Stories about Syria from April, 2008
Syrian Abu Fares marks his blog’ second anniversary with a post about blogging in his country.
Abd from Syria Winks takes us on a photo tour in the ancient city of Safita, and its crusader tower, Chastel Blanc.
Wouldn't you hate it if someone waited for you to go pray, to steal your… chocolates?! Kinan from Jar of Juice, shares his “bitter” experience with a co-worker.
Damascus prides itself on being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The history of Damascus goes back well into the 8000BC. In every corner of its ancient alleys there's a taste of every historical era there was to be found. The city that had withstood everything from earthquakes to invasions for nearly 10 millennia, is now crumbling under the threat of... "Modernism", writes Yazan Badran, who brings us the reactions of a Syrian blogger.
Syrian opposition activist Kamal Labwani has been handed a 12-year jail sentence for “contacts with Washington,” reports …Or Does it Explode?
“As Israel prepares to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary, and as Palestinians reach sixty years of dispossession, we must honor the memory of those who perished in the savage butchery that was the Deir Yasin massacre of April 9, 1948,” writes Rime Allaf, who commemorates the 60th anniversary of the massacre.
Joshua Landis brings us media reports about a planned meeting between former US president Jimmy Carter and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, in Damascus, during Carter's Middle East tour later this month.
“So I used to step on the colored tiles… and count. Yes! I would count how many of each colored tile did I step on using each leg. The main issue here is that I have to, eventually, step on an equal amount of the colored tiles using both my...
From Syria, Razan Al Ghazzawi links to popular Egyptian blogs and other online tools, discussing the current worker's riots, strike and unrest in the country.
From Algeria, Nouri the Moor sheds more light on the Arab Summit, held recently in Syria, and the coverage it got.
So, another Arab summit comes and goes. This time it was the all awaited Damascus summit. As you can see, this roundup is almost a week late, simply because I couldn't find anyone who's actually writing about the summit - which tells you exactly how little people have come to expect from these annual gatherings.
Badih Dak al-Bab, a Syrian human rights activist, was arrested last month in Damascus after writing articles critical of the government, reports Or Does it Explode…
From Egypt, Sandmonkey comments on Al Arabiya's coverage of the Arab Summit in Syria.
Bahraini blogger Esra'a, at Mideast Youth, interviews a Kurdish student in this podcast which discusses the Kurdish situation and the hypocrisy of mainstream media towards their cause.