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36 Hours in Damascus

December 16th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Travel

A while ago I posted a link to the New York Times photostory on a weekend Damascus, it seems there was more than I found first time round. Unlike most travel stories about Syria, Seth Sherwood has clearly got under the skin of Damascus, and provides some useful nuggets even for those of us who […]

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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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Number of Jordanians visiting Syria triples

August 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Travel

It has taken years for our bickering Arab rulers to realise it, but uniting our region benefits us all. Europe is the model for every economic union in the world. The EU is the most deeply integrated region on earth, with a highly developed political, social and economic system. The Gulf has done pretty well, […]

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Syria stops issuing visas to Americans at the border

June 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Travel

Syria has stopped issuing visas to US citizens at its border crossings. Official policy has always been easy to understand: if there is a Syrian embassy in your home country, then you can not get a visa at the border. Yet many took a risk and set out on the Beirut-Damascus journey without a visa. […]

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Another Israeli advert banned in Britain

April 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Travel

Another Israeli land-grab advert has been banned by authorities in the UK. The poster claims East Jerusalem is part of Israel – something which the UN, the UK and even the US rejects. East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority said that “The status of the occupied territory […]

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Syria travel articles: the good and the bad

March 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Travel

It’s the weekend, so it must be time for the travel features to be wheeled out. And as usual, when one Syria piece comes out, the rest follow. This time Britain’s Daily Mail and the New Zealand Herald are the hosts. Surprisingly, the DM does the better job. I say surprisingly because it’s one of […]

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Syria makes it into the New York Times top 10 destinations

January 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Travel

It’s official: Syria is one of the travel hotspots for 2010. The New York Times puts Damascus at number 7. The paragraph sells the Syrian capital on the basis of its boutique hotels (really, is that the best you can come up with?), and was written by former Global Post Beirut correspondent Don Duncan (I’m […]

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Syria’s retaliation against America

January 13th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Travel

Following the failed bomb attack on a US-bound plane, America has imposed tough new security measures. Tough new security measures to add to the tough new security measures imposed after 9/11. Except that these tough new security measures only apply to some individuals. People who carry passports issued in: Syria, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, […]

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Two dead in head-on minibus crash

September 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Incidents, Travel

Two minibuses have crashed head-on near Aleppo, killing two people and injuring nine. The collision happened on Saturday night on the road between Aleppo and Afrin. One of the buses was heading towards Aleppo, the other one was travelling in the opposite direction. A police officer says the buses were speeding. Nine people are still […]

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The Damascus tourist takeover – part 2

September 8th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Travel

Damascus really is the new black. The hotels are filling up, flights are packed. But there is one massive downside: bad travel writing. Journalists and travel writers (there is a big difference) are flocking to ‘discover’ Syria. And nearly every single one of them feels the need to use tired and worn cliches referring to […]

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