As you may have noticed, I've been absent for an extended period of time. Although ideas for an article popped up from time to time, I've been unable to actually get down to writing and finishing an article. There are a few unfinished pieces in my queue for 2017, but overall I haven't been able to find the time or concentration to get down to it. Pretty much all my writing activities just stopped for more than half a year, and only recently have I been able to put pen to paper and finish anything.
The hiatus in my writing activities coincided with a time I wasn't doing very well. I'd overworked myself and was basically figuring out how to balance my conflicting and contradictory needs. This is an ongoing process and I may choose to write about it soon.
So far, most of my articles have been reactions to political events in the world and I would like to continue writing articles such as these. I greatly enjoyed researching and writing my article on the protests in Ethiopia. It takes a certain effort to try and understand a country, especially one as different politically and economically as Ethiopia is to the Netherlands. At the same time, such research greatly helps prick through myths about "developping" countries. "Developping," of course, means a very specific form of development: the expansion of capitalism which is always a sordid and violent process.
I hope to be able to take some time, in the future, to write similar in-depth articles about protests and their socio-political background. Nevertheless, it takes a lot of time and effort which I simply don't always have. Next to such articles, I hope to write more articles of a more personal note. During the development of this blog, I have become more and more open about who I am and what drives me, and I would like to try this more often.
Before I stopped writing, I had set some pretty high standards for myself. I wanted to post every article in both Dutch and English as well as a video version of it. My experience is that, unless I can make money off of writing, this will not be feasible in the near future. As such, I'll cut back on these kinds of goals and, instead, try to get back into a steady writing rhythm. I'll see where it goes from there...
To begin with, two new poems: