A story one might tell about Syria is how it is a country in transition, and that the transition is heading in a Westerly direction. Look, women are wearing make up; people are buying Benetton clothes; men are drinking whisky; Internet cafes are everywhere; the rigid Sunni majority is just clinging to the past, and etc and etc.
However, I’m not sure this is how many Syrians see their country. Take a look at this bitterly nostalgic post from Abufares about the end of traditional values in his home town of Tartous; about the replacement of these old Mediterranean customs with a garish, crude “neo-Islamism”.
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