Berlin’s Little Syria

By opening restaurants in the new countries where they have settled, Syrian refugees have recreated familiar spaces for eating and socializing.  The popularity of Syrian restaurants outside of Syria might in some ways ease the pain of exile especially as they offer comfort food served the way it was back in Syria. I was recently […]

Bab Al-Harah

While the civil war rages in Syria, the Old City of Damascus with its enticing courtyard houses and familiar Damascene characters remain popular in the Arab world. The Syrian TV series Bab Al-Harah (Neighborhood Gate) was one such Ramadan offering this year, but was less innovative or daring than The President’s Shadow, which I discussed […]