Category Archives: Syria

Going, soon gone? — Palmyra, Syria

The Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph …. … soon there might not be much left.. The incised script below is 2,000 years old. Advertisements

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Taxidermy in Damascus

. What it is that makes people want to stuff animals, birds, fish — I have no idea. The only place I like that sort of thing is in hopelessly backwards natural history museums that have dioramas of the ‘woodlands … Continue reading

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Syria : why we must do nothing.

. The twin of this mosque, in Aleppo, was destroyed this week. That’s a great loss to the human patrimony, but there is no good end-game for this tragedy. The Assad government is corrupt, nepotistic, and brutal, but if and … Continue reading

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The Lights Go Out in Damascus

We read this morning that the electricity has been cut massively to the capital of Syria for the first time, and that the Russians are ferrying their advisers to Beirut for repatriation. Both actually and metaphorically, the lights have gone … Continue reading

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Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

The news and photos coming from Syria might make you think the country is a heap of ruins and refugees. This photo of the transcendent Umayyad Mosque on a cold, rainy January day in 2009 tells us something different, something … Continue reading

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