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Entries from February 2010

Toot toot

February 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Culture

If you love reading Arab blogs, you need to be reading Toot. It’s not an aggregator (like Syria Planet, which simply lists every single blogpost), instead Toot handpicks its favourite Arab blogposts every day. Membership of this exclusive club isn’t easy to achieve. And that’s all the better for the readers. Every post they recommend […]

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Exciting news for Boston, US and London, UK

February 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Culture

This is very very exciting news if you’re in Boston or London. Damascus, the play by Scottish playwright David Greig is showing at the Briggs Opera House in New Hampshire. Now, as is well known, I have never been to America. But Google Maps tells me that it’s only about 100km from Boston. Well worth the journey. In […]

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WaPo screams: don’t talk to Syria

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Politics

This Washington Post editorial speaks volumes of the battle going on behind the scenes to stop Obama, Mitchell and Feltman pushing their rapprochement with Syria. Commentators have been asking why it has taken a year for Obama to even send an ambassador to Damascus when he made this a key part of his election campaign. This editorial […]

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Beirut books

February 21st, 2010 · 3 Comments · Culture, Lebanon

I’ve been on a Beirut-reading binge: I’ve just finished three new books set in Beirut over the past few years, and all three have astonishingly similar endings. Sabra Zoo If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’ve been raving about Sabra Zoo since I got my hands on an advance copy last month. […]

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Why do Arab men hold hands?

February 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Culture

Current TV (Al Gore’s open-access channel) heads to Souq Al-Hamidiyeh in Damascus to take a humourous look at why Arab men hold hands. The trouble is, it neither answers the question, nor delivers any humour. Cue lots of slow-motion shots of men walking through the souq arm-in-arm.

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Happy fifth birthday

February 14th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Syria News Wire

Five years ago today I became a blogger. 14 February 2005 was a pretty important day to start writing about Syria, because next door, Mr Lebanon had taken his last breath. Socially, politically and economically, Syria has changed more in the past five years than in any similar period in our generation. Here are a […]

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Shhhh in Gemmayze

February 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Lebanon

After last year’s little upset when there were street battles (well almost) between angry residents and happy party-goers, Gemmayze’s gone quiet. That’s the hope. Posters have started appearing along Gemmayze, telling the crazy kids to shutup. And yes, I am aware that the posters have been up for ages. Thank you and goodnight.

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Busy

February 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Syria News Wire

Oh no, it’s one of those apologetic posts which mean little to the reader, but assuage the guilt of the lazy writer. I have been busy blah blah blah. You know the deal. But no, I have actually been busy. Really. I’ve been doing something that may even make it on to this blog at […]

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