August 09, 2012

list of articles about Syria

Just for the sake of spreading the word, i will share some articles on the Syrian issue which you will probably never see in main stream media. I will update it from time to time but just don't expect a fully up-to-date list.

  1. Syria’s “Liberated” Future: Ethnic-Religious Cleansing and Genocide, by Shamus Cooke
  2. Washington Wired for War: Why Syria Could Spell World Catastrophe, by Finian Cunningham
  3. Humanitarian Military Intervention in Syria? Who is Behind the Atrocities?, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
  4. SYRIA: NATO's Next "Humanitarian" War?,  by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
  5. CONFIRMED: US CIA Arming Terrorists in Syria, by Tony Cartalucci
  6. "Orwellian Ramifications" Begin to Unfold in Syria, by Ismail Salami

August 07, 2012

pattern, part 3

I really don't want to fill this blog with political posts but I just need to sum up two previous posts about this pattern I have seen in the political arena in Middle East.

As I said earlier, the incidents in Syria and Turkey's own PKK problem share similarities which can't be explained by coincidence. The methods, the support system, the way international media prefers to look at the matter, they're all the same.

And, if you widen the time span, you will see the exact methods in an earlier era.

Turkey has a lot of pressure coming from the international society to accept (at least to an extend) the allegations about the Armenian Genocide. While it is indeed very true that Armenians suffered a lot during the deportation, it is an hypocrisy to totally ignore the events which caused the deportation.

The methods Armenian guerilla groups used in late 1800s and early 1900s are exactly the same. They first started attacking and killing their own Armenian community. Just like Kurdish terrorists did in mid 80s. Actually, if you widen the time and geographic span, you'll see the exact same methods applied by Greeks and Bulgarians, too.

And why did they start killing their own people in the first place? Because they needed to eliminate any opposition within. They killed or scared to death anyone who opposed them, anyone who refused to provide  help.

All these events are not coincidentally similar but different movements. They all serve the same ambition to take control of the lands which were once controlled by the Ottomans.

Make no mistake. I am not one of those delusional neo-Ottoman fools who dream about building the empire once again. On the contrary, I wish everyone could have seen what a silly idea this is. I can see that it is a very bad idea and it adds more problems to the ones we already have.

So I think it is extremely important to see that all these incidents are not separate from each other but strongly tied together.

August 02, 2012

managing time

I've been using this online tool, toggl, to measure the time i spend working. The result was quite shocking.

It turned out that I work far less than i initially thought. I don't mean the time spent in front of the computer. That must be as long as forever. I am talking about the time i actually do professional stuff to make money. That's either translating, or some other errand closely related to translation.

But, even in the busiest week, i spend around 40 hours, which is probably standard anyway. So it was a shock to me.

What are the possible reasons? Well, for a starter, I am indeed getting older. And I get tired far easier than I used to. This is one of the problems.

Second, even though I love my job, I think I past the saturation point. So unless I am not working on a really very cool project, I lose interest.

Thirdly, now I have a family. I can't put all my efforts into translating as I used to. And this is indeed important.

But still, I wasn't expecting this.

Let me remind you though, I am a translator and this is quite different than most of the office jobs. I mean, there are a lot of people sitting in the office and doing business now and then, such as taking a phone call or replying an email, or maybe presenting a report. And if you ask them, they will say they worked all they long.
It is quite different for me. When I am doing business, then I am doing business, not chatting on the latest social media application. It means I physically and mentally devote myself to that job.

Yet, I think I am getting older.

By the way, if you want to measure the time you spend on various things, you can check this free online tool called toggl.