Syrian actors’ distinguished roles

As usual, distinguished Syrian actor Abdul Munem Amayri takes part in important TV roles that unveil his distinguished manner and reflect his prodigious skill and rich culture.

The year 2012 was very prolific for Amayri. He appeared as Mahdi, Samer and Akil in Eye Blink, Naked Spirits and The Hours of Embers respectively moving between three different worlds. Mahdi was the unlucky brother for a sister called Hadiya, (played by distinguished Syrian actress Amal Arafeh). Mahdi falls in a trap following another in his search for money which is quickly spent because he is a gambler. However, he is a simple hearted man who does not know malice.

     In “Naked Spirits”, we found him malicious but misled character who is greatly involved in love, suspicion and revenge.

In “The Hours of Embers”, he appeared as Akil, a character teeming with humanitarian aspects which vanish when he feels injustice and tries to prove that his friend Allam was guiltless. 

Other successful roles for Amayri was in Spotlight  which reflected the great talents of the actor through playing various characters in panels that deal with the people’s social, economic and political aspirations in a daring approach. He also played important roles in “Our Tale Hasn’t Finished Yet” and “The Key” by director Hisham Sharbatji.

Qusay Khuli is another outstanding actor who starred in “Naked Spirits” through the character of Salah, a barber who falls in love by accident with a woman who betrayed her husband.

In “The Hours of Embers”, he played Jaber , the character who focuses on the negative aspects and social illnesses  of the Arab society and means of uprooting them.

Since her role in Khan al-Harir (silk caravansary), Syrian actress Shukran Murtaja has achieved strong presence in many TV series. In 2012, she played a distinguished role in “The Hours of Embers”; she appeared as Um Zein who is a lovely character despite her evil behaviour and search for problems. Another important role she played was Um Abdoh, the miser character who lives on parsley and mint she took from the land of her husband in order to avoid spending any penny.
Syrian actor As’ad Fidda has taken part in a TV series titled “The Blue Lamps”, which he considered a masterpiece of art that sheds light on an important period in the history of Syrian coast. The script was written by Husein Abdul Karim based on a novel written by famous Syrian writer Hanna Minah.


K. Q.

“Syria, Targeting and Conspiracy”

“Syria, Targeting and Conspiracy” is a new book recently published by writer Hussein Juma’a, who stressed that anyone who observed the Syrian crisis since its beginning, would immediately realise that it was a conspiracy that aimed to change Syria’s resistant role in confrontation of the imperialist and Zionist plots hatched against the Arab region with the aim of passing the Zionist project, advocating divisions among Arab states and igniting sectarian wars that serve Israel and its allies.

Dr. Juma’a views that the West and the US, in particular, have been seeking to control the Arab region through sinister plans at all political, economic and cultural levels. At the same time, these projects aim to support the Zionist entity in advocating a colonialist settlement policy in the region.

The current conspiracy against the Arab region came as a development of the previous colonialist projects which are no more convincing to Israel and its allies. So, they invented more malignant and wicked plans to guarantee their domination of the Arab region politically and economically.


Dr. Juma’a said that creative chaos came as a reshaping of the Great Middle East, the New Middle East or the direct military invasion with the aim of re-drawing the map of the region in a way that serves the US and Israel.

One chapter of the book was devoted to deal with the successive US administrations’ policies towards the Arab Homeland. He said that the US administrations have found a good opportunity to achieve their interests in the region through the so-called civil society organizations or internal and external oppositions capitalizing on international differences and social and political turmoil in the Arab societies.

The writer disclosed the US and Western plans in exploiting peoples and plundering their resources under the pretext of combating terrorism. He said,” it is they who create terrorism, violence and killing and call for achieving freedom, but at the same time they restrict the freedom of others in service of their interests as was the case in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Somalia. The US claims that it did not want to arm the Syrian opposition, but it ordered its regional allies, especially Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to offer all kinds of military aid to it.

In another chapter, Dr. Juma’a tackles the nature of the conspiracy which targets the whole region through creating seditions, divisions and plundering of resources.

Golan, the Key of Peace and War was the title of another chapter in which the writer talked about the strategic importance of Golan, its historical and geographic position which made it the target  of the Zionist greed. He also explained the Israeli measures of annexing Golan and wiping out its genuine Arab identity, highlighting the Syrian people’s complete rejection of the Israeli measures and their insistence to liberate Golan and return it to its motherland Syria.

The writer also addressed the means used by West to carry out its conspiracy against Syria, referring that part of the conspiracy was a fierce media campaign of instigation and misleading implemented through certain channels.

Concluding his book, Dr. Juma’a said that the Syrians will be able to overcome the crisis and emerge stronger thanks to their national belonging and strong belief in tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

Syrian Programmer Designs Website for Fairouz Songs

His love to Fairouz, the worldwide famous Lebanese songstress, led Syrian programmer Hasan al-Arous to design a website special for the words of her songs. The website has so far contained about 80% of Ms Fairouz Albums.

"I'm fond of Fairouz songs," Al-Arous said, adding that he designed the website to provide an example of an attractive Arabic content on the internet that may enjoy the interest of browsers.  

The current copy of the website is developed from that of 2011, al-Arous pointed out.

He stressed that he is keen to design a similar website for Arabic songs in a more interactive way that helps browsers suggest artist’s name, album and song, write the song’s words, check information accuracy and load these information on web page.

The homepage of the website contains the pictures of the covers of Fairouz albums with her songs’ titles, and by clicking the title one can see and read the song’s words, according to al-Arous.

He pointed out that one can also obtain his/her favorite song according to Arabic Alphabet and by clicking the targeted letter one can see the songs which start with that letter.

 A targeted song also can be reached according to the name of the composer or the writer, he said.

Maher Taki

Hanna Mina,Sorrows and Joys

Hanna Mina is one of the most famous Syrian authors of our time; well-known to Arabic readers, virtually unknown to the international reading community. He has published 40 novels, written countless editorials, numerous television scripts and contributed to the shaping of the realist form of fiction in the Arab world.

The novelist, born in 1924, says he has had his fill of life's sorrows and joys. He retracted his earlier wish for his gravestone to be inscribed with: "The Woman, the Sea, and Unquenchable Thirst."

His cramped study is surrounded by portraits of Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov and  Ernest Hemingway. Chain-smoking, he recounts stories of distant rough seas, a tough childhood, mysterious women, and unforgotten memories. He is the Syrian Zorba completing his last dance.

His father moved in the 1930s from what had been the Syrian province of Iskenderun to Latakia, homeless and lost, but never found the safe refugee he sought. His son would also be made homeless and set off on travels of his own, albeit under different circumstances, which ended up taking him to China as an exile.

With only an elementary school certificate, Mina used to write letters and petitions to the government on behalf of illiterate neighbors. He later opened a barber’s shop in Latakia. But above all, Mina was a teller of maritime tales.

Mina introduced the sea to the Arabic novel, and took it into unchartered narrative waters."The sea has always been the source of my inspiration."The text of The Road and the Storm had its own long journey. The manuscript was lost three times in postage. He sent another copy from China to his friend Said Houraniyeh by sea freight. It too got lost between Shanghai and Beirut.

In the 1950s, Mina joined the Damascus newspaper al-Inshaa as a trainee editor. He wrote several short stories, which brought him into literary circles, and he co-founded the Syrian Writers Federation in 1951.

The fame he acquired and the prestige that came with it never stopped him from reflecting on the harsh details of his earlier life. In fact, they provided fuel for his novels, and he would invoke them like a mantra to protect his soul from damage. This pioneering novelist concedes that no matter how deep and moving writing can be, it cannot match his life's toughest experiences. "Reality carves its inscriptions on human skin with a hot iron that leaves permanent marks and scars," Mina says.

In the early 1980s, Mina made his famous declaration that: "In the 21st century, the novel will become for the Arabs what poetry is to them today." This prophecy appeared to be a cry in the wilderness at the time. But critics caught on to the idea and the term "age of the novel" began being widely used, ushering in a new emerging generation of Arab novelists. Some of them quickly overtook their elders, but Mina's novels have remained best-sellers.

Mina does not seek to create archetypes, and stresses that honesty comes first. Mina has authored about 40 novels, varying in imaginary value and narrative significance. But his achievement lies in the foundation he laid for this literary structure. Characters such as Zakaria al-Mirsanli in al-Yater, al-Turousi in The Road and the Storm, and Mufid al-Wahsh in The End of a Brave Man, are living examples of life experience intertwined with fiction.

Thus, he reduces the distance between the novel and autobiography, counting on life's paradoxes, follies, and recklessness. He sees the need to expose what has been left unsaid, guided by what forebears wrote centuries ago.


Nada Haj Khidr

“Reading House” opened today

DAMASCUS-(ST)  Minister of Culture Dr.Lubana  Mishaweh opens today “ The House of Arts and Literature” for the poet Adnan Mardam Bek in Damascus. The  activity came within the framework of the Ministry’s project.

The Reading House project is considered as one of the most important achievements of the Culture Ministry that aims at dissemination culture and enhance the role of reading  for youth and adults  to restore the status of book as the main source of culture and knowledge.

The houses will be distributed in Damascus quarters  as the first stage of the project  then in all Syrian cities as the second stage.