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By Brian Stoddart

As Syria confronts an doubtful destiny, a home in Damascus seeks to stability the Western view with the lives and perspectives of the typical humans residing within the world’s oldest carrying on with capital urban

Drawn from the author's reviews happening instantly ahead of the 2011-2012 social and political upheaval, each one tale strains the outdated urban of Damascus and its people's current throughout the previous, shooting the common human point frequently lacking from the strategic and political debts.

Brian Stoddart is an Emeritus Professor of l. a. Trobe college in Melbourne. informed as a social historian, he now works as a world better schooling reform advisor in nations equivalent to Lao PDR, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria.

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The symbolism of anti-Bashar al-Assad demonstrations staged near the Mosque a few months later had powerful resonance. A Manager From Melbourne ~ He awaited the first morning after I checked into his excellent hotel in Bab Touma. Two years in the making, an old Damascene house was now a boutique hotel visible from the square and accessible up Al Hammam Bakri. His English was excellent and he was a short, neat, trim bundle of energy. "You are from Australia? Where abouts? Melbourne. 'I worked in Fitzroy for six years, in restaurants.

Bartlett prints, obviously, and there is not a camel in sight. Yet all the guidebooks still refer to Damascus essentially as a magical place. To reach that magic now, you must cross flat, dry, whitish plains with little greenery or sign of life apart from people on building sites. This is not the view marvelled at by all the old time travellers, the one from the passes coming through from Beirut. Plastic bags bowl across the landscape, driven by the strong, hot winds of the dry season. The freeway eventually reaches the outskirts of the city and Mount Qassioun rears up in the background, suburbs now half way up its slopes.

As always I owe the greatest thanks to my family who forever put up with me going off to do exotic things, and who have to rely on a usually unreliable Skype connection, text or email to keep up with what I am doing. Sandi was able to spend time with me in the House in Damascus, and came very quickly to love the place and the city as much as I did and still do. For the most part, though, she held everything together back home while I lived this latest dream. I can never thank her enough for allowing me all my adventures while she sacrifices many of her own interests.

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