Mark Mondalek

Newsbud Partner Author, Newsbud Book Review

Mark Mondalek is a writer and editor based in Detroit. You can follow him @ twitter.

BFP Exclusive- PTSD, Community, and Character: Notes on the Trial of Rasmea Odeh

The Trial: Nothing about United States v. Odeh Seems to Add Up It was as if all the air had been let out of the room. With a brief pause and puff of his cheeks this past November, Judge Gershwin Drain of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan—just hours after […]

BFP Exclusive: And an Oligarch Shall Lead Them: Omidyar, Greenwald & First Look Media’s Attack on the Future of the Press

“Now, if you want to take the position that people should not work at organizations funded by oligarchs, or that journalism is inherently corrupted if funded by rich people with bad political views…” – Glenn Greenwald The long-term mission of the news blog The Intercept, launched in February 2014 by First Look Media—the recently developed […]

BFP Exclusive- Interview with Andrew Kreig: The CIA, Global Empire & the U.S. Presidency

“Uncovering the Puppet Master Class of the Mega-Corporations” In this exclusive interview with Andrew Kreig, author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters (Eagle View Books, June 2013), we discuss the findings behind his most recent research into President Obama’s contentious past, the current and historical impact of the intelligence services on American politics, […]

BFP Book Review- ‘Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney & Their Masters’ by Andrew Kreig

The Enthralling Connections That Make “Viable” Presidency Candidates By Mark Mondalek I was in college when I first read President Obama’s 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father. It was just a little over a year after his inauguration and the book had been curiously assigned in an advanced nonfiction reading course featuring the works of […]

Last Thoughts on Helen Thomas: American Icon – Part II

“Kings, queens & presidents––they were all just people to Helen Thomas” Family, friends and former colleagues of veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas gathered together inside of the National Press Club building in downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for a memorial service held in her honor. Speakers for the event included Sam […]

BFP Book Review- ‘Secrets, Spies and 7/7’ by Tom Secker

“Dead Men Tell No Tales. Muslim Suicide Bombers––Even Less.” By Mark Mondalek To speak of absolutes on behalf of 7/7 is a difficult task. To properly distill the facts of that tragic day, any serious inquiry must rest on one simple foundation: that on July 7, 2005, London bombings (of some kind) killed 56 people […]

The Orphaning of the Arabs: A Brief Look Back at Nasser & the End of the Six-Day War

“A Misguided Preacher with No Faith in His Own Sermons” By Mark Mondalek The last few years of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s life, he took to repeating a saying over and over again, not silently to himself in prayer, but right out loud for anyone to hear. “People like me,” he’d tell his compatriots, “do not […]

BFP Book Review- ‘A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State’ by John W. Whitehead

The Present & Forthcoming Police State in Modern Day AmericaBy Mark Mondalek When I first heard news of this month’s worldwide travel alert proclaiming potential terrorist attacks emanating from al-Qaeda or its affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula to be particularly imminent throughout all of August, an excerpt from John W. Whitehead’s newly released A Government […]

“BFP Exclusive- Last Thoughts on Helen Thomas: American Icon – Part I”

Our Collective Duty is Very Simple: We Must Never Forget By Mark Mondalek Helen Thomas was a patriot. “You have to believe in something,” she once told me, “Believe in democracy.” Patriotism is, of course, a relative thing. Shamefully, it has almost become a dirty word these days, increasingly harbored by those who take the […]