Stories about Syria from November, 2009
Syrian blogger Rami wrote [ar] a post comparing internet speeds and costs in Syria with those in Romania. He was frustrated with having to struggle to obtain a 256Kbps connection in Syria in contrast with 100Mbps in Romania for roughly the same cost.
Man of Paper reports [ar] on his blog that Shabablek, a Syrian magazine, has suspended all work indefinitely in protest of the pervasive censorship from the side of the Syrian Ministry of Information.
Syrian bloggers frequently decry travel writing about their country - often it's too stereotypical, sometimes downright false. And for a country considered long "isolated" at least from the United States, it can be particularly frustrating to see such writing promoted as accurate. In this post, we will examine reactions to a recent National Geographic article on the country.
Syrian blogger Marcell provided links [Ar], in her blog, to a number of studies and books that discuss blogging in Syria and the Arab countries in general.
A Syrian Foodie in London gives us a Halloween special with a Syrian twist to it, Tahini Pumpkin.
Ehsani, an economist and contributor to Joshua Landis‘ Syria Comment, elaborates on the divisions between Syria's top economy decision makers. The Commission for State Planning published a rare report criticizing Abdulla Dardari's, Deputy PM for Economic Affairs, liberal economic policies.
An English literature professor from the little Mediterranean city of Tartous and a Syrian-Canadian writer on a trip to her mother country exchange glances at a cafe called Sea Breeze. That's how Mariyah and Abu Fares chose to start their adventure, and their readers' new addiction. Yazan Badran has the story.