Ode to Damascus

This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Jan 25, 2020 as "Ode to Damascus".   It may seem like an unlikely holiday destination, but...

The gardens of Damascus: Can Syrians reconnect with nature?

First published in Middle East Eye, 26 May 2019 The capital's green spaces symbolise how many are trying to revitalise the environment amid the blood of war. By Alex Ray in...

Mustafa Ali – Sculptor and Patron of the Arts

From 'Beloved Syria', Second Edition, 2017 In 2009, Bruce Petty – a political satirist, cartoonist and filmmaker - included Damascus on his list of cities to visit for a documentary...
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A Short Film From Syria: “A Spark of Hope”

In September 2019, Rasha Milhem - Syrian journalist, translator, writer and filmmaker - spoke about 'Restart', the short film she wrote at the end of a diploma course. In...

Kan Ya Ma Kan: ‘Maldoum – An Eggplant Dish’

This recipe is from 'Kan Ya Ma Kan: Folktales and Recipes of Syria and Its Ethnic Groups', by Muna Imady.  It's published by 'Beloved Syria'  with the permission of Muna's...

Kan Ya Ma Kan: ‘A Foolish Man’

'A Foolish Man', the story below, is from Kan Ya Ma Kan: Folktales and Recipes of Syria and its Ethnic Groups by the late Muna Imady. It is published...