Obama and the Noble Prize




U.S. President Barak Obama was awarded the 2009 Noble Peace Prize by the Swedish Academy. Many people in the world were bewildered for or say surprised over awarding this prize for President Obama, including the President himself.

Perhaps the reason behind the bewilderment was that, until then, President Obama did not actually make a tangible achievement, with regard to world peace.

No doubt, this was not the first time, when an American President is awarded with a Noble prize.  Before Obama, Noble Prize was given to the former US President Jimmy Carter, in recognition of his role in signing of the so-called Egyptian- Israeli peace treaty, between Egypt and the Zionist entity.

However, an interpretation for granting the Noble prize to President Obama, can be put only in two frames: the first was the political discourse, adopted by President Obama since he took over the leadership of the strongest country in the world.  A discourse which had almost been distanced from the policy adopted  by the USA since  the aftermath of World War II ,  based on the use of force or  the threat of  using force in political dealing with  World countries.  An attitude which had been already consolidated, when the USA launched six largest major wars, since that date, resulted in huge victims, whose numbers exceeded number of victims of the First World War. The Six wars were: The Korean war in 1950 through 1953; the war of Vietnam which lasted from 1964 to 1975; the First Gulf War in 1991; up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Prior to the last war was the US invasion of Afghanistan, not to mention the wars   that were ignited or fueled by the USA, including   the Iran-Iraq War, and more than 30 wars in Latin America or Africa.

 This, ultimately, means that the USA is classified as a world champion in launching wars. If there were a Noble prize for launching wars, it would be won by the USA.  The second frame, which is more likely, in my view, is a bid as to  push the U.S. president to adopt a more practical international peace statement and to make a shift from the statement of intentions to  a practical conduct .

Besides,  the U.S. president is also required , in his capacity  as  President , and the key role played by the USA at the international level ,to  disclose a new concept into the  American political culture ,  based on a  new American approach, different  from  the common American policy. This very new concept is based on the language of dialogue instead of the language of force, on serving mutual interests with other partners instead of the supreme interests of the United States of America, and voicing respect for international legitimacy instead of using the American veto.

President Obama is able to invest in this Nobel Prize by making out of it an American message of peace and forgiveness to the world  a message that would make lot of peoples, especially those who suffered from the American wars, to enjoy security and safety, following years of repression, murders and pains.

Dr. Khalaf al-Moftah




American Book: A New Approach to the Definition of Terrorism




For a long time, the cultural and media scene in the USA remained closed to any writing dealing with the Zionist entity as a  structure and behavior,  by virtue of the media , political and economic influence  of the World Zionist Movement and its  practiced falsification of Western  consciousness on the reality  of what happened and is happening in the region.

There are few academic writings that dealt with that Zionist entity.  An important precedent in this area indicates a significant shift in this direction,  was a book published recently by  Columbia University, one of the most famous  American universities , authored  by  two Israeli writers: Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, entitled "Jewish Terrorism in Israel".

 Forwarding the book, the prestigious university  indicated that  the book more than a  best seller, as it took  a ten-year academic effort   of specialists in terrorism and national security issues.

According to critics, the importance of the book does not only  stem from its  ever " untold" theme, nor of the fact that the authors are Israeli Jews, but because the two authors  were able after several years of research and investigation to have access to thousands of important  and secret documents of the Israeli  governments pertinent to Zionist terrorism since even before the creation  of the Zionist entity,  and how this helped in creating the conditions  to implant  this entity  in occupied Palestine.

The book includes dozens of interviews with former terrorists who were  known to Zionist and American  intelligence services , with persons  who cooperated with them  in the West,  as well as with politicians and security officials involved.

The two authors also held more than six opinion polls came across  over 4800 people representing  different scientific and academic levels and segments who embraced and backed the terrorists throughout several decades.  The two authors expressed a point of view about the relationship between terrorism and religion, considering  that terrorism is not confined to religion or ideology, rather a phenomenon  which is growing, wherever generating environments,  incubating it , are available.   They depict parallelism and similarity in the movement between the terrorist groups  in all religions.

The new philosophy that the two authors added was  that the doctrine itself is not generating violence, but the  militancy within any culture , which considers itself  the target or exposed  to envision a defensive front  against an external threat contributes to generate violence. The two authors introduced a new approach to the definition of terrorism centered on  some points: The use of violence;  a stimulation by   political motive;  the intention to spread fear and terror among victims, the victims  are to be civilians .

Perhaps, the most notable in the book is giving numbers and dates about the Zionist terrorism in Palestine and abroad. The  book included 3 databases covering  309 terrorist  Jewish attacks  in Palestine since 1932 until 2008, i.e. before barbaric aggression against  and about 224 of different  figures of  various ranks  involved in these attacks,  with a detailed explanation of the mechanism of action of the Zionist  terrorist networks,  their interdependence and inter- coordination .

The two authors went deeply into the history, shedding   light on the far-in time  record  of terrorist operations carried out by  the Jews. They started from the Jewish  Hasmonean family , whose members launched attacks against the Roman rulers in Palestine and poisoned the rivers and wells – which was by the way the first terrorist acts recorded in history –This early terrorist act shows  us the similarity between yesterday and today and how terrorism and extremism nested  within the structure and ideology  of this  entity.  A fact revealed on the lips and  pens  of  the entity 's two  countrymen, namely the two Jewish authors.

Worthy mentioning that all Jewish organizations in USA  ignored the book , with a clear objective not to highlight it  or create the motivation among readers to buy it. A matter, which will eventually influence  the  attitude of the American  cultural and academic circles  and  the American public opinion, altogether. 

From here emerges  the  important role to be played by Arab media , the  Arab communities in America and  sides concerned in the Arab League and embassies, so that efforts should be  materialized for a   remarkable  presence  and outstanding writings    of prominent  Arab writers and analysts  to be published in open  American and  World  media.  Such a presence can be maintained by explaining the content of the said book to the American Public opinion  and in making  it available at various levels of media means  as well as on the internet , where   the Americans constitute a large segment of its users.

  However, carrying out  such an activity, is  not only a moral, national and  humanitarian duty, but  also an opportunity to unmask  the history of Zionism in an environment,  which for  long period of  times remained outside our academic and  media  activities outreach , when Zionist media  proceeded in fabricating lies ,  deceiving  and distorting  the truth , portraying  Arabs, especially the Palestinians  as criminals and the Zionists as a victim!


Dr. Khalaf Al-Moftah




Sanctions on Syria Hurt Ordinary People




Franklin Lamb, a US author, lawyer and Professor of International Law, has recently visited Damascus to do a research on the impacts of the Western sanctions imposed on Syria. 

He questioned the legality of these sanctions and showed how terrible their effects were on Syrian families.

Discussing the sanctions issue with some officials, traders and even students, Lamb found out that the sanctions imposed on Syria are “illegal under international customary law and should be outlawed by an international convention because they are political, rather obviously designed to achieve regime changes.”

He came up with a result that sanctions are also “fundamentally indiscriminate targeting and endangering innocent civilian population particularly the poor.”

Lamb criticized as nonsense the claims made in Washington and Europe that the increasing layers of sanctions target only the “regime’s leader” and its policies. He stressing that those seriously affected are actually the ordinary people not the government officials, reminding in this connection of the case in Iraq “where US organized sanctions have been found to be a main cause of nearly 500,000 deaths of children.”

According to Lamb, the sanctions, designed for application to Syria, also violate the UN Charter which commands that all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

Explaining what the situation is under the unjust sanctions, Lamb quoted one of his interviewees, who seemed very upset by the tremendous effect of the sanctions, particularly on prices, as saying: “prices have risen at least 40 percent on average, especially consumer goods and basic food, like meat, milk, bread, vegetables, fruits etc. Eggs and chicken have doubled in price and are unavailable in some small shops. Lines are getting longer at some gas stations in some parts of Damascus. The sanctions have also forced many people to close their factories in Damascus and Aleppo, because of lack of raw materials, and the spiral increase in their prices. Besides, some of the Syrian youth are considering travelling because of the lack of job opportunities and frustration. Some of the idle young are joining gangs and being recruited by “jihadists” groups offering cash and weapons along with indoctrination.”

The interviewee pointed out that this crisis has also “forced employers to discharge people to cut down expenses and warmongers have benefitted from the crisis.

Lamb’s research sums up the issue by stressing that the Western-imposed sanctions have hurt the ordinary Syrian people more than the government by far.


Hamda Moustafa




Suffering is the First Step towards Victory




"Please, Mom I beg you,   do not look form the window, they will shoot you, please do not die, I love you, that is what my little boy said that day".

She suddenly stopped talking, as if she were  trying to control her emotions and arrange the   words that she wanted  to say. She went on: "on that day, where I was sharing my children their  breakfast, we heard a strong sound it was so strong that it shook the house walls. That sound was followed by heavy shooting". Samia, a 41year told me when I asked her about the current situation in her district.  

"The children trembled a lot and started crying.  I quickly took the children to a safe room where there are no windows  overlooking the street. Then I phoned my husband who was at work and told him about what happened asking him to stay where he is until I ask him stressing that everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about.

I stopped for a moment thinking what will happen and what I have to do, especially that I was alone with the children;  so I have to calm them  and to act quickly and wisely;  so that I can protect myself and the kids at  the same time", she continued with a sweet smile on her lips..

 "The fighting has intensified, especially when  elements of the People's Committees repelled the sources of fire in an attempt to put out the barbaric attack and defend innocent people in the neighborhood.

I asked my  elder daughter to put our clothes and necessary needs in a big bag, while I was  busy colleting  the papers, important documents and valuables and put them in a special bag to take it with us if we have to leave the house," she added.

"The silence prevailed for a moment during which we thought that everything was over, but unfortunately, a strong explosion happened in our street that shook our house and neighboring houses .we knew later that the armed elements of the terrorist group have targeted the distribution  transformer in our neighborhood.

After the attack was repulsed silence prevailed again. Most residents packed their belongings up and left, but I was still waiting for the arrival of my husband to the house to see what we will do.

When my husband returned we decided to stay in our house especially that  the existence of the valiant members of the People's Committees, who proved great ability to thwart any attempt of another terrorist attack, was to make us feel safe, but the strong fear of the kids besides the continued  gunfire that we heard  lefty  no other choice for us but to leave," Samia said.

"We went to the home of relatives of us in one of the suburbs of Damascus. They have welcomed us so much. They were very kind  and that makes  us feel like we're really in our house.

At night my little son whispered to me: Please, Mom I want to go home, I miss my bed and my pillow . I told him that we will return  back when it would be possible. He kissed me hiding  his tears.

I smiled in an attempt to relieve pain , fears and sorrows of all the people around me, encourage them and make them optimistic, but I was very sad resisting  a strong desire to cry. I am convinced that tomorrow will be the most beautiful and that what we are experiencing today is nothing but a difficult  test of our will and our steadfastness in the face of this world conspiracy against Syria. This made me feel that  I'm as strong as I did not feel before. I knew very well how to smile amid tears and how to tell all "good night" and do not sleep", she stressed proudly.

"After three days, I phoned my neighbor  and asked her about the situation in the district. She answered that most people had left their homes, there is no water, no electricity and there are no shops for selling vegetables or even bread ..

We decided to go and inspect the house; so we left the kids at our relatives . On the way my little daughter phoned me  and asked me to bring her Hla, she meant her doll of course. The neighborhood was lifeless . When I entered the house I could not control myself I burst into tears I've missed every corner of it. I watered plants and took with me all the things for which I came and did not forget Hala of course".

"When we came back , the children met us very happy as if they did not see us for a very long time, they  did not believe that they  will see us again; they believe that the terrorists were going to kill us ,  my elder daughter told me later.

In the evening, my little daughter, hugging her doll, slept happy for the first time since we left home.

In the morning she came to me and said do you know that Hala told me she wanted to go home? when shall we go back, Mom? I smiled trying to hide my tears and I told her tell Hala we will return home soon," she said bitterly ......

"Being displaced, Samia continued, makes human experiences  overlapping and contradictory feelings that make him live in a state of instability, anxiety, discomfort, grief and despair but, thanks God, We have a great balance of patience and hope that makes us sure that  the coming days will carry the best so we decided to return to our beloved Kingdom to our house despite all the risks and difficulties that can confront us".

"We have certainty that when we leave our homes we give the opportunity for terrorists  to achieve victory because he who leaves his home leaves his homeland and this will never be done. We will stay and challenge their terror because we are the strongest and we are the right and the right always triumphs." she concluded.

Amal Farhat





The Priest who Broke his Oath

All of a sudden, the Italian Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who has been living in Syria  for more than three decades took a surprising step  in severely criticizing  the Syrian government and holding it responsible for the bloodshed  taking part in the country.

Under the direct care and prompt support of the Syrian government for rev. Dall ' Oglio, Mar Musa has become a centre of interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims and a destination for others who arrive and stay awhile, provided they are prepared to take part in cooking and cleaning

Most  of the Syrians  including  a Christian majority who used to follow up the events he had run under slogans of  dialogue of religions, were shocked finding him  just a mere  hypocrite  when he alienated himself from the " sublime divinely message" which  he claimed and instead started to infuse hatred and provoke sectarianism among the Syrians.  He flagrantly interfered in the internal affairs of the country saying : " The international community cannot turn its back on the Syrian people, who are being tortured, jailed and killed for the simple act of demanding freedom of expression." 

In May 2012,  and in another provocative action, he sent a letter to special UN envoy Kofi Annan calling for the deployment of 30,000 UN troops to protect Syrian civilians from harm.

In the tours which took him to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York, and other areas in Canada, he justified  the terrorist acts carried out  in various parts of Syria, though in  each passing day  more evidence is clear that al-Qaeda fighters have been arriving in the country to carry out 'jihad' against the Syrians and their country.

 Unsatisfied with  his  continued accusations ,the Syrian Foreign and   Expatriates Ministry expressed  regret over Dall ' Oglio's  non- abidance  to his spiritual duties and his participation in the disinformation campaign against Syria,  which hosted him  and facilitated his mission  as her honorable guest for a long time.

The ministry said in a statement  on September 20th  "Rev. Paolo Dall'  Oglio, who  was an eye witness for  great  achievements made in various political, economic and social spheres in Syria, instead of calling for national reconciliation  among the people he alleged to care for , he  launched  hostile campaigns attacking Syria and justifying terrorist acts carried out by armed guerillas  and Salafi jihadist and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups. "

Rev. Paolo 's tour and  malevolent statements   came  following his deportation by concerned ecclesiastical authorities in Syria, because he had deviated and alienated himself from  the  religious mission he dedicated himself to   and his  interference in the internal affairs of Syria , in  favor of terrorist groups. A matter which wasproved  in later  statements Dall 'Oglio , demanding  the imposition of a no-fly on Syria outside the framework of the UN Security Council and thereby, placing   himself in the ditch of  the enemies of Syria.
In fact, what he has been doing is in contradiction  with  all moral principles  heralded by divine monotheistic  religions and comes as a free service  to the enemies of Syria.

Nevertheless,  Syria  will continue  to fight terrorism, which targets her own existence  and consolidate her  cultural and religious values,  and perpetuate  the  values and principles for  the unity of her  people . Syria will also continue to unmask all unholy  attempts made to tarnish her  image before the world public opinion in the service of  known agenda.

However, the  monastery of Mar Musa, which was built  in the 6th century and  is perched high up on a cliff in desert hills, about 80 kilometers to the  north of Damascus, will remain a symbol for Syria 's  national unity, interfaith and tolerance.

The visitor to the monastery who has to ascend hundreds of stone steps  before reaching  its church with unmatched priceless frescoes depicting the Jesus 's last Supper will always find true priests or Sheikhs, who do not break their oaths.

 Tomader Fateh