"Yassmin", a Film Depicting Syrian Children under terrorism threats

"Yassmin" (Jasmine), a Syrian film directed by Al-Mohannad Kalthoum is taking part in the official competition of Afghanistan's Human Rights Film Festival which is being held in Kabul between December 6 and 9, 2015.

Despite security challenges in Afghanistan, the festival's administration aimed to shed light on just social and humanitarian issues and on human rights in the world.

In a statement to the “Syriatimes e-newspaper”, director Kalthoum said "the 26-minute "Yassmin" film tells the stories of different Syrian children experiencing very difficult circumstances under the ongoing terrorism crimes against their country.

Amazing art works for young people with special needs in Damascus

Young people with special needs have taken part in an exhibition opened Sunday in Abo Remmaneh Cultural Center in Damascus on the occasion of the International Day of People with Disability.

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.