An artist is a creature driven by demons
Passing through the blood-soaked city of Kirkuk. Hitching a ride with a Peshmerga soldier. Exploring the ancient and rapidly developing city of Erbil.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for
Q:Hello! I just came across your blog from the tumblrs suggestions on my dashboard and I absolutely love it and find it so inspiring! I love music, literature, music, film, travel, etc. One of my goals in life is to roam around Asia and so many other places like you are at the moment. I've always wanted to go to the DMZ, Dubai, etc. Why are you doing all this? Did you just decide one day that you'd go on a trip? Oonce again, really love your blog...
Hi Rae, thanks so much for your kind words. I hardly know where to begin with answering your question. I guess you could say I was born into a nomadic life. My family moved to the Far East when I was around 6 years old and I spent most of my life in SE Asia. I’m now based in my “home country” England but I seize any opportunity to travel that comes my way. Just recently I got back from Northern Iraq after taking up an invitation from a friend. For me it was a very eye-opening experience. And that is the attraction of travel for me - there is always so much to see and learn! This Tumblr site is actually my secondary blog. If you’d like to know more about my thoughts on travel you’re welcome to check out my wordpress site. You might find more in-depth answers to your questions in the post entitled Is Travel Just Escapism? and my About page.
I strongly encourage you to pursue your goal to see Asia. It is such a beautiful continent and full of variety. It’s actually my favourite part of the world :)
The history of the postbellum South offers another cautionary story of unregulated and extra-legal political violence. The founders of the Ku Klux Klan purported to be defending the rights of the white community against the tyranny of illegitimate Reconstruction governments, black enfranchisement, and federal military occupation. And for several years, the Klan used this rationale to carry out a gruesome campaign of systematic violence, murder, and political intimidation.
War, particularly civil war, is by its nature violent. Official state armies are not immune from the tendency to inflict unjustified violence on civilians. But in America today, this prospect is far more remote, and far less terrifying, than the notion of armed citizens striking out against a perceived enemy, answering to no authority other than their own individual prejudices and passions.
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