Starz Channel, also entitled Cuban Quartet.

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