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Entries from November 2007

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November 23rd, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I thought Golaniyah said it best, until I read Levantine Dreamhouse. I don’t often find myself in the same position as Abu Kareem, but he sums up the pointlessness, and embarrassment of this whole situation better than I could have.

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Poking the Arabs – Faisal al Yafai

November 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Interesting piece by the Guardian’s Yemeni journalist who used to live in Damascus. “In Syria, jokes about the brutality of the army have faded since Bashar al-Assad came to power, because he has clamped down on the culture of immunity soldiers used to enjoy. Criticism of such excesses is now permitted, because they are framed […]

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Iraqis go home

November 21st, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Thank you very much to John Wreford for this amazing find. As if the Syrian racism against Iraqi refugees isn’t bad enough, now the Iraqi government is playing at it. This is a flyer posted all over Sayida Zeinab: Photo: John Wreford. It reads: “The Iraqi Ministry of Transport is operating secured journeys to Iraq […]

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Breathing life into history

November 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

London and Paris are now just about as close as Damascus and Beirut. The Eurostar train’s launched a new service whizzing between the two world cities in just over two hours. They’ve restored St Pancras station into one of London’s most attractive buildings. The attention to detail is incredible. Even the metalwork has been painted […]

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Bully boy

November 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

This is hilarious. This is a series of news flashes that have just come up on the news wires. All of the following happened within a seven minute period: 0727 SAUDI ARABIA MAY HAVE STARTED STUDYING A REVALUATION OF THE RIYAL 0732 GCC (Gulf Co-opartion Council) OFFICIAL SAYS NO GULF ARAB STATE CAN DROP DOLLAR […]

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Syria and Jordan co-ordinate their strategies

November 19th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

I knew there had to be something more behind this visit than an agreement over prisoners and borders. So thanks to Norman for pointing it out. Jordan’s King Abdullah made a surprise visit to Damascus, his first in four years. And it comes just days before Arab leaders meet in Egypt to talk peace ahead […]

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King Abdullah in Damascus

November 19th, 2007 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

The Jordanian one, that is. It’s Abdullah’s first visit to Damascus for many years. Jordan and Syria have suffered from frosty relations, despite a positive start seven years ago. Both men come from similar backgrounds – a connection with Britain, they are similar ages, they both inherited their jobs. Syria has agreed to release 250 […]

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The Outsiders

November 16th, 2007 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Arabs make up one of the world’s biggest exile groups. Lebanese, Palestinians, Iraqis and Algerians have fled over the decades – and put down roots in places as diverse as South America, the US, the UK, Germany, Sweden and even Senegal. And we don’t just leave for political reasons, Arabs from countries not affected by […]

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Jebl Qasiyoun

November 11th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

It was the first time I’d been to Qasiyoun alone. But that’s ok. I’m male.   The mountain watches down over us through day and night, summer and winter.   A bright beige in the day, sparkly by night. And at this time of year, the clouds draw patterns on the slopes. Sometimes I stare up […]

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The magic of Sham

November 10th, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

I haven’t even left yet and I’m already missing this place. So, again, please forgive the sentimental tone of this post.   And the second thing is, while this is a very positive post, I don’t mean deny the very many problems that aren’t mentioned here.   I was trying to get to Muhajireen but […]

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