Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by our Greek friends, and the currently trending news item, the migrant crisis.
Syrians have a right to seek a safer future than the reality they face now. If we can't make that happen for them in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, we should not be surprised if they come and look for it here. Seeking protection and education should not be seen as a luxury and survival should never been seen as enough.
Bloomsbury have published the much awaited new novel by William Boyd. I've had a copy of Sweet Caress for weeks but was waiting until closer to the publication date to write this review. Trouble is, I was told the 10th September. And they released it on August 27th. And now, of course, you've all read it, haven't you?!
World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.