I have not thus far, met with as many people on this trip as I had intended, as there has usually been something of far greater importance going on. Either there is a war, a riot, a demonstration to overthrow the government, threat of war, meeting to avoid war - you get the drift. I have however been rather more fortunate in Syria where people are quite accessible.
And so it was that I met with Diana Jabbour, Director of Syrian TV, one evening in her office in Damascus. Vivacious and dynamic she graciously spent much longer with me than I had asked for. I began by asking her the obvious; did she feel that she had had to work harder to get where she is than a man would have had to do, and being a woman was she more under scrutiny in such a high-profile position than would be the case if the position was held by a man.