Dante has it right. The final, deepest level of hell is reserved for traitors, betrayers and oath-breakers (the most famous inmate, Judas Iscariot). Now enter Trump. What happened this morning in Helsinki is a national embarrassment on so many levels. I ranted on Twitter this morning that #45 flipped a big middle finger to the … Continue reading The 9th Circle of [Political] Hell
Working 16 hour days, 7 days a week with no break. Iraq declared a level 3 Humanitarian (not Security) Emergency, which means that the UN has free reign to pull in more staff and resources, to assist the humanitarian crisis. Apart from working long days, heartbreaking/eye-opening visits last week when I met with over 60 … Continue reading From Erbil….
So many Iraqis trapped. I am lucky -- I have the luxury of leaving. The Christians and Yazidi's have become targets in their own country. Neighbours, have attacked neighbours. Sunni's are taking up arms and targeting their own communities. The IS has captured Christian and Yezidi women. Men have been brutally executed. Just two days … Continue reading Words fail me
"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom". ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
I was thinking about travel today. This is the longest I've gone w/out a major trip. Thankfully, Columbia is around the corner. So many places to see in the world and likely not enough life to drink it all up. What's on your wish list? I've visited a few of these. The rest are yet to … Continue reading Wanderlust personified
Staring at a blank Word document always makes me feel a bit uneasy. Starting from scratch. Pondering, scheming, struggling to muster an ounce of creativity. How does one return to the writing groove? Such fleeting moments of inspiration. My brain is tired of thinking. My hands grow stiff at this keyboard. My back aches. My soul feels … Continue reading Ribbons and detours
'Historical determinism is a recipe for political quietism.' Have we learned nothing? Today, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. An uncannily similar climate of violence and carnage is unfolding in the Central African Republic. Sadly, amidst the plethora of policy + academic analysis we've yet to provide a satisfactory explanation … Continue reading Recycled Apathy