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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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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When We Lock Ourselves Into the Cages of Our Own Constraints

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Here is what I find disturbing about this election campaign. It is less about the candidates than the people supporting them. It is less about the short term and the longer term and the fate of the nation. I have long held the mantra that I will survive any asshole who gets the job, so the hysteria of what one will do as opposed to the other leaves me if not sanguine at least skeptical about their ultimate potency. In short, not much changes.

But we have turned a new corner with their supporters. The supporters are so intent on stopping one candidate or the other they have given their direct or tacit approval to the manipulation of certain realities so that they will overlook even the most obvious displays of corruption and duplicity. In their alleged quest for the GREATER GOOD, it is now okay for the media to be openly partial, to fudge the facts, or, worse, to bury seriously damaging information that would adversely effect their candidate. It has now become okay to lie, cheat, obfuscate and conceal. All again for the GREATER GOOD.

Well, this is why it is often said the path to hell is paved with good intentions. The quest to stop one candidate or the other at ANY PRICE relinquishes the power and control over the news and informational venues and grants them the same kind of access that Pravda used to share in the old Soviet Union. Events are no longer merely matters of interpretation. They are instead instruments of propaganda. This is a Bad Precedent. This is Dangerous. This is how the path to good intentions turns at the fork onto a proto-fascist thoroughfare where the news agencies and the information sources are firmly controlled by the corporate instruments.

Historically, this is how people lock themselves in the cages of their own creation, and then spend years wondering how and why. You are in essence giving them the license. So in an attempt to stop a candidate at any cost you are paying a far greater price than you may realize.

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