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Al-Halqi Praises Arab Intellectuals's Role in Defending Arab Nation’s Heritage

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi, stressed the important role played by the Arab intellectuals in revealing the reality of conspiracies and challenges facing the Arab Countries.

Al -Halqi, during a meeting the Arab Writers Union executive bureau head and members, appreciated the role of writers' in consolidating national values and defending the heritage of the Arab nation.

Premier al-Halqi hailed the role of cultural centers in the Syrian rural areas as a gate to spread the culture of awareness, tolerance and citizenship in light of the imported takfiri thinking which aims at destroying the human and eliminating anyone who has contrary opinions.

The Prime Minister said that the government exerting big efforts to solve economic, housing, social, education, services and health issues in a bid to reduce the impact of the unjust economic sanctions which negatively affected the Syrian citizens.

“Syria is open to all initiatives that lead to achieve security and stability and carry out reforms without any foreign intervention or dictates which undermine the national sovereignty and the Syrian citizen's dignity,” He added.

For his part, Hussein Jumaa chairman of the Arab Writers Union, pointed to the efforts exerted by the union members to uncover the conspiracy which aims at fragmenting Syria and its national unity.

Jumaa stressed the Arab writers' keenness and calls for solving the crisis through dialogue among all spectrums of the Syrian people in a way that preserves Syria's security and stability.


Ibrahim Zaaboub

"Woman in the world cinema" festival opens

The cinema festival opens today at Kendi hall, Damascus.

The 16-day event is organized by the Public Establishment of Cinema.

The event is held under the title "Woman in the World cinema" at 5 p.m.

The opening movie will be "A Child is Ridding The Bike" directed by Jack Peirre Dardand and Luc Dardand. This film won the prize of Cannes International Film Festival.

Many other famous  films will follow, and the woman plays starring role in most of these films.

Three films will be shown per day starting from 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m till 5:00 p.m.


Monday 26-11-2012: Ms. Mannifer, The Smile of Monalisa, The Memories of Geisha Girl.

Tuesday 27-11-2012: Dirty Water, Courage, Amelia.

Wednesday 28-11-2012: Gigi, Julie And Julia, White, Pink  Grotto.

Thursday 29-11-2012: Connie And Carla, Charged, Horror Room.

Friday 30-11-2012: Good Woman, Elizabeth, My Life In Pink.

Saturday 1-12-2012: Glass House, Being Julia, Hours.

Sunday 2-12-2012: Anna Caranina, Man Going To Executions, Cause 39.

Monday 3-12-2012: Dance At Lunaza, Alternative Mother, St.

Tuesday 4-12-2012: Angel Eyes, Doubt, Eight Women.

Wednesday 5-12-2012: Summer of 1942, Ladies' Lavender Perfume, Nikita.

Thursday 6-12-2012: Disabled Girl, Neil is Wild Girl, Sylvia.

Friday 7-12-2012: Danger Relations, Ive Khor, Peggy Sue Got married.

Saturday 8-12-2012: Misery, Monsoon Wedding, Diamond Eye Tear loss.

Sunday 9-12-2012: The Prince and the Dancer, Tender is Must, The Train of Lover.

Monday 10-12-2012: Another Wanton Girl, Heat of The Body, I and the King.

Maher Taki

Arabic influence on the Spanish language


If you speak Spanish, you probably speak more Arabic than you think you do. It's not "real" Arabic you're speaking, but rather words that come from Arabic. After Latin, Arabic is probably the biggest contributor of words to the Spanish language.

The Arabic influence on the Spanish language has been significant due to the Islamic presence in the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus) between 711 and 1492 A.D.

Modern Spanish (also called Castellano in Spanish) first appeared in the small Christian Kingdom of Castile in northern Spain during this period of Islamic domination over most of the Iberian Peninsula. As a result, the language was influenced by Andalusi Arabic practically from its inception. The Arabic influence on the language increased as the interaction with Muslims extended, Castilian had never been spoken in the southern area, while Arabic was the dominant language. Although the degree to which Arabic percolated the peninsula varied enormously from one area to another, it is generally agreed that Arabic was used among the local elites (both Muslims and Christians) as the language of science.

Most of the Arabic influence upon Spanish came through the Arabized Latin dialects that were spoken in areas under Muslim rule, known today as Mozarabic. This resulted in Spanish often having both Latin and Arabic derived words with the same meaning.

For example:

Aceituna: الزيتونة

Ajarafe: الشرف

Alacena: الخزانة

Acatar: قدر

Abatanar: بطن

The imprint of Mozarabic and Arabic is evidently more noticeable in the southern dialects of Peninsular Spanish than in the northern ones.


Maysa  Wassouf

Fortifying museums a must,says Moushaweh

Damascus,  (ST) The Budget and Accounts Committee at the People Assembly discussed the  SP285mln plans and projects of Tourism Ministry which are proposed within the investment budget for 2013, as well as the ministry's various activities for maintaining the identity and enhancing the cultural and moral values as well as protecting heritage which is one of the most basis of national reconciliation.

The committee members calls for  increasing the funds allocated  to the ministry stressing the necessity of establishing a satellite channel concerned in the Syrian culture and enhancing cooperation relations with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education so  as to foster a generation aware of their rights and duties.

Minister of Culture, Dr. Lubanah Moushweh clarified that there is an executive program the ministry is working to achieve stressing d that the ministry has fortified the museums that still have all their contents .

The minister went on to say that the Ministry through the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums is working to protect museum collections and guarding the archeological sites pointing to the difficulties  facing the work especially that Syria has 10 thousand archaeological sites some of them are noted  on the world heritage list and others are noted  as part of the national heritage list.

Director General of Antiquities and Museums Directorate, Dr. Ma'moun Abdul-Kareem said that the directorate has taken measures which are universally recognized as accurate and strict measures to maintain the great relics which are scattered over the entire territory of the country Indicating that a huge number of the  pieces are hidden in order to be immune from the dangers that they may be exposed to according to the current circumstances.

Dr. Abdul-Kareem Called for  introducing an academic article on archeology to  the educational curricula and to appoint the graduates  from the colleges and institutes of archeology within  the Ministry of Education to teach this subject .

Amal Farhat

All that glitter is not gold

All that is said is not true, and not everyone  who says can do. There are many metals, but gold is the valuable of all.

Many metals can be polished and painted to seem attractive. The paint makes that rusty metal as valuable and of a high price. But when it is tested, the paint is washed away and the truth appears clearly. This means that honesty pays in the long run.

Whatever the deceit may be, originality, truth and honesty will be the base of anything, as falsehood and dishonesty will be proved that it is untrue.

Let's imgine a building of salt which appears as a true building in its shape. It will not last long. Salt will be washed away and truth will be clear.

The external appearance will not change anything of the origin of the truth. Beauty is not to wear

beautiful clothes. If beauty is to be true, it must be clothed in a moral character.

You may admire a man's stature and his clothes, but the clothing might hide stupidity and foolishness.

The apparel may deceive and truth will remain bright like the sun.

Sh/ Kh