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.
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