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Entries from March 2009

American Language Centre re-opens

March 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Culture, Politics

The American Language Centre in Damascus is re-opening. It was closed in November, after the US attack on Syrian soil, near the Iraqi border. The Cultural Centre and school were also shut. All but the school are set to re-open. Some people mistakenly think they cater to Americans, in fact the people who use the […]

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2 million SYP reward in search for Canadian girl missing in Syria

March 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Politics, Travel

The family of a Canadian girl who went missing in Syria two years ago are offering a 2 million Syrian Pound reward ($40,000). The offer has been extended until 31 March, and will be given to anyone who gives information which helps locate their daughter. Nicole Vienneau went missing on 31 March 2007. Her father […]

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Privatising the Damascus Old City

March 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The big sell off continues. Rubbish collection is the latest state service to be privatised. In the Old City men in orange outfits now clean the streets. They work for a new company called Swan. Not only do they have new clothes, but there are more of them, and they use new smaller bins. It […]

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Fruit juice envy

March 22nd, 2009 · 14 Comments · Culture

Damascus has the best fruit juice in the world. The orange is sweet to perfection. The lemon and mint tangy like nothing else. Delicate strawberry. Satisfying banana, milk and chocolate. And then there’s the cocktail. The fruit juice is probably the single thing many Damascenes miss the most when they’re away from home. Ask a […]

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Rebuilding Mount Qasioun?

March 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Most of the cafes littering Jebl Qasioun, high above Damascus, opened 6 years ago.   During the spring of 2003, lots of florescent multi-coloured cafes and restaurants appeared. Through the spring of 2009, many of them have vanished.   If you look up at the mountain from the city below, the mountain road used to be […]

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Damascus play tours the Arab World

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The David Greig play ‘Damascus’ continues its tour of the Arab World this week.   It is in Beirut, at the Masrah Al Medina on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will then visit Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Tunisia.   It just finished a six week run in London.   The Dummar Cultural Centre in Damascus was […]

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America gives Gaza aid…but not to Gaza

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Barack Obama is giving just under one billion dollars in aid, to help Palestinians rebuild Gaza. Except that it is not being given to Gaza – and they are not allowed to use it for rebuilding. Two-thirds of the cash will be given to the West Bank-based Fateh Authority, because Gazans can’t be trusted. The […]

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