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Syrian Writers Association: Fighting Opression; Supporting Democracy and Freedom of Speech

Qantara: Syria’s opposition writers Fighting oppression and censorship Syrian writers in exile have founded a new association. Their aim is to continue their country’s rich literary tradition and to use the pen to fight for political and cultural change and

Sadeq Jalal al-Azm First President of the Syrian Writers Association

From Wikipedia: Please refer to original article for comments and footnotes:   Sadiq Jalal Al-Azm (Arabic: صادق جلال العظم‎‎ Ṣādiq Jalāl al-‘Aẓm; 1934 – December 11, 2016) was a Professor Emeritus of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Damascus in Syria and was, until 2007, a

Eradicating memory, splitting a nation: What Tamerlan had not destroyed

Martin Makinson (This article was first published in the official website of the Syrian Writers Association) As French archaeologist André Parrot once put it, “every cultured man has two homelands: his own and Syria”. This motto was coined by the

STATUTES of The Syrian Writers Association (SWA)

STATUTES of The Syrian Writers Association (SWA) Article 1: Formation and Name of the Association Has been founded between adherents of the present statues and those who will subsequently adhere a Association governed by the law of  a Association whose name is

TRACES OF A TATTOO: CHAPTER 10

Shortly thereafter Aroub went into the bathroom and slammed the door shut. Her panic turning into an elaborate exercise of self-condemnation, she leaned back against the door and started pounding her thighs with her fists and biting at her lower

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

Published on The Nation (http://www.thenation.com/) The Decline and Fall of the American Empire Alfred W. McCoy | December 6, 2010 This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch [1]. A soft landing for America 40 years from now?  Don’t bet on it. 

TIME TO WAKE UP, DOOMSDAY IS HERE

Origin of “Resurrection” The concept of resurrection in religions was established before Hammurabi published his Code. His father was Sin-Muballit the fifth Amorite king of the first dynasty. Balāṭu in Akkadian is “life”. An extension of the word is balluṭu:

ORIGIN OF SATAN

“Satan (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן Satan, meaning “adversary”; [1] Arabic: شيطان shaitan, meaning “astray” or “distant”, sometimes “devil”) is a figure appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions [2][3] who brings evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver who

HOW OLD IS THE MALTESE LANGUAGE?

(This is an etymology chat as many Maltese citizens joined us yesterday and today at the Beehive Literary Circle, not a paper I’m going to upload to Academia.edu., so relax a bit). I miss professor Wettinger, Malta’s Outstanding Authority on its

IS OURS THE AGE OF PORN?

PROTECT YOUR GIRLS. THEY ARE THE FUTURE MOTHERS OF HUMANITY AND EACH ONE MAY BE A TARGET OF THE PORNOGRAPHY INDUSTRY Guests on Google plus pages would have noticed that aside from a relatively very few cases, those eager to

PORNOGRAPHY: HOW LARGE AND HOW DANGEROUS?

Human beings are excellent at detecting patterns. It is a primeval skill vital for survival. A man-eating lion is watched carefully. With time, the watchers become familiar with its basic behavioural habits and prepare a trap to kill it. Because

5,000 YEARS OF MAN SUPREMACY MAY SOON END

Both sexes have to be prepared for the coming huge social turbulance that could test humanity (1 of 5) Like seasonal migratory birds, thousands of boys and girls of many nationalities flock to the Islands of Malta in the summer

THE STORY OF NATURAL ARABIC NUMBERS

THE STORY OF NATURAL ARABIC NUMBERS* Numerics, a special English & Arabic edition THE STORY OF NATURAL ARABIC NUMBERS*The second greatest gift of Ancient Arabs in Southern Arabia to humanity after the alphabetWe have two stories to tell in The

Traces of a Tattoo, a novel by Adel S. Bishtawi: Chapter 24

  Scene: Amman, Jordan: Wissam’s aunt house One week later     Haytham had to lower his head in order to look inside the taxi that had just pulled over in the middle of the road, right in front of

The Arab Spring – an Update

Mare Nostrum: The 7th Biennial European Writers’ Council 5 May 2013 at 17:01 The Seventh Biennial European Writers’ Council was held in Valletta – Malta on 11 April 2013 Here is my prsentation Mare Nostrum The 7th Biennial European Writers’ Council

The Arab Spring

The Arab Spring – We saw it coming and we see it sweeping the entire Arab World  Adel Bishtawi Years years ago I was asked: “What are the chances of the Arab Nation wrestling control of its destiny from the three