Random Thoughts (12)

  1. If you have doubts about humanity, listen to this podcast about a hospital in Israel treating wounded and sick Syrians.
  2. I wouldn’t have thought that many people read articles as long as the one about my decision to return to Europe, but the number of comments surprised me. Thank you all!
  3. More than a hundred years after the Armenian genocide, new evidence is still being uncovered.
  4. One thing to consider when choosing a university for your PhD: in Finland, you receive a sword upon graduation. phd-degree-with-distinction-in-molecular-plant-pathology-biotechnology-e28093-the-ultimate-key-to-yeshitilas-succes
  5. On the other hand, I can imagine that wearing a top hat and carrying a sword on the bus or at McDonald’s may lead to even more resentment against the elites.
  6. Wild boars killed three ISIS fighters in Iraq.
  7. The fifth season of The Americans is rather lame and uneventful, which is disappointing after the previous seasons.
  8. So if you want to know more about the KGB “illegals” living in the US during the Cold War, you may do better by reading the book of one of these ex-spies, who coincidentally was from Germany.
  9. A small part of the higher numbers for asylum applications in Germany may be due to Germans pretending to be Syrian refugees and applying for asylum, like in the case of this German military officer.
  10. Let’s hope that in most other cases, this is only done to collect some extra money, not to plot terrorist attacks.
  11. War Dogs, based on the true story of some youngsters who supply weapons to the US military, was actually not that bad. Only the depiction of Albania was unfair.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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8 Responses to Random Thoughts (12)

  1. David says:

    Re 2: And then there were people like me who read it but didn’t comment…

  2. Gaya says:

    I can’t remember which article was longer: the one about returning to Europe or the one about your climb of Chacaltaya. But both were good stuff!

    • Thank you very much!
      I am glad someone reads the longer articles. I am still old-fashioned and prefer paper for anything longer.

  3. David says:

    BTW, re #1: I think the people who didn’t try to predict that this would help the cause of peace and were more agnostic about it, just saying that it’s a humanitarian thing without any unlterior hopes were, sadly, correct. See this video, as an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlUTGUFknVo&spfreload=10

    Of course, one can’t generalize.

    • That is disturbing. Very disturbing. Sadly, this “martyrdom” bla bla is something I have heard and read from a lot of Palestinians. In that particular case, I hope that the child will be smarter and more independent than the mother, but sadly, there are also a lot of children who continue the tradition.

      I would just like to point out that the podcast is about a hospital treating Syrians, not Palestinians like in the video. The Syrians are fighting against the Assad dictatorship and against ISIS, not against civilians and they don’t generally celebrate martyrdom (although they too may use the term when someone is killed in battle).

    • David rosenbaum says:

      Yes, you are correct to point out the difference.

      But I am curious how they know exactly who the Syrians they treat are aligned with. Of course, since the whole thing is done hush-hush, there’s no way for us to know, but I assume they have a system.

    • I thought that due to logistics, most patients will probably come from the Golan region or from nearby Damascus, but probably not from farther away. Hence, most patients should be with the Free Syrian Army or of course civilians. The main staging area of ISIS or al-Nusra are further north.

      Source: https://syria.liveuamap.com

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