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Najdat Anzour finishes shooting movie on ISIS (Daesh)

The Syrian Director Najdat Anzour has finished shooting a movie tackling misconceptions that affect the society and the conflict between extremism and moderation in religion.

The movie entitled ' transient and dissipate' focuses on the Syrian people's suffering from the misconceptions and their determination to live their normal lives despite the difficult circumstance Syria is going through.

The Dirty War on Syria


The following text is the introductory chapter of  Professor Tim Anderson’s forthcoming book entitled The Dirty War on Syria

Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined (Knightley 2001). Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new "evil" in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years. To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years.

This book is a careful academic work, but also a strong defence of the right of the Syrian people to determine their own society and political system. That position is consistent with international law and human rights principles, but may irritate western sensibilities, accustomed as we are to an assumed prerogative to intervene. At times I have to be blunt, to cut through the double-speak. In Syria the big powers have sought to hide their hand, using proxy armies while demonising the Syrian Government and Army, accusing them of constant atrocities; then pretending to rescue the Syrian people from their own government. Far fewer western people opposed the war on Syria than opposed the invasion of Iraq, because they were deceived about its true nature.

In 2011 I had only a basic understanding of Syria and its history. However I was deeply suspicious when reading of the violence that erupted in the southern border town of Daraa. I knew that such violence (sniping at police and civilians, the use of semi-automatic weapons) does not spring spontaneously from street demonstrations. And I was deeply suspicious of the big powers. All my life I had been told lies about the pretexts for war. I decided to research the Syrian conflict, reading hundreds of books and articles, watching many videos and speaking to as many Syrians as I could. I wrote dozens of articles and visited Syria twice, during the conflict. This book is a result of that research.

Abdulkarim calls for Syrian-Italian cooperation to restore stolen Syrian artifacts

ROME,(ST)_  Director General of the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums  (DGAM) Maamoun Abdulkarim recently participated in a special meeting of the Italian Parliament's Cultural and Foreign Affairs Committee during which he explained the danger threatening the Syrian cultural and archaeological heritage because of the crimes and acts of vandalism committed by terrorist organizations against historical sites in Syria.

Syrian artifacts in European black market, as world coalesces to protect endangered heritage

Syrian unique artifacts have been up for sell in the European black market, Director-General- of the Antiquities and Museums [DGAM] confirms.

Ma'amonAbdulkarim told yesterday the Damascus-based al-Watan newspaper that several Syrian unique artifacts were seized in the black market in Britain, indicating that the artifacts were smuggled via a Lebanese merchant.

"This proves that some Arab merchants are involved in smuggling Syrian antiquities to the European black market," he said, indicating that Culture Ministry hired a lawyer to pursue the measure of restoring the antiquities found in the European states, especially those that were up for sale in the black market in Britain.

Wide Syrian participation in Algiers 20th International Book Fair

ALGIERS, (ST)-More than 30 Syrian publishing houses are taking part in the 20th International Book Fair of Algiers which was opened a few days ago in the Algerian capital by the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

During his visit to the stand of the Syrian al-Hafez Publishing House and his meeting with Head of the Syrian Publishers Union Haitham al-Hafez, the Algerian Premier said “we are proud of the Syrian people…you are a great civilized people, so keep protecting your country and unity.”