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Samih al-Qasem

The prominent Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim, who died few days ago at the age of 75 years, is one of the most famous of contemporary Arab poets, founder of the newspaper "Kul al-Arab" (All the Arab) and former member of the Communist Party; his poetry reflects the rebellion and resistance of the occupied Palestine.

 He was born inMay1939 in the Jordanian city of Zarqa to a Palestinian family from the village of Ramah, and learned in Ramah and Nasera schools, then worked as a teacher in one of its schools. He entered the political domain through joining the Communist Party, before devoting himself to his literary writings.

'Booksylor' Website for Connection Between Syrian Expatriates and Homeland

A Syrian Innovator has launched the first world website for connection between the Syrian expatriates and their homeland, media reports say.

Five months ago, BakkorQattanlaunched a website called 'Booksylor' to be a platform for disseminating culture and knowledge, sharing ideas and concerns  and facilitating connection between Syrian expatriates and their homeland.

He wants through this seven languages web platform to serve his homeland, Syria.

According to Qattan, 'Booksylor' website do not ask subscribers to enterpersonal information or telephone numbers.

Artists decry Occupation offensive against Gaza Strip

A collection of artworks on the Israeli military strikes against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip created by international cartoonists and artists has been put on show in the occupied West Bank, Press TV reports.

Organized by the Mahmoud Darwish Museum, the exhibition in the West Bank city of Ramallah has brought together artists from countries around the world, including the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Some artists have portrayed tragicomic depiction of the events in Gaza, such as an Israeli soldier holding a gun against a Palestinian child playing it as a musical instrument. Others depicted Gaza in a pool of blood.

Encouraging Laws for Promoting Tourist Investment in Syria

Investment in the sector of tourism is one of the most profitable procedures for many economic sectors, particularly the sector of services. The importance of investment in tourism lies in the fact that it creates job opportunities for the local force of labor, with lesser costs, compared with other economic sectors. It is estimated that about 100 million persons all round the world work in tourist industries, the majority of which work in small and medium enterprises in the field of tourism. Studies have also proved that the growth of job opportunities in the field of tourism is quicker than in any other industrial field in about two folds and a half, add to that the effective contribution of tourism in developing the infrastructure, especially in the various transportation sectors and handcrafts related to tourism, not mentioning the revenues in foreign currencies and the positive reflections of these revenues on the balance of payment, on increasing contact with the outside world and on the introducing the civilized role of Syria. This brief preamble about the pioneer role of the industry of tourism encourages us to quicken the pace toward wider awareness of the main constituent of tourism in our country, namely investment. Syria, only very recently, realized the importance of tourism, long time after Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and North African countries and other neighboring countries like Turkey and Cyprus. Very recently Syria issued a number of laws to regulate the governing rules of investment in tourism. The most important of these laws is:

Rehabilitation Project of Al- Hosn Citadel Complete

DAMASCUS,(ST)-a specialized team at the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums has finished the first stage of the  project of  repairing the Krak des Chevaliers",Al- Hosn citadel" having sustained  damages and attacks by the armed terrorist groups.

Dr. Mamoun Abdul Karim, General Director of Antiquities and Museums,  in a statement said that after the initial assessment of the damages, implementation of the first phase had been done and accomplished last month. The work included cleaning the castle of the remnants left behind by the terrorist groupings.