Monthly Archives: March 2011

What the eye doctor sees

Yesterday was a hastily arranged national holiday. It allowed the people to take part in the planned demonstrations of support for the Government. According to Syria TV (which, according to one of my students ‘is reporting from paradise’) there were … Continue reading

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Parties and protests

There should really have been a post in between my last two. I’ve moved (entirely in Arabic, I’m hoping that I don’t have any nasty surprises about the electricity bill) to a little flat just outside the by no means … Continue reading

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More wobbles.

I’m writing this wired on excitement with intermittent chants of ‘God, Syria, Bashar, and only,’ and car horns as a soundtrack. I’m in my second internet cafe after the first one stopped working as I attempted to look at the … Continue reading

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And if some of those bottles should wobble…

I went to the Umayyad mosque at midday prayers yesterday, and saw rather less than I’ve heard about. There was an atmosphere of tension outside it, lots of people waiting. A young girl approached me, she’d disguised herself as a … Continue reading

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19 Green Bottles, Sitting on a Wall.

I was sat with some friends, 1 westerner and 3 Syrians, at about 10 last night when one of the Syrians got a phone call. There were protesters outside the Umayyad mosque, about a 1000 them. The police had apparently … Continue reading

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There has never been a better time to study media Arabic.

Syria has evacuated all its citizens from Libya aboard two hired warships. A friend knows someone who’s been working in Benghazi for the past few months. He says that Al Jazeera has been massively exaggerating the scale of the protests. … Continue reading

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Sex and Sensible Behaviour

Having C here was great. Running around with such a fine specimen of masculinity, however, did make it more obvious that I was a second class citizen. Some men wouldn’t talk to a mere woman like me when there was … Continue reading

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