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 dwelling within the world’s oldest carrying on with capital urban
Drawn from the author's stories happening instantly sooner than the 2011-2012 social and political upheaval, each one tale lines the outdated urban of Damascus and its people's current throughout the previous, shooting the common human point frequently lacking from the strategic and political debts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian Stoddart is an Emeritus Professor of los angeles Trobe college in Melbourne. informed as a social historian, he now works as a global larger schooling reform advisor in nations equivalent to Lao PDR, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria.
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Melbourne. 'I worked in Fitzroy for six years, in restaurants. " People like him had been coming from Syria to Australia for a very long time. " That was slightly misleading, because for a long time all Lebanese migrants (who began coming to Australia in the 1850s) were identified as Syrians. With the onset of the 1901 White Australia policy the Syrian/Lebanese inflow slowed, but by 1921 there were still over 400 identified Syrians in Victoria, and the figure stuck around that level until the 1960s.
2 Granted, a first time visitor to Damascus or elsewhere in the region could find it affronting when young boys run about neighbourhoods armed with replica pistols and AK-47s, reflecting in some ways the media images that led to all the disillusions in the first place. Granted, Syria plays an obvious and aggressive role against Israel within the Arab coalition. Granted, Syria's opposition to the allied invasion of Iraq and subsequent siding with Ahmajinedad's Shia-dominated Iran did not help improve its reputation.
Granted, Syria plays an obvious and aggressive role against Israel within the Arab coalition. Granted, Syria's opposition to the allied invasion of Iraq and subsequent siding with Ahmajinedad's Shia-dominated Iran did not help improve its reputation. Despite all that, anyone with a sense of history should welcome an opportunity to spend time in and learn about Damascus and Syria, especially if living there and working with a major government department as well as the university sector, trying to build future capacity.