Articles tagged with: Damascus

Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 14 Jun, 2014

Syria Speaks

When the revolution broke out in Syria, most Western media welcomed it as a genuine revolt of the people against an oppressive dictatorship. More than three years on, that narrative has shifted. Instead of cheering on the opposition, some analysts and policymakers are now debating whether it would be more effective to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a known quantity, instead of the myriad opposition groups. This reassessment and the increasingly violent nature of the conflic...

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Badr Shomali
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on : Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

Shadows of Yarmouk

It is raining mortars in Damascus. Not even neighborhoods in government-controlled areas have escaped the onslaught. But in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, just outside central Damascus, this has been the case for a long time. It began on August 2, 2012, when two fatal blasts hit Jaouna Street, killing at least 20 people. The explosions were reportedly caused by artillery shells fired by the government forces of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Life in the camp, where I had lived a...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Tuesday, 25 Mar, 2014

Life in Limbo

For the past three years, millions of Syrians have been living in hellish conditions, either inside the country’s warzones or as refugees. But there are upwards of 15 million...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Monday, 3 Mar, 2014

Fighting continues in Yabroud and Aleppo

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Syrian opposition said on Sunday that government forces had scaled down their attacks around the town of Yabroud, north of Damascus, but were cont...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Thursday, 27 Feb, 2014

A Forgotten Revolution

It was almost exactly three years ago. The cats of Damascus were as soaked by rain as the streets they tip-toed through. On February 4, 2011, the Shuam, the Damascenes, from...

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Political Editor: The Majalla
on : Thursday, 8 Aug, 2013

Syrian government denies Assad convoy attacked

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Syrian government has denied claims that the convoy of president Bashar Al-Assad was attacked as it traveled through Damascus on Thursday morning. ...

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Sophie Anmuth
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on : Thursday, 8 Aug, 2013

Egypt’s Little Syria

More often than not, in the streets and shops of Cairo’s Sixth of October City, one can hear the Syrian accent. Two streets in the area have even come to be known as the “Syria...

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Philip Churm
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on : Wednesday, 7 Aug, 2013

Knowledge Army

Like most university students beginning to discover their independence, Ibrahim Olabi does not tell his parents everything. When we met last year, he guided me to a short YouTube v...

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Grace Perriman
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on : Saturday, 3 Aug, 2013

The Damascus Express

His voice was soft and jaunty, with that endearing sing-song rhythm of the Damascus dialect. Meyar Al-Roumi, a Syrian director, wore John Lennon spectacles and curly brown hair...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Thursday, 1 Aug, 2013

A Turkish Helping Hand

There's been much focus on religious-motivated violence by Al Qaeda-linked groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and others in Syria, and rightly so. However, other elements deserve considerat...

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