The forgotten palaces of Damascus

Walking through the curved and cobbled alleys of Souq Saruja,…

Sixty years after nationalizing the Suez Canal

On this day exactly sixty years ago, Gamal Abdul Nasser nationalized…

A century after Sykes-Picot, it’s Sykes-Picot: The Arab version

Exactly 100 years ago, the Asia Minor agreement — better known…

Hammams of Old Damascus: Back from the Dead

The fabled Turkish baths of Damascus, or hammams, have been…

Hitler, Benjamin, and Hajj Amin

It’s always rather fun when world leaders make historical…

A two-way street: Emigration from Damascus

Twenty-seven US governors have recently closed their state’s…

Damascene Sufism, the antidote to ISIS

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in…

Last Jewish family leaves Aleppo

The last Jewish family has left Aleppo, according to sources…

Syria’s treasures are being smashed – but we will rise again

Things are bad when a 1941 letter from Charles de Gaulle…

Syrian Armenians: Good citizens and fine patriots

When Hrant Manolian, a respected officer, was appointed Commander…