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    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
    • From the Ashes Spring New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties
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    While slamming President Bashar Assad as "a dictator," media have ignored the fact that Syria with him at the helm had been a prosperous secular Mediterranean state before war erupted in 2011.

    Above: A bartender pours a drink at an 80’s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016.

    The ghastly civil war is raging just a mile away, projectiles are being heaved back and forth, and bullets are flying overhead ripping the air apart. But the youth of Damascus have adapted to the piercing sound of explosions as well as to the metastases of fierce battles and suicide bombings across Syria. Under the government of President Bashar Assad, branded "dictator" by Western media, they are enjoying the sweets of secular life, uncommon in the Middle East.

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