Damascus - Syria

Damascus (دمشق transliteration: Dimashq, also commonly known as الشام ash-Shām) is the capital of Syria. It is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (see section: Ancient history), before Al Fayyum, and Gaziantep. Its current population is estimated at about 1.67 million. The city is a governorate by itself, and the capital of the governorate of Rif Dimashq (Rural Damascus).

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corradus :

If it were midnight in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) what time would it be in Damascus, Syria and what is the name of the time zone damascus is in?

blum19 :
"If it were midnight in Eastern time zone, it would be 7 am in Damascus. The standard time zone for Damascus is UTC/GMT plus 2 hours; however, since we are in EST having a daylight saving time of one hour, it is UTC/GMT + 3 hours. Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours Daylight saving time: +1 hour Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT +3 hours hope this helps; more at: "
hoka1980z :
"its (+2) GT if its 12 in Grinetsh it will be 2 in Damascus if its Midnight in in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) it will be 7amDamascus, Syria but! today the new daylight saving changes so the Diffrence will be 8 hours so if it is Midnight in in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) it will be 8am in Damascus, Syria"
Mr Miyagi :
"It would be 7am in Damascus, and the time zone is Eastern European Time (EET) or Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), which is what's in use right now."
Matvey :

Which was superior for combat purposes? When were these sword-making methods brought into being? Was Damascus Steel or something similar ever used in the Russian or Byzantine regions? Thank you.

Murray :
"Damascus steel would have reached Russia, but the Byzantines would have no longer have been around. I think the Japanese steel would be the better. The steels were designed for different kinds of swordplay. The Damascus was used thrusting and parring whereas the Japanese was designed for slicing."
Lobo man :

When it comes to durability, strength, sharpness and design, which sword would a swords master choose, a Damascus steel sword or Japanese samurai katana? Are there any other swords that would outclass the above?

Keviana G :
"we dont actually now"
Roadkill :
"The Toledo blade, conquered the old world and the new one."
Geolicious :
"I think it would depend on the type of swordsmanship you followed. I study iaido, which is the art of the samurai, and all I would use is a katana because it is what would work best for that skill."
Nels N :
"The best type of sword ever made is the Samurai sword. Both had layering, but the Katana, Wakizashi, and so on also had zone tempering. Combine this with the incredibly intense Japanese craftsman mentality and you have swords that are quite simply the best."


Comments on Damascus

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Yet leading Israeli political and military officials have welcomed the deal Hamas leaders Khaled Meshaal from Damascus and Mahmoud a-Zahar from Gaza pulled off in their Cairo talks, which ended Saturday Feb. 2.

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Commentary on recent discovery that Damascus Steel was made using carbon nanotubes.

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With John McCain’s all-too-easy road to the nomination paved through Florida and now nearly complete one thing is clear: The Republican Party has been hijacked. Over the past month a new Axis of Evil has emerged -- not one based in Damascus, Tehran

Date: 2008-02-05 01:04:55

Just another day in the Middle East. Syria is sponsoring a terror love-in in Damascus on the same day as it is calling for an Anti-Israeli resolution at the hornets nest of partisanship - UN Security Council. Syria assumed the presidency of the UNSC marking the second time the terrorist-sponsoring nation has held the prestigious post.

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