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Send your photos of Syria this way…

December 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Culture

Thanks to Umniyya‘s great idea, it would be great if you could send your most iconic photos of Syria to mail at newsfromsyria.com, and we’ll start posting them here. Who knows, if it gets big enough, we could even create a dedicated website. Umniyya’s going to get the ball rolling, by scanning some family images […]

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Syria as it used to be – part 2

December 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Culture

The second part of this collection of images from Syria over the past 150 years from Camille Alexandre Otrakji. You can see part 1 here. The final part will be posted next Friday. This week: a band of musicians in Aleppo in 1915, the Aleppo Citadel in 1910, the Nestle building in Aleppo in 1920, a […]

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Disabled workers get more rights in Syria

December 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Culture

Private sector companies are now legally required to employ a proportion of disabled staff. Phil Sands has the story. Under the legislation, passed in April, all companies must take at least two per cent of their employees from among those registered as disabled, or face fines equivalent to the salaries they would be paying those […]

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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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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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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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