Skeptic in Damascus

Check out Elijah's post from Damascus. I love Damascus, having lived there in the mid-1990s, and he gets a lot of the things about it right. Even if Syria is largely depressing, it's a fantastic country and people. And even better than Damascus is Aleppo. Both cities have a "den of spies" 1950s feel to them, which may or may not be because up to a quarter of the population informs the mukhabarat...

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,