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In Damascus, Young Syrians Try to Revive Their Lives

By a military checkpoint in Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians sit on a garden wall smoking, drinking beer or soft drinks, and talking about anything but the war. It is a week night, but the Damascenes are keen to head out to a strip of new bars that have opened in the last few months — some to socialize and others to work in the venues. The revival of activity in this...

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