The wife of a Spanish reporter held for three months by militants in Syria has broken her silence in the hope that publicity might achieve what negotiation has not. Martin Chulov's report for the Guardian sheds new light on the kidnapping of journalists and aid workers in Syria and highlights the perils of what is plainly one of the most dangerous conflicts for reporters in recent history.
I've sat through enough town hall meetings to know why people - especially students - ask why we bother (a question I readily concede I have asked myself a number of times).
Here's a good example of why it is worth it.
Some elected members have a tendency to forget they are speaking in public forums and suffer from the something that can afflict us all - the-foot-in-mouth-syndrome.
And sometimes we are grateful they suffer such lapses.