Hello everybody! My name is Gregory Palmer.  For a brief introduction to my background, see my first post. I have a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and am well versed in political theory and history. The blog focuses mostly on Middle Eastern affairs, as that is my area of expertise, but I cover stories from other parts of the world as much as I can. Politics is more than just an area of interest for me, this is my passion. Sharing your passions with others is both intimidating and rewarding. To quote myself (a bit pretentious, I know): “One of the greatest fears we have in this world is the fear of ourselves: we fear what we can or cannot do, we fear how others see us, we fear how we see ourselves.” This blog is me letting go of that fear. I have something that I care deeply about, and I just can’t keep quiet about it. In an era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ I seek to do what I can to contribute to an honest discussion of the issues facing the world today.  We are not made failures by our inabilities, but rather by our unrealized abilities. I have an ability to help you, the reader, educate yourself about political events around the world, if you would let me. Let me share my passion and knowledge with you, and I will do my best to see that you are not disappointed. And remember, if you disagree with something I post, or simply want to inform me of something I missed, you can always contact me and I will be listening.