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Damascus comes back to life—but only for the rich

Just earlier this year rockets were landing in parts of Damsacus…
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Christmas lights re-appear after dark years for Syria’s Christians

On 1 January 2010, al-Qaeda famously bombed the Saints Church…
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Ottoman ghosts still Damascus

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could hardly hold back his…
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In parched Damascus, selling water becomes mafia-run business

Plain clothed agents of Syria’s mukhabarat, or intelligence…
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Damascus goes dry as Syria’s grim water wars intensify

Days before Christmas, Damascus went dry due to an aerial attack…
A brocade loom on display at the Azm Palace in Old Damascus.
PHOTO CREDIT: MAHMOUD NOUWEILATI

Centuries-old Damascene industries on life support

The current war in Syria has reduced entire cities to rubble…
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The homeless of Damascus

Abu Moyhi Al Deen is a former grocer in Al Hajar Al Aswad, a…
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Hammams of Old Damascus: Back from the Dead

The fabled Turkish baths of Damascus, or hammams, have been…
Washed up body of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee child who drowned during a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos, at the shore in the coastal town of Bodrum in Turkey on 2 September 2015.

A two-way street: Emigration from Damascus

Twenty-seven US governors have recently closed their state’s…
The Grand Umayyad Mosque of Damascus.

Damascene Sufism, the antidote to ISIS

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