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Saturday, October 11, 2008 

The colonisation of Bab Touma

I guess it's always been like this to an extent. White European Arabic
language students are told they will did life easier living with the

So they arrive in Damaacus, walk around Bab Touma and read one of the
signs - written in English - advertising a room for rent in an 'Arabic

What happens is they end up living in a house full of other European
students. Some rarely leave Bab Touma.

They eat in it's restaurants, go out in its bars, and shop in its

While there's nothing wrong with them being here - in fact it's a very
good thing. There is something wrong with walking up to a shop, as an
Arab and before i open my mouth, I am greeted with 'hello' in English.

Arab Christians are greeting you in this way, or European students?

My advice: Never greet back in english or you will learn something about syrian hospitality, which means.....
Did you ever notice what those students are telling back home?
I am one of them and I can tell you.....

Lets change then. No strangers in damascus and arab-free europe! Do you vote for it?

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