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Syria Commits No Illegal Act When Fighting Terrorism - Intellectuals


DAMASCUS- (ST) - Syria's right to fight terrorism and protect its national sovereignty has been affirmed by the Syrian and Iranian intellectuals who took part in the conference on "The Role of Intellectuals in Enhancing the Steadfastness of the Syrian People".

"Every state has the right to arrest armed rebels and outlaws who threaten internal peace and security," Dr. Ahmad Moumeni Rad, Professor of International Law at Tehran University said at the second day of the conference.

"The Syrian state has committed no illegal act in its fight against terrorism," Rad added, stressing that smuggling terrorist mercenaries into Syria and using them by foreign countries to destroy the country is the illegal behavior.

Rad criticized the international community's deliberate attempt to ignore the regionally and Western-backed terrorism against Syria, pointing out that this violates key international principles and resolutions which call for fighting terrorism.

Other conferees shed light on how influential the national unity in Syria was in strengthening the steadfastness of the Syrian people. They underlined the contribution of intellectuals, writers, workers, students and civil society initiatives to uncovering the dimensions of the heinous conspiracy hatched against Syria.

They also hailed the Syrian national media which, despite its limited capabilities, has achieved a major jump as regards uncovering the conspiracy.

U.S. Fuels Conflict

Concluding its activities on Monday, the two day conference issued a statement condemning the US role in fuelling the ongoing conflict in Syria through providing all forms of support to armed terrorist takfiri groups to destroy the Syrian state and undermine its geopolitical role in the axis of resistance.

The statement hailed Russia and Iran's limitless support for the steadfastness of the Syrian people, their efforts to attain a political solution to the crisis in Syria and their rejection of the West's attempts to create an environment for "military intervention" so as to put hand on the region's resources.  

In their statement, the participants urged dialogue among the Syrians as the only way to find an objective solution to the crisis. They also affirmed the Syrian people's right to draw up their own future without foreign interference.

The important role of writers, thinkers and journalists in confronting the aggression and the takfiri mindset was also reiterated.

Enhancing friendship, fraternity and dialogue between the Syrian and Iranian intellectuals was called for to serve the common interests of the two counties and solidify the axis of resistance.

The conferees hailed the sacrifices of the Syrian people, army and leadership to protect Syria and highly appreciated the stances of China and peace-loving peoples in support for Syria.

The first day of the conference dealt with the political, cultural, and economic dimension of the confrontation of the crisis and with the role of resistance axis in consolidating steadfastness.

H. Mustafa


Intellectuals Role in Enhancing Steadfastness of Syrian People Affirmed

Damascus- Syrian and Iranian intellectuals and journalists have underlined the role of intellectuals in cultural dialogue and interaction.

This was expressed at the "Intellectuals' Role in Enhancing Steadfastness of Syrian People" Conference which was opened on Sunday at the Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus.

The event was organized by the unions of journalists and writers in Syria in cooperation with the Union of Islamic TV and Radio in Iran.

The Iranian participants expressed their solidarity with the Syrian people in the ongoing confrontation between the forces of resistance and the forces of evil and takfiri mindset.

Chairman of the Journalists Union, Elias Murad, at the opening ceremony of the conference hailed the strategic and historic relations between Syria and Iran, stressing that these relations have had played a great role in restoring balance to the region and in expanding cooperation prospects.

Murad asserted that the steadfastness and sacrifices of the Syrian people will make a new history in the region and the world, especially that "we are now fighting the battle of identity and defending history and culture".

For his part, Chairman of the Arab Writers Union Hussein Juma'a said that the Zio-American circles weren't able to undermine resistance in the region, so they worked to create sectarian sedition in the region as an alternative of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Jum'a pointed out that the Syrian people have shown "legendary steadfastness" in the confrontation of the ongoing aggression. They also backed their army which has been defending national sovereignty.

Khalaf al-Miftah, Member of al-Baath party's regional leadership hoped that the conference would find a unified Syrian-Iranian vision on the crisis Syria and countries of the region.

Head of the Iranian Islamic Radios and Televisions Union Rida Sadr-Eddin al-Husseini highlighted the importance of deepening cultural cooperation between Syria and Iran.

He called upon the intellectuals to convey the true image of the events in Syria to the world and to shed light on the acts of the takfiri groups backed by the global Zionism.

Cultural, political and economic dimensions of the ongoing confrontation and the role of resistance axis in the steadfastness of the Syrian people will be discussed in the two-day conference.

H. Mustafa

“The French Role in War against Syria” Highlighted


The Culture Ministry recently held a symposium titled “The French Role in War against Syria” to provide information and reveal some facts about France’s blatant violations of the UN Charter through its support for terrorists in Syria and intervention in the Syrian internal affairs

Syrian researchers, lawyers and writers, who took part in the event stressed that the French anti-Syria role has been evident from the very beginning of the crisis in Syria.

Nidal al-Saleh, Deputy Culture Minister criticized the policy France has been adopting towards Syria. He pointed out that when France is mentioned the Syrians remember French philosophers and thinkers like Jean Jacques Rousseau, Sartre and Louis Aragon not France’s Holland, Fabius or Sarkozy, who contributed nothing to history.

Aisar Midani, President of the NOSSTIA Trustees Council, said that the Symposium aimed at clarifying the French terrorist role in the heinous war being waged against Syria.

“France employs all its efforts to wage this mad war against Syria in coordination   with Turkey and Qatar, to support the so-called Syrian opposition and to arm and send terrorists to Syria,” Midani added pointing out that France has backed the “Moslem Brotherhood” to be its new force or tool in the Middle East aiming to achieve the French colonialist schemes.

On the role of the French media, Midani said it was an inciting role, through inviting people for dialogue sessions to convince them that the so-called Syrian opposition abroad is the representative of the Syrian people. The media in France launched anti-Syria campaigns in the Arab World Institute and in Paris municipality.

She pointed out that many French officials had taught the individuals they recruited for the war on Syria how to incite people, how to enter cities from rural areas and how to fabricate photos and videos.

The NOSSTIA official also said that France have instigated international organizations against Syria, violated the UN Charter, continuously sought to toughen the Western sanctions on the Syrian people and worked hard to prevent the Syrian media from reporting facts to the entire world.

Midani pointed out that in France there are 23 anti-imperialism parties and organizations which support the Syrian people and army in their defense of their sovereignty. They condemn the French media’s lies, the NATO countries’ imperialist intervention and the West’s support for terrorism in the Middle East and reject any kind of interference in the Syrian affairs.

For his part Lawyer Bassam Sabbagh criticized the French government’s lies concerning human rights and democracy in France itself.

 He affirmed that the institutions in France and the EU played a major part in the wars on Syria.

“The European Union blatantly has shown hostility to Syria through the sanctions it imposed on the country which directly affected the living of the Syrian people,” al-Sabbagh said.

Adnan Azzam, also a lawyer, asserted the need to use all military, security and economic potentials to counterattack the terrorist war France and the West are waging against Syria. He added that most of the French people know nothing about the foreign policy of their country and have no influence in decision- making, so they should be more aware of the behavior of their governments.

Researcher and political analyst Radwan Razzak said in a statement to the local press that the French colonialism had been keen to create sedition in the societies of the Levant and disseminated wrong concepts about religion, thereby creating a nursery for the terrorism hitting the region today.

H. Mustafa   

Syrian Musician Kamal Ballan Shines at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

 MOSCOW- Arab Music fans in Russia recently had the opportunity to enjoy sweet oriental Arab music played by Syrian Musician Kamal Ballan at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

Led by prominent Maestro Vladimir Andropov, Director of the Governmental Academic Bolshoi Theater in Russia, the Russian National Academic Orchestra of Popular Musical Instruments recently held a concert in which Ballan took part through musical performances dedicated to a number of prominent world musicians.

The concert was held to express the diversity of music which matches the diversity of peoples around the world.

In his solo Oud performance, Ballan played the renowned Egyptian Maestro Mohammad Abdul Wahhab's al-Nahr al-Khaled (Immortal River) symphony in addition to wonderful musical pieces that were composed by prominent Syrian Maestro Farid al-Attrash, within the framework of the world symphonies and musical works.

The applause of the Russian audience after Ballan had finished his performance was strong enough to affirm that they had enjoyed the tunes coming out from the strings of Ballan's Oud.

Interviewed by SANA correspondent in Moscow, Maestro Andropov hailed the performance of Ballan and referred to the Russian audience's great interaction with his Arab musical performances.

Regretting the suffering of the Syrian children under the ongoing events in Syria, Andropov stressed that "children have nothing to do with all what is going on in the country."

Andropov expressed his willingness to visit Syria together with the whole orchestra in order to present concerts to entertain the children of the country.

For his part, musician Ballan said that it was his honor to participate in promoting the Arab culture in Moscow where he has been living for a long time.   

"I was proud to represent Syria at this prestigious venue, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, through presenting some of the masterpieces of great Arab maestros Mohammad  Abdul Wahhab and Farid al-Atrash," Ballan said.

He added: "I sought to provide an opportunity to the Russian audience to enjoy Arab music and know how great and diverse our culture is," Ballan added.

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Wadih El Safi Passes Away

Wadih El Safi, a famous Lebanese singer, songwriter, and actor died Friday at the age of 92, according to the Lebanese media.

 A Lebanese cultural icon, El Safi is often called the “Voice of Lebanon”. Born in Niha, Shouf of Mount Lebanon , Wadih El Safi started his artistic journey at the age of seventeen when he took part in a singing contest held by Lebanese Radio and was chosen the winner among fifty other competitors.

Wadih El-Safi, (born Wadi’ Francis),  is considered a pillar of Lebanese music and one of the most prominent figures in Arab music, nicknamed "the man with the golden throat" whose name and voice were associated with the mountains of Lebanon.

El Safi’s health severely deteriorated about this time last year, following a surgery to a broken leg.

Wadih El Safi is a classically trained tenor, having studied at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music. He began composing and performing songs that drew upon his rural upbringing and love of traditional melodies, blended with an urban sound, and creating a new style of modernized Lebanese folk music.

El-Safi was known of his love to Syria and the Syrian people. He always said that the Syrian and Lebanese peoples are considered as one people and that Syria, represented by its leadership, and people, was a key sponsor for art and artists.

His song "Syria, the Home of Peace" was his last work dedicated to glorify Syria as cradle of peace and coexistence and to thank the country for the care it has accorded to Arab artists.

The Syrian Information Ministry and the Artists' Guild offered their sincere condolences to the late singer's family.

In 1947, El Safi traveled to Brazil, where he remained until 1950.

El Safi toured the world, singing in many languages, including Arabic, Syriac, French, Portuguese and Italian.

He helped give the Lebanese song its identity by developing folk and country singing, stirring homesickness to country and countryside in expatriates.

El Safi has written over 3000 songs. He is well known for his mawawil (an improvised singing style) of ‘ataba, mijana, and Abu el Zuluf. He has performed and recorded with many well-known Lebanese musicians, including Najwa Karam, Fairouz, and Sabah. His songs are as famous as Lebanon and the Cedar tree.
El-Safi reportedly received medals from many countries and participated in several major festivals, “dedicating his art to God and uniting people’s heart, with his music reviving humane, national and religious values for 75 years.”

His Funeral will be held Monday afternoon October 14 at the St. George Cathedral in downtown Beirut.

Wadih El Safi will be greatly missed by his Lebanese and Arab fans, but his songs will live on forever.