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Aleppo, of memory…

~~I wrote this article in 2005, and could not get it published although several “major” US newspapers showed interest only to withdraw at the last minute.  I can speculate, but that’s an obscene luxury now that Aleppo has been reduced … Continue reading

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A Syrian writer’s eulogy for Seville…

~~The great Syrian writer Abd el-Salam al-Ujaili wrote “The Lanterns of Seville” in 1950’s as tribute and mourning.  Today, as Syria is cannibalized by external and internal forces, this gem of a story is as alive and resonant as it … Continue reading

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Syria, Syria, nothing but Syria…

~~As the talk of attacking Syria intensifies, I am re-posting Darwish’s poem, “I Rememberal-Sayyab” which Darwish wrote on the eve of the Second Gulf War.  This translation appeared in the June 24 issue of the London Review of Books.~~ ~ … Continue reading

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Aleppo burning, Aleppo remembered

Aleppo burns–the souk where we have wandered many an afternoon; the Sisi House where we have dined on the most delectable food in the hemisphere; the Kala’a in whose bowels we have been awed and made small; but most of … Continue reading

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Aleppo: mourning a magisterial city

~~Nothing ever prepares us for the fury and violence which befall cities, especially cities we have known as visitors and inhabitants; cities we have loved; cities that have given us back ourselves, changed; cities in which we have felt in … Continue reading

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From my Files: Aleppo–sublime city of vernacular beauty

Note:  I wrote this article in 2005 after yet another visit to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.  I tried unsuccessfully at first to place it with an US publication. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, US … Continue reading

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