Aleppo Re-build in a Swedish film Syria and the New Silk Road

 “Project Phoenix” And The rebuilding of Aleppo” was the title of a movie written by the  Executive Intelligence Review ( EIR) Arabic Editor and Chairman of the Swedish European Labour Party – EAP Mr. Hussein Askary. The film has  been presented by the Swedish Institute “Schiller Institute conference in Berlin, under the motto “Common Future for Mankind, and a Renaissance of the Classical Cultures” .

Mr. Hussein Askary, in an interview with Syria Times , said that Aleppo, throughout history, has witnessed many moments of greatness as well as decline and turmoil, but it always arose again like the bird of the Phoenix. The people and government of Syria have kept the same spirit alive in the face of the worst crisis in the history of the country. Here we review a proposal for the reconstruction of Syria called Project Phoenix, focusing on how Syria, which enjoys an ideal position at the crossroads of three continents, can benefit from connecting to the New Silk Road and the emerging World Land-Bridge. This video was produced for the June 25-26, 2016 Schiller Institute conference in Berlin, Germany, “Common Future for Mankind, and a Renaissance of the Classical Cultures”

 Project Phoenix: Aleppo the Eternal City

Ana Ba'acha'ak"… We Adore you as well Mayada!

(ST)_ "Ana Ba'acha'ak", (I adore you) the very famous song -dating back to 35 years ago- of Mayada El Henawi, an iconic name in the Syrian singing tradition, was repeated three times at the Syrian Opera House. Mayada El Henawi initiated the Opera House concerts, accompanying the 61st Damascus International Fair activities on the 26th of August, with grandiose interaction from her audience, after an extensive absence from her homeland stages.

Madame Mayada El Henawi, performed many of her well known songs with her marvelous voice, under the Syrian National Orchestra maestro, Mr. Adnan Fathallah. What was charming in the concert was her interaction with the audience and the breaks between songs, were moments of deep emotions, "To sing from that place after so many years, especially after the war, is really overwhelming.

The Father of All Poor People

His name is Patriarch Gregorios Haddad. Most people in Damascus named him as Mohammad Gregorios the father of poor Muslims.

When he died in 1928, they carried his body from Beirut to Damascus, as the Syrian Artillery was shooting 100 bullets.

50,000 Muslims from Damascus participated in his Funeral.

It said that they wanted to pray over his body at the Omayyad mosque.

King Faysal sent one hundred knights to participate in his funeral.

Gregorios Haddad had a great human personality that was reflected in his great relation with Muslims.

Mohammad Kurd Ali wrote in his memories: “I had known my friend Patriarch Gregorios Haddad since the first world war. He sold a lot of property in Syria and Lebanon to buy food for all poor people in Syria.

Some said that he kept the Patriarchate doors open to everyone during the war and he borrowed money to feed people.

It said that he sold his Diamond Cross (Caesar of Russia Nicholas II gave him the cross) to a Jewish jeweler for a 1000 gold Coins.


Mawwal singing tradition in Syria

The Arab Cultural Center in Abou Rumaneh recently held a lecture by musical researcher Waddah Rajab Basha entitled “The history of the “Mawwal” in Levant and Arab World”.

The researcher started his lecture by the definition of Mawwal: (popular folklore singing poetry) saying: “the Mawwal is written poetry in classical or common Arabic chosen by singer to sing. It is a traditional and popular part of local folklore that proves the singer's ability to sing and shows his strong and beautiful voice”.

Peace from Andalusia

ST_ “Peace, Love, Music, from Andalusia to Syria” overwhelmingly exclaimed the Spanish singer from Athrodeel band to Syriatimes, who hardly speaks English. “Music and love do not need words; they got straight from the heart to the heart”.  Despite all the rumors that Syria is not a safe place, Athrodeel came from Spain and performed from Damascus Opera House, which hosted that exceptional Flamingo night, under the title “Peace from Andalusia”.