Author and Academic Adventurer
I am not really sure what a "blog" is, aside from that I always appear to have had one--at least in the form of making periodic mass emails (and now some FaceBook stuff) about recent activities/insights to a long list of (hopefully avidly reading and appreciative) friends and acquaintances.
Thematically, these have ranged from late-night rants about Donald Trump's promises to cut off Muslim immigration to the USA, to more measured analysis of the Syrian refugee crisis spilling into Europe via Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, a book review about Dame Agatha Christie's time in the Mesopotamian desert on an archeological gig in the 1930s or even a running acount of the July 15, 2016 abortive coup in Turkey and its aftermath.
Often, these postings are written in the face of grinding frustration: journalism has changed so much over the past decade that I often find it almost impossible to "place" a story or OpEd the way I used to do, before this thing called the Internet basically killed my career. But just as often, my friends send me praise for my work, and that invites me to write (or photograph) more, and keep on posting, regarding the free-bee articles as grist for the mill of some future book.
I will endeavor to insert a couple of links here, with the understanding from readers that sometimes a "blog" is merely a first draft that should be corrected.
Equally as importance as that understanding is the fact that I cannot continue to do this sort of informational altruism forever for free.
Thus, I have added a donations button to the bar, and hope readers of the Blogs/Updates will show their appreciation by tossing me a little coin once in awhile!
BLOGS TO BE POSTED:
Post Georgia-Russia 2008 War stuff:
Gezi Park Riots, Istanbul 2013:
Syrian Refugees in Lesbos, 2015:
July 15 2016 Gulenist Coup in Turkey and its Aftermath:
Standing Rock, North Dakota and the anti-DAPL pipeline protests, Fall 2016
June 25: The Montana Conspiracy (in Turkey):
I am in Turkey, June 2013, and exploring the "Taksim Uprising" and will get back shortly. TCG