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Entries from October 2010

Bait Al-Qassid

October 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Culture

Every Monday night, a dark, inhospitable hotel bar is transformed into one of Syria’s most vibrant creative salons: the House of Poetry, Bait Al-Qassid. Jennifer Mackenzie wrote one of the first pieces about the weekly event (which recently celebrated its fourth anniversary) in Gulf Life magazine. The basement bar at the Fardoss Tower Hotel, just […]

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There’s a synagogue in…Beirut?

October 3rd, 2010 · 8 Comments · Culture

That’s the tone of Fareed Zakaria’s slightly patronising CNN piece. But it still served an important purpose. “This is the Maagan Abraham Synagogue,” he begins. “It’s not in Miama, it’s not in Tel Aviv, it’s in Beirut. That’s right, Beirut, Lebanon.” The incredulity continues: “Why did this nation, often teetering on the brink of religious […]

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Spice Bazaar

October 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

It’s been a while since we had a strong new English-language blog from Damascus, years in fact. So step up Spice Bazaar. Named after my favourite souq in the city (Souq Al-Bouzaria), Spice Bazaar is a promising collection of posts on society, culture and politics. From the beautifully simple post about a micro-driver to big […]

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