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Ghassan Masoud Stars in Ridley Scott's "Exodus"

Syrian world actor Ghassan Masoud, who played the great leader "Saladin" in the British director Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" in 2005, is to join the crew of a new film by the same director called "Exodus".

Masoud has recently finished filming his parts in the movie, which is of the "20th Century Fox" production and which tackles the life of Prophet Moses.

Starring in the film, which is due to be screened at world cinema houses in the 3D technique, are Christian Bale, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ghassan Masoud and others.

Masoud will play the role of the top advisor of Pharaoh Ramses, the pharaoh who is believed to have ruled over Egypt during Prophet Moses’ time.

On his role, Masoud said he plays the character of the advisor of Pharaoh Ramses and his father, so he is a witness to the Pharaoh era. Sometimes, he is silent, satisfied with watching everything in an observer's eye, and other times he talks and gives Ramses advices when necessary. His silence is wanted to be as effective as his talk.

The Syrian actor described his second experience with Ridely Scott as amazing.

"He used to lead me to the control room to explain to me how up to date technology is employed to serve film making," Masoud said.

He added "For me, it was exciting to know some details of what he was thinking about. It was also fantastic to see a director at his age with such great experience still having the enthusiasm of a young man. Scott extraordinarily adores his work and enjoys a very high sense of commitment."  

Masoud had earlier apologized for not joining Scott's film "The Body of Lies".

"Exodus" opens in U.S. theaters on December 12th, 2014.

H. Mustafa 

Terrorist Groups Attack Archeological Building in Raqqa, Loot its Contents

DAMASCUS-The General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (GDAM) said on Sunday that a group of terrorists attacked the warehouses of the historical and archeological building of Hercules in the city of Raqqa and looted their contents.

 According to the GDAM, the storehouses contained hundreds of historical artifacts, mainly various pottery and plaster works in addition to parts of mosaic panels.

In a statement of which SANA got a copy, the GDAM said that the employees of Raqqa Antiquities Directorate took necessary procedures to protect the historic building after it had been attacked and stolen several times. Earlier, the workers evacuated the contents of the warehouse and transformed them to another house in the village, but unfortunately, those measures didn't deter the terrorists from stealing the historic pieces under the threats of weapons.

The GDAM stressed that the terrorist act in Raqqa is a crime that saddens all the Syrians. It held those who instigated and facilitated the looting of the Syrian antiquities responsible for such heinous crimes.

The GDAM fears that the Raqqa National Museum may witness a similar crime, urging the Syrian citizens in the city to protect their historical properties.

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Syria Wins Five Awards at Iraq Media Festival

NAJAF, IRAQ- The Syrian media has attained a new achievement by winning five top awards at the 7th Al-Ghadeer Media International Festival which concluded yesterday in the Iraqi city of Najaf.

204 media institutions representing Arab and Islamic countries took part in the three-day event in which the Syrian radio and TV stations competed with their counterparts from other countries and managed to win a number of outstanding awards.

The prize of best specialized TV report went to the Syrian Satellite Channel's documentary "From the Field", which depicts the achievements of the Syrian Arab army in its battle against terrorism. The report is prepared by a group of war correspondents at the news center.

In the Radio contest, Damascus Radio won two awards; best children program by Director Hamdi Shweiki and best talk show by Director Hassan Hinnawi, while the best political news bulletin award went to Sawt al-Sha'b (Voice of People) Radio.

In addition, the Jury granted their special award to director Hassan Hannawi for his "Analytic Mind" talk show.

A number of certificates of appreciation were also granted to the General Establishment of Radio and TV, namely the Syrian Satellite Channel, Channel One, al-Shabab (Youth) Radio, Damascus Radio and the Voice of the People Radio.

The Syrian participation in the festival captured the attention and enjoyed the admiration of other participating delegations who hailed the Syrian remarkable and effective contribution to the festival's activities, thus reflecting the determination of the Syrian people to defeat the terrorist and takfiri campaign which has aimed to destroy life, aesthetical values, art and invention not only in Syria but in the entire Arab and Islamic homeland.

The Festival's Director Mudar al-Bakkaa described the Syrian participation as a courageous step indicating the Syrian media's determination to overcome all difficulties and convey its message to all parts of the world that it rejects any war against the will and options of the Syrian people.

Bakkaa pointed out that the Syrian media's participation in the event was a precious opportunity to all participants to benefit from its leading experience. 

Mohammad Al-Hansheer, leader of the Tunisian delegation, welcomed the participation of the Syrian media, stressing that his contacts with the Syrian delegation perpetuated the image he had got about the steadfastness of the Syrian people, army and media in the confrontation of the global war hatched against Syria.

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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.

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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