Showing posts from September, 2010


It is not a simple task to tackle in depth the relationship between parents and children in one blog post. My intention is to describe, as an insider, parenting in Syria and its negative effect on the rise of a free society. My endeavor becomes all the more demanding since the country is extremely complex due to its underlying social mosaics and I’m forced yet again to make sweeping generalizations. This is the average Syrian family I am depicting, one that is as elusive as it is real, as extinct as it is pervasive. On the most primitive level, one that is evident during the early life of offspring, homo sapiens, primates and most mammals share common parental instincts. We humans might have different ways of expressing our affection but until our children are in their mid teens we pamper/foster/raise them along parallel lines partially immune to cultural or racial variations. Adolescents may or may not be treated as children in various parts of the world but socioeconomic factors be

Cloud People

A dull thud chased by a deafening shriek cleaved the sleep from my eyes. I tumbled down fastened to my seat in loud silence. Strewed debris plummeted around. The plane had exploded in midair and although I was not dead yet I was soon to be. In a surge of defiance entwined with acceptance I unbuckled the seat-belt and floated free. I assumed a spread-eagle position bringing my fall under control. Fragments of memory whooshed with the rushing wind illuminating pinpoints of realization on a giant blank screen. Seconds earlier I was fast asleep at a cruising altitude of 37,000 feet. Now that my body had reached terminal velocity nothing stood between me and the solid ground but 45 seconds of feckless time and a bank of clouds. An endless bank of clouds. As the white expanse loomed closer the silence grew quieter. I was involuntarily slowing down and upon reaching a mushrooming top its ethereal substance brought my plunge to a gentle halt. I pranced, furtively evading the unseen and dis