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Entries from April 2008

Explosive claims

April 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

But what’s behind it? Claims that Syria was trying to build a nuclear reactor with North Korean help tell us more about the US than they do about Syria. There’s nothing new here. These accusations were leveled when Israel destroyed a building in Syria with an air raid last September. Now the US has produced […]

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Damascus in words

April 24th, 2008 · 17 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s not often a description of Damascus captures me completely. But Qunfuz has done it. This deserves to be published. If you have never been to Damascus – read this, it will take you there. If you love Damascus but you’re not there – read this, it will take you home. If you’re in Damascus […]

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The Destruction of the Old City – part three *Exclusive*

April 20th, 2008 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

In Amara, the destruction was avoided, in Medhat Pasha renovation is underway – but in Saroujah, the argument goes on. Official documents show a decision is going to be made by the end of the year – a generation after the controversy began. Saroujah holds a special place in my heart. I named my blog […]

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The destruction of the Old City – part two

April 13th, 2008 · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

So Amara was saved. But in the south of the Old City something nasty is happening. The busiest road within the city walls has been closed for the past year, as it is ripped to pieces. Walk along Medhat Pasha – called Straight Street in the Bible – and bulldozers are tearing up the ground, […]

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Syria tries to make it into the World Cup

April 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Wonderful article on Syria’s footballing dream – from reaching the Asian Champions League final two years ago (that was Al Karama) to making it into the World Cup. How the money men ended Syria’s military approach to footballThe Guardian, UKJames MontagueApril 10, 2008 12:54 PM ” But five years ago the army’s power was challenged […]

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Signs of change in Damascus

April 10th, 2008 · 48 Comments · Uncategorized

It caused controversy when it first went up. A massive billboard was installed a few years ago at the entrance to Souq Al-Hamidiyeh, one of the city’s key tourist sites. It was a shot of the Syrian flag. But it seems like it had been copied and pasted directly from a Syrian blogger’s work. Last […]

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The destruction of the Old City – part one

April 5th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Who said civil society can’t have an impact in Damascus. Plans to destroy decades old shops in Amara caused outrage last year. It was all in the name of progress – knock-down the shops, and widen the road. That would mean less traffic in the Old City. But critics said it would damage the city […]

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Residents rebel in Gemmayze

April 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Residents in the newly hip eastern Beirut district of Gemmayze have taken the law into their own hands. A group of up to one hundred people blocked the street on Saturday in protest at the constant partying. The army was called into the area to disperse the crowd. Many of the elderly residents are angry […]

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