I lived in Syria in 2008 and have returned to the country a numbers of times since then, including during the troubles in 2011 and 2012. I have spent more time in Syria than any of the foreign journalists who report about the country. Journalists would give their right arm to have contacts and personal friends that I have in Syria. This is one of the benefits of being a citizen journalist.
Criticised and maligned by Western governments and lied about in Western media, Syria is one of the most mis-understood countries in the world.
I hope to bring some insight of Syria through my writings about the country. My reports are personal; based on my own experiences and things I have witnessed. I have tried not to judge Syria from a political view point, but its almost impossible. All I can add is that I hold no political, religious or business allegiance to the country, its government or its opposition.
As someone who has travelled extensively throughout the world as well as spending long periods of time in Syria on a number of occasions over many years, I feel able to go some way to understanding Syria and view that understanding from a global perspective.