After five weeks of absence / five weeks at my new job, I was finally 100% sure I would succeed in starting to post on this blog again (at least twice a week for now – to be increased). Yay. Small victories! Hello reader 🙂
However, as per my Mission: unthinkable, Monday is “read and comment MENA news” day and, well, I suppose you know what kind of news came out in the past few days. So I’m afraid I can’t comment but rather just share my utter sadness, once more but somehow more acute than usual, for the innocent people of Syria.
Of course, I still like to try and see the good in the bad – so
- I’m grateful for AlJazeera’s truly excellent “Syria’s civil war explained from the beginning” dossier, and for it’s helpful read-aloud option;
- I admire all those who tirelessly work towards reporting with precision all that’s going on and who gets caught in it, such as for example the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, because the monitoring they do is maybe small in the big picture, but an important part of it;
- I’m adding a book to my “to-read” list and very much looking forward to its publication: Dead World by 7yo Bana Alabed
- I’ve taken note of two local Syrian news providers I was previously unaware of, which I just randomly found in my search for news- Syrian Arab News Agency and AlMasdar News
Oh, thank goodness to John Oliver’s ability to make us smile on certain topics. At least, I personally appreciate it.
Things can just get better… right?