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Culture Minister: Universities Interested in Developing Science to Solve Society Problems




DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Under the patronage of Dr. Lubana Mushaoh, minister of Culture, The director General of Antiquities and Museums, Dr. Maumoon Abdul Karim, and Damascus University, faculty of Architecture, signed two cooperation agreements, at the Damascus Hall in the National Museum, on Monday 26/11/2012.

The agreements provide for Exploration programs, scientific research and survey work, documentation ,restoration and rehabilitation of archaeological sites, assess their functions, tourist and cultural rights, exchange of information, documents, holding exhibitions and seminars.

“Talal Moualla”, the executive director of supporting and developing units in Syria’s Museums and cultural Heritage sites, hoped that these agreements would  be truly put into effect, because most of the pre-agreements were still in the drawers of many institutions, as for the agreement he stressed that  the relation between the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museum, and Damascus University is based on mutual trust, that everyone knows his duty and purpose, to reach remarkable results."

"This strategic partnership is to exchange experience and skills, in a bid to generate the tools of progress and civilization," he affirmed.

“ Dr. Mohamed Amer Mardini” head of University  of Damascus ,said: the scientific researches and serving society are our goals in Damascus university, and that this agreement aims for  joint activities, including the quest to do researches projects, the exchange of information and experiences, and he hoped the best for all the students to be pioneers in all fields."

For his part“ Dr. Maumoon Abdul Karim “ the director general of Antiquities and Museums, praised the Minister of Culture, for her support and pursue for all the agreements and activities, for the benefit of our country, then he spoke about the agreements, that they are real partnership to unite the efforts and experience to develop cultural sector, which is the axis of development and the useful tool to improve our life".

"We launched these agreements, in a critical time, as to raise the awareness of the local people through the students of universities up  to the great value of their national heritage, to encourage them to take part in all its constituents, and that all the institutions must work hand in hand to protect our country, and our precious heritage," he added.

At the end of the ceremony , the Master degree students, in Damascus University, Faculty of Architecture, presented a project about “how to protect the heritage in Khan As’ad Basha in Damascus from damp” because the damp is leaking through its walls and ceiling.

In an exclusive interview with Syria Times reporter, Bouthaian al-Nounou, the Minister of Culture Dr. Lubana Mushweh, who participated in the celebration, commented on these agreements as saying:

"The university has a big role as regards the progress and prosperity of any society, universities today are no longer  interested in developing science for science, but developing science to solve the problems of society, and contribute to promote and develop, universities work now on preparing individual to the world of today and tomorrow, because the world we live in, is in a rapid change, in this way an individual can live in a balanced life, this would not happen if we haven’t coordination or cooperation with institutes and organizations," she asserts.

''This cooperation will give assistance to research centers in Syria, Syria is rich creativity of her sons, and to exchange experiences and information. As we have seen now in the project of the students, the issue of cooperation will help in protecting Khan As’ad Basha from damp, by presenting the problem and its solution .'' added minister Mushweh.

The graduates who are experienced, seem to have an advantage, these  co-op agreements gave students an extra merit  academically and professionally. This solidarity between the university, and directorate general of antiquities and museums, will help us also, to overcome the problems and difficulties that our historical sites are going through," she added.

I wish, all the projects of graduation in all universities  will be for the benefit of our society, and to give the students practical and real problems to solve.

"And I wish, many cooperation agreements would take place among our institutions, universities, organizations, and even factories, this will help our students in scientific researches, and to find jobs after graduation." Dr.  Mushweh concluded.

Bouthaian al-Nounou

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The Syria Trust for Development's Health Initiative




The Syria Trust for Development has launched a health initiative in Damascus governmental shelters in which Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), medical ones and volunteers from local community are playing a key role.

This initiative is just an example of the humanitarian aid being offered by the Trust in one field to alleviate the impact of the crisis  caused by foreign-backed terrorists and al-Qaeda-affiliated .  

The Trust's South Region's press official, Miss. Areej Bawadekji, told Syria times reporter, Basma Qaddourthat  "The initiative was a must whereas the displaced families temporary residing in Damascus shelters need health care."

She clarified that a study's report regarding the displaced people's general health status in Damascus shelters showed a complete lack of health awareness and increase of diseases caused by not looking after personal cleanliness and food safety.


Beneficiary number

The report revealed that mange, head lice-infested, women's inflammations, and under nutrition are the main cases that require urgent treatment.

So, the health initiative team organized sessions to raise displaced people's awareness of these cases and offered free medical services to them.

"Successfully, all cases were treated in the 16 shelters supervised by the Trust within few months," said Miss. Bawadekji, noting that 2300 people benefited from the initiative in October.

This success comes within the initiative's goals that seek to limit the spread of communicable diseases and to provide the displaced people with all available medical services.

Active network

She asserted that a better health status for these families is the target of this initiative that would form a well-trained health network within shelters consisting of displaced people and volunteers.

"The long-term goal is to form network that would empower society to be active during crises and disasters," added Miss. Bawadekji.

A few Volunteers

Such a hard work requires serious cooperation with local community represented by volunteers as to facilitate communication between displaced people and partners.

The Syria Times reporter sat down with three volunteers working in this initiative to speak more about it. 

Mr.Moayad Hejazi, the Initiative's Supervisor, said: "In cooperation with the UNICEF, we have kicked off the initiative on September 9, 2012, with only two volunteers, where about 45 children in "Somaya alMakhzomeyeh" school were examined and provided with right vitamins. But now 32 volunteers are joining the work on the ground."

Actually, this number isn't sufficient to appoint a health official in each shelter as only five volunteers have experience in medicine , said the volunteer, Mr.Othman al-Horani (University student at the Faculty of Medicine).

He was informed about the initiative through his friends and he joined the Trust' voluntary team five months ago.

First-aid training

Mr. al-Horani pointed out  that there is  a plan to train a number of displaced people interested in first aid by the end of this month.

The training course will be held in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in "Massar Center" in Damascus, said Communication Official, Mr.Bashar Majdalawi.

After receiving the first-aid certificate, the trainees are to be active in shelters and society as well, according to the Trust's plan.

A lack of medicine

Everything seems to be ok except the problem of ensuring medicines to the displaced people.

The main sources of medicine are International Medical Corps (IMC), the (SARC), and charity.

"In partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the IMC is operating mobile medical units (MMUs) in Damascus to provide health services to the displaced people affected by the ongoing crisis," said Mr. al-Horani.

He stressed that a good quantity of available medicines, received as charity from pharmacies, is useless as they are for special diseases.

The initiative team is contacting with pharmacies to replace the medicines with common ones for cold, diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, and fever which are necessary in shelters.

In addition, the team is designing a health card to be adopted by the SARC for providing the displaced people with the required medicine according to agreed measures.

No statistics

Regarding the required quantity of medicine, Mr.Majdalawi clarified that it's difficult to prepare a statistic about kind and number of diseases in shelters as some of displaced people returned their home and others rented houses.

Governmental shelters across Syria are temporary hosting thousands of displaced families who fled their homes in volatile areas owing to current crisis.

The Trust

The Syria Trust for Development is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 2001 to empower individuals and communities in Syria to fulfill their role in building their society and shaping their future.

Basma Qaddour




Activating NGOs' role in society stressed

DAMASCUS, (ST) – A workshop on work mechanism of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and means of activating their role in society was held at the People's Assembly on Monday.

Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham ,Speaker of the People's Assembly, said that the Assembly supports parliamentarian workshops in a bid to give a  strategic dimension to any legislation taking into account the peculiarity of Syria.

He hailed the initiative of the Women, Family and Children's Rights' Committee and its cooperation with the NGOs which are so far away from politicization.

Al-Lahham highlighted the international and national NGOs' humanitarian efforts in the current crisis.

Omar al-Hallaj ,an expert at the NGOs work, said that the new draft law noted to the importance of national funding mechanisms that help these NGOs to be financially independent and keep them away from foreign agendas.

He pointed to  the NGOs contribution as regards  achieving the public interest and overcoming poverty, not to mention their role in social care, charity activities and economic development.

The participants stressed the importance of cooperative work between the governmental and non-governmental sectors and the strategic vision embodied by the draft law to crystallize the work of the NGOs.

" approving such a draft law in the current stage in which the NGOs proved its pioneering role in leading development , aid efforts and bridging the gap between the government and the citizens a must , "participants underlined  

Maysa Wasouf

Syrians Will Not Allow Anti-Syria Project To Come Into Effect ,Says al-Zoubi

DAMASCUS, (ST) –"Syrians will not allow the anti-Syria project to come into effect regardless of the sacrifices," said Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi".

Al-Zoubi's remarks came during the memorial service of martyr Mohammad al-Ashram,  al-Ikhbariya TV  reporter, who was killed while on duty by terrorists in Deir Ezzzor,

"They (mercenaries) are nothing in comparison with the overwhelming majority of patriotic Syrians who work to build their country and sacrifice their lives to preserve its sovereignty," clarified al-Zoubi.

"Armed Forces and  civilians are hand in hand to defend their country,"said the minister.

"the conspiracy against Syria seeks to undermine the Syrian model with its national and pan-Arab dimensions, which is why western countries and its Arab agents are escalating, arming and funding because they know that the Syrian model cannot be made a failure  by slogans, fake protests and false claims of legitimate demands",stressed al-Zoubi.

Al-Zoubi affirmed that the sacrifices of the martyrs of journalism, Armed Forces and all other sectors will not go to waste, saying that the confrontation is currently in its most complex stages, its highest and most difficult and violent points, and its widest in terms of geography, type of weapons used and all security and military standards.

He described the "Doha coalition" as  a gang due to its rejection of dialogue .

"Meanwhile, the Syrian state and its parties and national and social forces have a political process with the headline of 'going to war at any time,'" the Minister said, adding that the "Doha coalition" and its members  who reside in Arab and foreign capitals are responsible for the repercussions of violence and killing in Syria.

"How will the "Doha coalition" justify standing in the same line and forming a strategic alliance as a partner with Al Qaeda which brands all Syrians as infidels?" he concluded.

"there is a must to halt violence and putting arms aside", adding "the Syrian state is carrying out its duty in confronting attacks on freedoms and facilities".

He affirmed that the Syrian state is committed to launching an open political national dialogue, without any agenda, with all forces in the society under the title of national sovereignty, partnership and rejection of all forms of foreign intervention.

Minister Omran added that the Gulf funds and the instructions by Qatar or France are rejected and out from debate.

He added that rejection of foreign military intervention is the minimum of nationalism while the martyrdom of Mohammad al-Ashram, his colleagues and the army members constitute the maximum.

The minister expressed confidence that the crisis will come to an end and the Syrian state and people will win.


Premier Al-Halqi Inaugurates Kafer Souseh Services Complex at 165 Million SYP




DAMASCUS,(ST)_ At an estimated  cost of  165 million Syrian Pounds, Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi on Monday inaugurated Kafer Souseh services Complex.

The Prime Minister also  laid the foundation stone for the construction of alternative housing units in Bab Sharqi and inspected  houses to be reconstructed  at an estimated cost of 380 million  Syrian Pounds.


T. Fateh




"Hands off Syria",Chant rings out in Germany

BERLIN, (ST)- Under the motto"Hands off Syria", the Syrian Community and foreign activists  in Mannheim city in Germany have  organized a huge mass rally .

Participants in the rally strongly voiced their solidarity with the Syrian people in the face of the global war waged against Syria to undermine its security and stability.

During the rally participants  raised the Syrian flags and lifted banners appreciating the heroism of the Syrian Arab Army in facing terrorism.

They condemned the foreign intervention in Syria's internal affairs and the western conspiracy against Syria.

They also called for immediate stop of arming  the terrorist groups  in Syria, voicing support to the Syrian  leadership in confronting terrorism .


Scores of Al-Qaeda Terrorists Exterminated




GOVERNORATES,(ST)_ Our armed forces on Sunday continued chasing al-Qaida terrorists who carry out acts of killing and looting in Daraya , Hujeira and al-Zeyabeh in rural Damascus,  and destroyed  their weapons of killings  used against civilians.

Several members of " al-Nusra front" were exterminated following clashes with the armed forces  in Darya Corniche area , where weapons and ammunition were confiscated  including Israeli-made bombs , Dushka  bullets , and PKC machine guns .

In Hujeira, several al-Qaeda  terrorists were eliminated  and their weapons and ammunition confiscated  during clashes with the armed forces , according to an official source.

The source added  that the most dangerous terrorists were purged including  "Abu Suhaib" the terrorist of the Palestinian nationality,  and terrorist "Abu Mohammed al-Shadeed."

The source pointed out that the  killed terrorists  are those who had  planned and carried out the bombings and terrorist attacks, against  Jaramana city, which  claimed the lives of dozens women and children and left scores wounded.

In al-Huseineyah  in al-Sayedeh Zeinab areas, the armed forces killed all members of a terrorist group and destroyed their weapons. Among the terrorists were Ahmad, Ali and Marwan al-Saket.

In Zamalka   the armed forces killed several terrorists belong  to al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra group , who were terrorizing residents in the town , including group leader Abu Omar al-Harastani.

In Aleppo city and countryside, the armed forces on Sunday continued qualitative operations against terrorist groups , causing them heavy human and material losses.

Areas where terrorists  were attacked and defeated : the train station , Tell Sheer in al-Meselmeyeh, Beitroun village, Hamico factory area, al-Kanj restaurant, Zeido duel station, al-Olabi factory, Sheilb bridge to the south of Aleppo, Tishreen dam to the south east of Manbej, Favin village, al-Shahbaa garden, Jamal Abdul Nasser mosque in al-Kallaseh quarters and the fuel station in al-Neirab .

On the other hand, and for the 6th running day, citizens  of al-Merjeh quarters in Aleppo  staged a massive march demanding the  expulsion of the terrorist groups from the area. The terrorists retaliated in opening fire at demonstrators , resulted in killing one woman,  Thana al-Ahmad and wounding others among women and children.

Within the course of sabotage acts carried out in the city of Aleppo, one al-Qaeda  terrorist group destroyed  on Sunday the tomb of Sheikh Mohammed Dbabu in al-Saleheen area  and threatened to destroy more of holy shrines .


In Homs, the  armed forces on Sunday carried out qualitative operations  during which scores of terrorists were killed or wounded in  Jouret Shiyah , Bab Hood , Hamidiya , Rastan and al-Qseer countryside.

In al-Khaledeyah quarters in Homs  scores of terrorists who were terrorizing citizens and committing acts of murder and looting were exterminated , including non-Syrian nationalities, an official source said, adding that  among the killed terrorists  were  Maqdar Omar al-Baqi, Abdul Jalil Harmeh, Omar Mekke al-Jawad, Jawi Abu Baker and Abd al-Fayedeh , all of Saudi nationality, and three Libyan terrorists Miftah Abdul Haq, Muhammad al-Misrati and Dakhil Muhammad Haqqi

The source added that the competent authorities dismantled an explosive device weighing 30 Kg implanted by terrorists  Homs- Tartous  highway.

Another 40Kg explosive device was dismantled, implanted by terrorists near the Male "commerce school" in Bab Qibli quarters  in Hama, where several terrorists were killed including the most dangerous in the city Muhammad Bahaa Alloush.

In Idleb, several al-Nasra front  terrorists were killed  or wounded during clashes with the armed forces

in  Mahmpel  town, whereas one terrorist was killed while trying to implant a bomb near al-Mastoumeh town on Idleb-Arieha highway.

In another context , seven  terrorists were killed and others injured during a fighting erupted following  dispute between two groups of  terrorist organizations  over sharing their stolen materials  in Khan Sheikhoun  in Idleb countryside.


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