A Palestinian friend of mine who lives in Lebanon visited Syria for the first time this summer. He told me he was amazed that the Palestinian "mukhayams" had now grown into Damascus and were part of the city, rather than the ghettoes of Lebanon. In other news, I hear life is harder in Syria as we handle more and more Iraqi refugees, something which is straining the Syrian economy. Regardless of all our warts and venereal diseased political establishments, I'm so proud to be Syrian, so proud that we are a refuge to the downtrodden. As Abu Fares once said on his blog, there are still golden fields of wheat we can see there in spite of the weeds.