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Entries from March 2008

March 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

P.S. the air raid sirens have been tested too! No I didn't think it was the start of the war. Honestly. Ok, maybe a bit.

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The Summit of excitement

March 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Arab League Summit is the talk of the town.   This year's event is being held in Damascus. It should be the crowning glory for Syria. The city is three months into being Arab Capital of Culture. The Arab world is supposed to be looking in this direction with rose-tinted glasses for once.   Posters […]

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Foreigners in Damascus

March 18th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

We used to play a game. It's called spot the foreigner. You get extra points if they're speaking Arabic, if they don't have a backpack, if they're walking fast.   It worked because foreigners were a rare species in Damascus.   Now, there is a flood. No doubt, it's because Syria is in the news. […]

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Change in Saroujah

March 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I've only been away for twelve weeks. Three months. But things seem more different than when I'd been away for years.   My nomadic existence has brought me back to Damascus after a short exile in London. But this isn't the Damascus I knew a few weeks ago. Things are changing at the blink of […]

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Do it now!

March 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Ok, so Samir Jaja is in Washington, and he’s going to be spreading his wisdom at an event on Thursday. As Mickey Mouse, I am disappointed not to have been invited. So as my revenge, I will reply to the RSVP email address telling them that in fact, Mickey Mouse will be attending. If any […]

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Human Rights Watch gives a voice to the un-oppressed

March 9th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ll start this by saying that I have had a long-running campaign against Human Rights Watch, academically and on this blog. HRW is an overwhelmingly American organisation – the vast majority of its membership, employees and offices are in the US. It contributes to the imbalance in NGOs working in the developing world – overall […]

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US election angst

March 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Isn’t it tragic how we are staring at our TVs, watching the US election race with such enthusiasm. This is an election in a country thousands of miles away, in which we have no control. But which will have a direct impact on all our lives. Do Americans watch the outcome of the Swedish vote […]

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