Temporary Hiatus

This blog will be on standby for a while.  As you might have noticed, I haven’t posted a great deal in the last few months (exactly twice since the middle of August).  For various reasons including a total absence of a functioning computer and an unrelenting bout of depression, I will be taking some time off from blogging here while I attempt to sort my life out.  If some especially entertaining or note-worthy piece of news comes out, I might comment.  Hopefully I’ll be back to normal service by November. Advertisements Continue reading Temporary Hiatus

Oh God, Not Syria Again

On Thursday I went to a conference at the LSE called Inside Syria: 18 Months On.  There were four panels on different subjects (the regime, the opposition, Syrian identity, and the economic situation) and a closing speaker (none other than Burhan Ghalioun).  Something that particularly struck me was that practically every opposition activist who spoke – as opposed to the academics – mentioned the prospect of international intervention in a positive light.  They also stressed that although the uprising’s development into a civil war was not desirable, now that it has happened we have to deal with it on those … Continue reading Oh God, Not Syria Again