In this Christian Science Monitor article, there is a discussion on the increasing number of “intelligentsia” being murdered in Baghdad.
The plane tickets have been booked. The itinerary is evolving, hotel prices monitored. Soon, the first week long trip of the year will be underway, with 2.5 days in Seoul and another 3.5 days in Japan. An eclectic set of adventures await, from heading to the border of North Korea, to hopefully attending a cosplay event in Japan.