Do You Have Any Weapons Asked the Syrian Officer?

Did I have any weapons? Well, now there’s a funny story I thought. The truthful answer was yes I did

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Damascus The Beginning of the End ( PT6)

I knew what I was getting into moving to Syria, I knew the risks, I have no regrets, my bank cutting me off and leaving me without funds was to say the least fucking annoying, it’s hard to imagine being made bankrupt is the least of your problems, I could live with the war, I…

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Damascus The Beginning of the End (pt5)

A Syrian fighter jet screamed overhead, the roar of its engines unable to keep up with its speed, it turns into the sun, the light glinting off the fuselage, I imagine the pilot having to shade his eyes, the jet dives and dispatches its load, a plume of black smoke rises from the Damascus suburbs,…

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Damascus The Beginning of the End (pt4)

In the cold light of morning one thing seemed abundantly clear; I was in the shit. I decided to pack up my things and prepare the house for my leaving, after ten years not such an easy task, I had already started re-arranging things in the hope of renting one of the rooms, several people…

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Damascus the Beginning of the End (pt1)

I walked away from the customs building to the waiting car with my passport stamped and precariously slipped into the back pocket of my jeans, the driver was waiting patiently smoking a cigarette, legs crossed and leaning against the bonnet of the taxi, mafi musklia he asked me tossing his cigarette away and getting in…

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Faith and Fear in Istanbul-Turkey’s Alevi Minority

It was one of those grey Istanbul days that gives the Bosporus a melancholic look and sets you in a thoughtful mood, the Bosporus though was nowhere in sight, I was though in thoughtful mood, mostly thinking about what the hell I was doing standing on the side of a busy highway directly opposite a…

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The Art of Oriental Dance Photography Exhibit Istanbul 14th Oct

My work focusing on the art of Belly Dance  will be exhibited at Galatea Art Gallery on Tuesday Oct 14th and I would love for you all to come-the opening is at 6pm. I would also really appreciate you sharing this invitation with your friends who may be interested-thank you. Also anyone in Istanbul who…

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Belly Dance Istanbul

Following on from the previous post I would just like to draw attention to the wonderfully talented dancer Hale Sultan. An award winning Turkish Belly Dancer that has performed around the world is available to share her exceptional talent with students in Istanbul. For anybody interested in Belly Dance classes, workshops or performances please visit…

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The Art of Raqs Sharqi

The last few years of my life in Damascus and now here in Istanbul have been stained with the pain and tears of the Syrian conflict, not a moment goes by without the sadness touching me, conversations with friends here and those still in Syria, stories of suffering and torment, ever depressing social media news…

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