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Entries from October 2008

The colonisation of Bab Touma

October 11th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I guess it's always been like this to an extent. White European Arabic language students are told they will did life easier living with the Christians. So they arrive in Damaacus, walk around Bab Touma and read one of the signs – written in English – advertising a room for rent in an 'Arabic house'. […]

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City of Jamine

October 6th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Jasmine is the flower of Damascus.   No Jasmine in the world smells like the Damascene Jasmine. But as the city jumped head-first into the Soviet-style progress of the 1960s and 70s, that smell was replaced by the odour of petrol fumes, building site work, dust and cigarettes.   By the turn of the century, […]

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American in Damascus

October 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

This is the best tourist article about Damascus I have seen for a very long time. It is by London-based NBC journalist F. Brinley Bruton. She spends a lot of time outside the Old City (yes, there is a Damascus outside the city walls!) and doesn’t include the phrase “conversion on the road to Damascus” […]

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John McCain will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

October 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

McCain’s vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin: “building our embassy, also, in Jerusalem, those things that we look forward to being able to accomplish with this peace-seeking nation.” Until now, America’s embassy has been in Tel Aviv. Every other country in the world also has their embassy in Tel Aviv (except Micronesia) because they have agreed to […]

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Why The Guardian is wrong on Syria

October 1st, 2008 · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

…this time. Ian Black has been The Guardian’s Middle East editor since the legendary Brian Whitaker moved to a different role at the British newspaper. They were big shoes to fill, but Black has done it admirably. He knows Syria – ok, not as well as Whitaker did – and he treats it with a […]

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Syria is favourite for a key position in the UN nuclear agency

October 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Syria is the frontrunner for a seat in the IAEA – the International Atomic Energy Association, which is the UN’s nuclear body. It is a straight fight between Syria and Afghanistan. Initially Syria was the only candidate. But under US pressure, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan also put their names down for the Middle East and South […]

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