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Entries from December 2010

Snow in Damascus

December 12th, 2010 · 53 Comments · Culture

An unseasonably early sprinkling of snow for the Syrian capital. Some reactions here and here, and from John Wreford who captured the following scenes in the Old City. But don’t worry, by the end of the week, blue skies and temperatures of 18 degrees are forecast to return.

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Syria as it used to be – part 1

December 10th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Culture

This is an incredible collection of black and white images from Syria over the past 150 years from Camille Alexandre Otrakji. The second part will be posted next Friday, and you can see the full set here There’s a water fountain from 1910, Aleppo’s Umayed Mosque in 1916, a portrait of the first American ambassador […]

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Wikileaks and the Arab World

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Politics

Which leader in the Arab World has come out worst from the US embassy cables published so far? Netenyahu has been insulated by the fact that Wikileaks hasn’t got any of the cables from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Bashar Al-Assad hasn’t come off badly, apart from speculation that the Iran-Syria relationship was more nuanced […]

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Human Rights Watch or Amnesty?

December 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Politics

I know this is a very crude comparison, but… While HRW is complaining about the racist treatment of Israelis by Arabs (yes, really), Amnesty is calling for the world to wake up to the way Israel has conned the world over the siege of Gaza: Instead of allowing the “easing” rhetoric to any longer frame the […]

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Flight of the chords

December 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

Putting Syria’s promising young musicians on the world stage, for J Magazine. Click on the images below to read.

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Le Garage, Damascus

December 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Culture

Sarah Birke visits one of Shaalan’s latest hangouts, for J Magazine. Click on the image to read.

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New blog – Why So Syria

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

Kezia Frayjo, a Mexican-American living in Damascus has just launched her beautifully designed blog, Why So Syria. Chronicling the peculiarities of life in Syria from a newcomer’s eyes is always fascinating. Kezia muses on nargileh delivery services, Syrian hospitals and that beautiful almost-fallen-over building just off Medhat Pasha.

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Mawqef Micro

December 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

A new Syrian animated comedy called Mawqef Micro, from J Magazine. Click on the image below for a close-up. You can watch Mawqef Micro here.

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A weekend in Damascus

December 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Travel

Check out John Wreford’s latest photography series on Damascus in the New York Times.

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