President al-Assad issues Law No. 18

Damascus, (ST)_President Bashar al-Assad issued on Thursday Law No. 18 for the year 2013. The said law provides for amending the Law No. 29 for the year 2012 on the penalties imposed on the persons who are working illegally  in  the currency exchange, and those who transfer local or foreign currencies in and out  Syria without a license.

"anyone who violates the provisions of paragraph (A) of Article 7 of this law and practices the currency exchange profession without a license is punishable with temporary arrest for a period not less than three years and not more than ten years, and the confiscation of the sums seized in cash or any sums recorded on paper or electronic registers and bonds that carry a monetary value, and a fine threefold the confiscated sum, which is not less than SYP five mln,"the law reads.

President al-Assad issues law no. 17 on establishing solar water heater support fund

President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued Law No. 17 for the year 2013.

The law provides for  establishing a fund to support the domestic solar water heater at the Ministry of Electricity.

The fund aims to make citizens aware of the importance of renewable energies and their role in sustainable energy resources, environmental protection and rationalizing the use of traditional energy sources, and encouraging the use of solar energy in water heating for domestic purposes.


Official Source: Collapse of Moslem Brotherhood Type of Leadership Affirms Failure of Political Islam in Leading the State

DAMASCUS, (ST) - Egypt yesterday witnessed a historical turning point indicating the Egyptian people's awareness and stressing their adherence to Arabism and rejection of foreign interference in their national affairs and of any attempt to violate Egypt's sovereignty, a  Syrian official source said on Thursday.

In a statement, the source added "Our people in Egypt have reiterated Egypt's leading nationalist role and affirmed their ability to defend the country's interests, civilization and humanitarian history."  

"The collapse of the Moslem Brotherhood type of leadership has once again stressed the disability of political Islam forces to lead the state,  preserve the cultural diversity and freedoms and build a national state that expresses and maintains Egypt's  history," the source said.

It stressed that the Syrian people, leadership and army deeply appreciate the popular national move in Egypt as it attained a great achievement.

"Syria asserts that what happened in Egypt is a deep and historical turning point which unfolds a deeply rooted will to preserve democracy, diversity and political pluralism, and to reject Moslem Brotherhood type of leading the state not only in Egypt, but also in the entire region and the world," the source added.

The source pointed out that Egypt has for long been an example to be followed." We think that countries of the world need to make such a change to entirely eliminate failed leadership experiences which have been transgressive to Islam, nations, history and human beings."

The source extended the congratulations of the Syrian people, leadership and army to the Egyptian people,  army and national forces on this victory and urged the brotherly Egyptian people, Syria's partner in building , development and destiny, to keep this victory and defend it.

 The source also stressed Syria's complete support for the brotherly people of Egypt.       

H. Mustafa

American Democracy!

The United States of America has a right to enter in the  European mind to know what  it thinks about. So,  It will be very angry if the European countries as France, Germany, England tried to say : we  refuse this action from the American side .

This fact has changed its place from darkness to light when all the world discovered that the American authorities spied on the telephone calls of European leaders and business men.

Now we have a big desire to see the reaction of the old continent.  The French president François Hollande spoke about future results to leave their effects on the relationship between the two sides , and we understood that the situation will be very dangerous especially when he said : we cannot accept this kind of behavior between partners and allies.” the spying should “immediately stop .

Here we have short comment and we have courage to tell Mr. Hollande that the spying will resume its quite journey soon after a short pause .

After these sharp words, the American president Barack Obama felt  that he was very afraid of the French position. Further,  in Berlin, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Steffen Seibert, echoed Mr. Hollande’s anger over the eavesdropping. “We’re not in the cold war anymore,” he told the anger overshadowed efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry to play down concerns about American surveillance, telling reporters at a conference of Southeast Asian nations in Brunei on Monday that “every country in the world” involved in international affairs engages in activities to protect its national security porters.

Now we are facing real problem concerning both the place and the time .

The first problem is our looking for ourselves ,because we do not know if we are living in the cold war epoch or in the hot war epoch.

The second problem is related to the form of this war , and we are able to give many examples ; what had happened in Afghanistan and Iraq ,what are happening in "the Arab spring" countries , the Iranian nuclear file , the tense situation in Korean peninsula.

The American administration persists to name this epoch "the American Democracy"  and under this term we have to expect many surprises : constructive confusion , ethnic conflicts in many places , continued arms race between Russia and the western block , universal economic and financial crises.

It seems that the road of human suffering with the results of this  American democracy will be very long and very hard at the same time .


Dr. Jihad Taher Bakfalouni

Egyptian army removes Morsi

The head of the Egyptian army has appeared live on television, announcing the suspension of the constitution.

General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, flanked by religious and military leaders, said the chief justice of constitutional court would take the powers of the presidency.

His announcement means President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in power.

Anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square gave out a huge cheer in response to the speech.

The move follows four days of mass street protests against Mr Morsi, and an ultimatum issued by the military which expired on Wednesday afternoon.

After General Sisi's address, both Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Church, and leading opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei made short statements.

Mr ElBaradei said the new roadmap aimed for national reconciliation and represented a fresh start to the January 2011 revolution.

TV stations belonging to Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood went off air at the end of the speech.


Martyrs' families living example of honest Syrians ,says al-Halqi

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ " the government will spare no effort to accord attention to the families of martyrs' requirements, "said  Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi.

Al-Halqi's remark was made during the meeting of the ministerial committee entrusted  with materializing  the political program for solving the crisis in Syria with wives and mothers of martyrs on Wednesday.

" the Syrian army and internal security forces' victories  are credited to sacrifices of the Syrian soldiers and people, "underscored al-Halqi.

''Martyrs inspire in us the sublime values  of sacrifice, steadfastness, challenge  and dignity,'' he added, affirming that the martyrs' wives and mothers have provided a living example on how to ignore  the pain for  the sake of the  homeland.

''We will never give up, and we will confront the conspiracy targeting Syria, our souls are at the disposal of our people and homeland  simply because Syria is only for sincere and honest Syrians .Furthermore, we are determined to build the stable, safe, and democratic Syria where there is no single terrorist,'' he asserted.

Al-Halqi highlighted the care accorded to the martyrs' families, affirming that they deserve further care and support.

The martyrs' families, for their part, voiced support to the political program for solving the crisis to restore security and stability all over Syria, hailing the government's care for the martyrs' families.

They also stressed that security and stability can only be restored by the efforts of the Syrian army and materializing  the political program by the Syrians themselves.