Iraqi artist describes Damascus as ‘great home of Arabs’

Because he sees Syria as his second homeland and he is against the onslaught being launched on it, the Iraqi artist Tami al-Samerra’ee held an exhibition in Damascus.

The exhibition included 25 paintings depicting historic domes and minarets , according to the al-Thawra newspaper, which quoted the artist as saying that he came to Damascus because it is the ‘land of peace’ and the ‘great home of Arabs’.

“There is a historic connection between Syria and Iraq,” Mr. al-Samerra’ee added, stressing that his exhibition is retaliation for the onslaught being waged against the Arab world and the archaeological sites.

He called for artists all over the world to unify against terrorism and violence.

The artist selected a historic site from each Arab country and used the Arabic calligraphy in his works being displayed in the exhibition held in Abo Remmaneh Cultural center under the patronage of Syrian Ministry of Culture.

He repeated what the fame artist Fyodor Dostoyevsky said: “Beauty will save the world”.



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"Syrian Researchers" initiative

A group of Syrian undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students plus researchers in all scientific and academic fields residing in Syria and around the world from Japan in the east to USA in the west have launched the 'Syrian Researchers' initiative for conveying knowledge to the next generation.

The team translates international scientific news, research articles and discoveries into Arabic language to be published to the Arabic-readers by media outlets, the Tishreen newspaper reported Saturday, clarifying that that over 10725 scientific researches translated by more than 450 volunteers have been published on the internet.

Sand sculpture forum in Lattakia shows Syrians' insistence on life

Around 13 sand sculptures have been made during the second professional sculpture forum concluded yesterday in Lattakia.

The sculptures depict animals, environment, cars, Greek mythology and the ancient Phoenician civilization, according to the official news agency (SANA).

The agency quoted the director of the forum Mr. Ali al-Shikh as saying that the forum was an opportunity to exchange experiences.

Film by Lebanese Director shows how media outlets fuel terrorism in Syria

"Syria – The Challenge" is the title of a film directed by Mrs. Olgha Ibrahim al-Naqqash on the role of media outlets in fueling terrorism and aggression on Syria.

The film, which recently has been screened in Moscow, focuses on the misleading media campaign coincided with the terror war on Syria, according to the official news agency (SANA).

The agency clarified that the Lebanese Director explains in the film how some media outlets, especially Al-Arabiya and Al- Jazeera Television channels, have been involved in shedding the blood of the Syrians and in fueling the aggression on Syria.

Mrs. al-Naqqash has tried through her films and documentaries, including the film entitled 'Syria- The Challenge', to shed light on the malicious conspiracy hatched against Syria. She depends on transparent dialogues made with Syrian youths, who have been displaced by terrorist organizations

Australian Artist Luke Cornish Pays Tribute to Palmyra, Archeologist Khaled al-Asa'ad

DAMASCUS– Driven by the desire to pay tribute to the city of Palmyra and to Syrian chief archeologist Khaled al-Asa'ad who was murdered by ISIS, Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish traveled from his country to Syria to see with his own eyes the reality of what is happening here, SANA reported.

Cornish told SANA that he visited Syria before last May as a member of Australian athletes’ delegation “Boxers for Peace” headed by Rev. David Smith, noting that the delegation visited Palmyra a few weeks after the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the city from the clutches of ISIS.

“It was an honor to be able to visit such an important place but also very sad to witness the destruction that had been carried out. I painted the portrait of Khaled al-Asa'ad in the Amphitheater where he was executed. It was quite surreal having had only seen footage of this place on the internet, of the horrible crimes committed there,” he said.