A Czech reportage on tourist sites in Maaloula

The Czech television station Prima has televised a reportage on the city of Maaloula and its main tourist sites, highlighting the keenness of its inhabitants to preserve the Aramaic language of Christ through teaching it to the younger generations.

Maaloula is one of the rare regions in the world that still speaks the language of Jesus up till now, reporter Patrick Kaiser, who visited Syria last week, said, presenting at the beginning and the end of the reportage video clips on Aramaic prayers.

Kaiser spoke of the destruction caused by armed terrorist organizations in the city before liberation by the Syrian Arab Army, pointing out that its residents have wrapped up this black chapter of the city's history and look forward to the future.

Kaiser stressed that now in Syria you can see the will of Syrians to live in peace and quiet, preserve their traditions and revive the cultural richness of their country

Inas Abdulkareem

Syria Revives Aramaic, Language of Jesus Christ

 To protect the heritage and diversity of civilizations, to confirm the solidarity among the various religions, and to revive the old chapters of history ,the first institute to teach Aramaic, the language of the people of the Levant in the first millennium BC ,was inaugurated in Maaloula. It is the language which Jesus Christ used to address his disciples and followers and by which he presented his evangelism to humanity. This language is still used by the inhabitants of Ma’aloula, Juba’adin, and Sarkha in the Qalamoun mountains 55 km north east of Damascus.

Arab Aramites :Historical and linguistic studies proved that the Aramites started their journeys from the Arabian Peninsula from which several Arab tribes formed a movement of immigration in the fourth millennium BC, after the rivers of the Peninsula dried up. These tribes migrated to the Mesopotamia in the east, to the Zagross mountains in the north, to the shores of the Atlantic ocean in the west ,and to the Arab Sea in the south. The Aramites settled in Syria and in the Mesopotamia (between the Euphrates and the Tigress) and gradually abandoned their style of bedouin life to adopt the civilized style of settlements. They mostly settled in Amoro (now Syria) and Babylon in the first half of the second millennium BC. With the start of the first Millennium they had established several kingdoms in the region that extended from the anti Lebanon mountains in the west to the Euphrates in the east, and from the mountains of Taurus in the north to Jordan in the south. After several centuries the Aramites gradually,lost control of this region to the Assyrians. The first mention of the Aramites, other than that of the Old Testament, came from the Egyptian letters of Tall al Amarneh of the fourteenth century BC, although there were some weak references about them that date back to the period of 2200 ≠ 1700 BC. The name Aramite was derived from the Arab root of “ramò which signifies sublimity and sovereignty.

Syrian Snow White… Poisoned by Computer

Snow white _known as “Fulla” in the Arabic culture_ poisoned apple becomes a computer in the Syrian version of the play as a metaphor for the infectious effects of technology on children. Hamra Theater which is hosting “Fulla and the seven dwarves”, a play for children written by Zaki Mardanelli, directed by Mohammad Dabbagh, music composition and Lyrics of closing song by Isa Najjar. 

A train whistle brings back golden memories

Just before leaving Damascus International Fair, Mohammad Al-Hayek heard something that took him back many many years. It was a train whistle!!

Filled with nostalgia he quickly retraced his footsteps to where the sound came from and there he found a train carriage one special to Damascus Fair only- one that took him down memory lane to when he was a child.

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