I spent New Year’s Eve and the first couple of days of January 2014 in Palermo, the capital city of Sicily. I only made one New Year’s resolution (although I had previously dismissed those kind of resolutions as bunk) and that was to earnestly try to make a move into writing and/or journalism in 2014. A career change from time to time keeps life interesting.
As luck would have it, I stumbled right into a scoop during my stay in Palermo. While the world was watching Syria, South Sudan and Iraq, I discovered that the new global troublespot in 2014 will be Palermo. Almost as soon as I had set foot in the city, shooting and fighting erupted. I had spent previous New Years in Beirut, Damascus, Tehran and the West Bank, but I had never witnessed any fighting as intense and frightening as this.
But watch for yourself (the video file is quite large, so you may want to let it load fully before watching it):
Yes, it was dangerous. Yes, it was scary. But somebody had to walk right into the action, make that report and get it back to safety, so that you, my esteemed readers, are fully informed about what’s happening.
If you are CNN or Al-Jazeera, I modestly suggest that you hire me right away.