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Saving Syria’s Children

November 25th, 2013 · 11 Comments · Culture, Politics

Londoners: this is happening on Wednesday night, an Intelligence Squared debate with Save the children: How should the world protect Syria’s children? The panel includes: Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian Prime Minister; Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children; Dr Rola Hallam, the British-Syrian doctor and war-zone medic who was recently involved in BBC’s Panorama documentary, […]

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Damascus with Love

October 20th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Culture

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. With Syrians killing Syrians it felt inappropriate to offer my purile analysis. I started this blog to cover Syrian news at a time when most westerners couldn’t even find the country on a map. Now everyone and his dog (especially his dog) is a Syria expert.  I’ve spent […]

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Lebanese president denies involvement in the defamation case

July 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman has tweeted that he was not to blame for the arrest of musician Zeid Hamdan. Hamdan is accused of defaming the president. “The Zeid Hamdan incident was a procedure by the concerned authorities. The Pres. had no involvement nor any prior knowledge of the arrest.” “The Pres. was approached about the […]

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Musician Zeid Hamdan arrested

July 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Culture

UPDATE: Zeid Hamdan has now been released, but he is still facing charges of defamation. The original story follows… — Zeid Hamdan has been arrested in Lebanon, accused of defaming the president because of this song: Zeid is one of his country’s most important musical figures, a father figure for the underground movement. Just three […]

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Singing for Syria in London

July 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

It was explicitly apolitical. Sing for Syria was a charity event that gathered people from across the spectrum to raise money for Syrian refugees stranded in Turkey. Hundreds of people turned up at the west London venue to donate, listen to music and take part in an auction. £2000 was raised in the space of […]

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#iheartsyria

March 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture

It started as a reaction against the slap-downs I seem to get whenever I tweet something positive about Syria (which, let’s face it, is pretty much every tweet). So, I did this: The last time I tried starting a hashtag, I was the only person to use it! But this one resonates. Syrians love Syria […]

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Love Day in Syria

February 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Culture

What a load of nonsense. One of the many shops selling overpriced red plastic rubbish (Qaimariyah, Old City, Damascus).

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Happy Christmas (plus Lena Chamamyan news)

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

Happy Christmas to everyone who is celebrating. And even if you’re not, there’s another reason to smile: Lena Chamamyan is performing in Damascus on Christmas Day. Go to Bab Touma Square at 7pm for the free concert. If you’re not in Damascus, you can watch it live on the Syrian Satellite Channel: Midday in New […]

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Syria as it used to be – part 3

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

The final part of this amazing collection of images from Syria over the past 150 years from Camille Alexandre Otrakji. You can see part 1 here and part 2 here. This week: the Victoria Bridge over the Barada River in Damascus in the 1870s. This bridge no longer exists, and this section of river is […]

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Foreign demand for Syrian handicrafts increases

December 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

Interesting story from Sarah Birke here. She argues that a boom in demand for Syrian woodwork and traditional crafts is compensating for a decline in local customers. Demand, according to Moazen and his fellow artisans, comes predominantly from the Gulf, Cyprus, Australia and Germany. A whole room, costing $500 to $20,000, depending on the quality […]

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