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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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Quran burning – the aftermath

September 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Culture

Get ready. A new nightmare is about to begin. As if the cartoon protests weren’t enough, a new wave of violence is just over the other side of the horizon. Just like last time, a group of reactionaries in the west are dressing up their hatred in the language of free speech. Last time, the […]

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Syria: Eid starts on Friday

September 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

The top religious judge in Damascus, Adel Bunduk, has declared that Eid will start on Friday in Syria. That is in line with Saudi Arabia and most of the Arab World. That means for the first time in years, the majority of the region started and ended Ramadan at the same time. The decision on […]

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Kan ya ma kan… Storytelling in Jahez Park

September 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

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Media, business and music in Syria

August 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Business, Culture, Media

Lina Sinjab meets Madina FM’s delightful breakfast presenter Honey Al-Sayed and looks at how Syria’s media environment is opening up. Then she talks to Forward magazine’s Abdulsalam Haykal to discuss economic liberalisation, visiting Amjad Maliki’s new venture, The Khan, just off Medhat Pasha and City Centre mall. And in the Guardian, Stephen Starr and John Wreford […]

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Syrian girl becomes Germany’s top model

June 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Culture

Just a month after a Lebanese girl won the Miss USA competition, a Damascus-born woman has won Germany’s Top Model 2010 contest. 20-year-old Alisar Ailabouni was born in Syria, and moved to Austria with her family. Forward Magazine reports that she beat 23,000 rivals to win the contest, and has already appeared on the cover […]

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Sunday reading

May 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Culture, Politics

A couple of recent articles you may have missed on Syria and Lebanon. In ‘Russia shows US how to deal with Syria‘, James Denselow looks at some interesting details of the Russian-Syrian relationship over the past fifty years. It’s a relationship that’s rarely been written about since the fall of the Soviet Union. Deen Sharp […]

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Mideastwire launches The Damascus Exchange

May 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Culture

News translation service Mideastwire is starting its first Damascus Exchange allowing students from the west to gain first hand experience inside Syria. Along with 20 hours of language tuition, the $2000 program provides meetings with political, religious and social figures. It runs from 1-15 August, with applications accepted until 20 June. Mideastwire has been running […]

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Flying the flag for Syria

May 6th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Culture

Syria has finally got its own national flag, on Shukri Al-Quwatli Street, between the Dedeman Hotel (the former Meridien) and Jisr Al-Rais. The problem is that you can’t really see it from anywhere except Jisr, and Sahat Al-Nejmeh. Unlike many flags flying around town, this one is pristine, and flutters elegantly in the wind. Here’s […]

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