The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

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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See the full set of Damascus pics.